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    Windows Messenger (XP)

    Control Panel | Add or Remove Programs | Add/Remove Windows Components

    I have removed the checkbox for Windows Messenger. Yet the program is still installed, since ZoneAlarm (my firewall) constantly asks me if I want to allow it "to access the Internet" and "to act as a server?"

    What gives? I don't want Messenger on my system, especially if it's lurking in the background connecting to the Internet. Thanks!

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    Is this the IM client? I believe Outlook and Outlook Express will fire it up automatically. In Outlook, you can turn this off, but in OE, I'm not sure you can.

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    If you search the forums for Windows Messenger, you will see a lot of posts regarding this very topic. The IM client and the service are two separate, distinct entities, and stopping them requires different steps depending on which it is.

    Either way, Messenger is an annoying component and one of the most frequently discussed topics in the Lounge.
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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    How do I tell if it's the IM client? (I know it's version 4.7.) I disabled Messenger via C:Program FilesMessengermsmsgs.exe and C:Program FilesOutlook Expressmsimn.exe; I don't have Outlook on my laptop. My firewall is still asking the same questions...

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    You are dealing with the IM client. Follow the steps in <post#=135601>post 135601</post#> and you should never need to be aware that it's on your machine again. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    Actually, while I seem to have removed Messenger from XP Home, it's still running on XP Pro. I executed the steps using GPEDIT.MSC, but ZoneAlarm keeps asking about msmgs.exe...

    I do not have Outlook on the same computer as XP Pro, but I think Outlook Express is on here somewhere, since whenever I click a mailto: link, the program comes up. But I can't find the pertinent .EXE file in crogram filesoutlook express... Thanks again!

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    The actual Outlook Express application is msimn.exe - although I do not see how that could affect you. With GPEDIT, did you Enable both policies at the Computer Configuration level?
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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    No, I changed them both from Not Configured to Disabled...

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    t's a bit of a mind-bender. The default is that WM runs. The controls say "not". Thus, to stop WM running, you have to Enable the controls! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    Okay, I enabled both controls and rebooted. Yet ZoneAlarm still asks if I want "to allow Messenger to access the Internet."

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    Here is what I do, start up MS Messenger, then go to "Tools, Options" and then the "Preferences" tab and clear ALL check boxes.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    Rather than troubleshoot this any further, you might like to try the following. This should remove Windows Messenger from your system completely. You would have to reinstall it if you ever wanted to use it.

    Choose Start|Run. Copy the following from this page - by highlighting and using Ctrl+C (to copy) - followed by Ctrl+V (to paste) in the Run box:

    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

    then press Enter.

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    Didn't work...

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    Are your settings like the attachment in ZA?

    If you have the "?" then it is doing it's job and is "Asking" for permission. The settings I have are "Blocking" it from even asking.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Messenger (XP)

    I retract my last post. I think it worked; I'll try RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove if it didn't. Thanks so much for your help guys!

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