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    Windows messenger (Home)

    Running XP Home edition and someone talked me into loading Windows Messenger. Now I'd like to get rid of it completely and get away from a lot of pop-up ads that coattail in on it. I much prefer ICQ. Can some one tell me how to remove Windows Messenger. It does not appear in the list of programs when I go to Add/Remove.
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    Re: Windows messenger (Home)

    There are at least two ways to get rid of Windows Messenger.

    1. Install SP-1 for Windows XP, and you will be able to uninstall Windows Messenger from COntrol Panel | Add or Remove Programs | Add/Remove Windows Components (first of two entries).

    2,. To ununstall Windows Messenger immediately and completely (you can reinstall it later), Click Start | Run and type exactly as below (or copy and paste):
    RunDLL32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
    (When typing, make sure insert blank spaces before advpack and %windir%)
    Hit Enter and - volia!

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    Re: Windows messenger (Home)

    I suspect dumping Windows (MSN?) Messenger won't stop your pop-ups.

    See the thread <!post=Unsolicited Webpopups - the new Spam?,187520>Unsolicited Webpopups - the new Spam?<!/post>. There's a lot to read, but mostly good stuff.
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    Re: Windows messenger (Home)

    Good point Tim - there's a significant difference between the Messenger service and .NET Messenger. Nice naming conflict from Redmond there. And thanks for referencing that other thread!

    However, a lot of people think having the little MSN Messenger icon running when they didn't ask for it sucks (myself included) not to mention the insistence that you sign up for .NET. On my machines, I take 'em both out, although I do use Trillian to chat via MSN Messenger.

    Now, I just started to <img src=/S/jollyroger.gif border=0 alt=jollyroger width=29 height=18> this thread so I'm going to shut up now!
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    Re: Windows messenger (Home)

    MSN Messenger was but a brief flicker on my system before the inevitable <img src=/S/blackhole.gif border=0 alt=blackhole width=15 height=15>.

    I haven't been called a control freak recently (at least today), but I hate being forcefed. Each time I upgrade, Linux & Open Office look more & more like sensible options.

    What <img src=/S/pirate.gif border=0 alt=pirate width=22 height=18>?
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    Re: Windows messenger (Home)

    Thank you much. Did that and got rid of Messenger. I find ICQ is much better for chatting.

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