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    Messenger SPAM - and I never installed Messenger (XP SR1 OEM Spanish)

    How can I be getting Messenger spam when I never installed Windows Messenger? That was one of the pluses of being forced to do a clean install, I thought.
    I'm getting spam from Orlando, which/who wants me to dial a US number - from Spain, thank you very much.
    It may be coincidental, but I uninstalled ZoneAlarm today, and enabled my Panda Antivirus built-in firewall.
    I still can't figure out how this can be happening. I thought my NetBios port was closed. I've just disabled Messenger Service but I don't understand how they all relate, plus I'm worried about being open to attack. Maybe the occasional ZoneAlarm crash/reboot is worth it...

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    Just checked this thread <http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=win&Number=187520&page=&vie w=&sb=&o=&vc=1> - sorry I can't seem to get the tags to work from Opera - and found out a bit more about the whole thing.

    Will write to Panda about how to configure their firewall. It doesn't seem to distinguish easily between server activity and client activity. I may go back to ZA, but I'll give Panda a whirl for now. Do let me know if there's anything new I should read about.

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    Re: Messenger SPAM - and I never installed Messenger (XP SR1 OEM Spanish)

    First of all, there are several absolutely unrelated things called "Messenger". They are Messenger service, Windows Messenger and Microsoft Network (MSN) Messenger.
    Messenger service is a process running in Windows that transmit messages between clients and servers on the network (when you use "net send" command, for example).
    Windows Messenger is an application, installed on Windows XP machines by default (another words, until you UNinstall it).
    MSN messenger is a program similar to Windows Messenger, but it is not installed unless you do so.

    MIcrosoft did all legal tricks to prevent you from uninstalling Windows Messenger. It is not on Windows Component list (unless you edit sysoc.inf file), and even after installing SP-1 and unchecking Windows Messenger on Windows Component list, Windows does not fully uninstall Windows Messenger.

    The only sure way to uninstall Windows Messenger is to click Start | Run, type

    RunDLL32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

    (make sure you have blank spaces before advpack and %windir%) and hit Enter.

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    Re: Messenger SPAM - and I never installed Messenger (XP SR1 OEM Spanish)

    Hi, MFF ~

    Please see this post hopefully to help clear up any confusion. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Messenger SPAM - and I never installed Messenger (XP SR1 OEM Spanish)

    For an explanation of this SPAM and some suggested solutions, see post 187520 and its replies

    StuartR

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