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#1 adaliyl

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Posted 04 April 2005 - 11:46 PM

i have been asking for running the program everytime i open my computer...it said that it's from WINDOWS/system32/
i really wanna delete that...as i know it's spreading kind of worm...
but when i open the system32 folder...i can't find any program called msnmsgs.exe
however, it just keeps pop up sometimes asking me to run it.
really wanna ask....how to remove this???
thanks a lot!!

Mod edit: moved to a more appropriate forum. jgweed

Edited by jgweed, 04 April 2005 - 11:54 PM.


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Posted 05 April 2005 - 12:07 AM

What application are you using to delete this? You will need to temporarily disable system restore and scan with your resident AV in "safe mode."
Info:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/

Depending on which of several possible trojans you have (your AV should tell you) you may need to do further research ( I suggest Symantic's Security Response) for additional steps to take.

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 02:24 PM

i have been asking for running the program everytime i open my computer...it said that it's from WINDOWS/system32/
i really wanna delete that...as i know it's spreading kind of worm...
but when i open the system32 folder...i can't find any program called msnmsgs.exe
however, it just keeps pop up sometimes asking me to run it.
really wanna ask....how to remove this???
thanks a lot!!

Mod edit: moved to a more appropriate forum. jgweed

What's the difference between MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger, and Windows Messenger? They're all "Messenger", right? Not at all. It's a confusing mess, thanks to the way Microsoft choose to name several of its applications.

We'll take this one application at a time.




MSN Messenger is an instant messaging client, not unlike Yahoo instant messenger (YIM), or AOL instant messenger (AIM). Any windows user can download MSN Messenger. In addition MSN Messenger may be pre-installed in some cases, such as for those users who have signed up for MSN's version 8 or later service.

On Windows XP, and presumably later, "Windows Messenger" is another instant messaging client, very much like MSN Messenger. It is installed when you install Windows XP, and runs only on Windows XP. (The updated Windows Messenger 5.0 also runs on Windows 2000, and can be downloaded here).

While Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger look very similar, they are, in fact, two separate applications. The good news is that either can be used to access the same .NET Messaging Service contacts. That's the default instant messaging service for both, and the one you'll use on the internet. What that really means is that if all you're doing is instant messaging your friends and family on the internet, it doesn't matter which one you use, and changing from one to the other is not a problem.

Unfortunately, as I said, they are two different programs. They have slightly different feature sets, and release on different schedules. In particular, Windows Messenger is more tightly integrated with applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, or the Remote Assistance feature of Windows XP. The differences, and the confusion, don't end there, though. Microsoft has a Knowledgebase article that touches on more of the technical differences, and provides instructions for installing and running both on the same machine. The good news is that chances are, you'll never need to know how, or why, you would want to.

But, sadly, the confusion does not end there. There is yet another Windows "Messenger".

On Windows 2000 and Windows XP there is a service, called "Messenger", often unfortunately referred to as the "Windows Messenger", that is used to present what can best be called "network messages" to a machine's user. This is not an instant messaging application, but rather software that runs in the background, listening for incoming messages, and popping up a very simple box containing the message when one arrives. The most common example might be in a corporate environment when you send a document to a network printer. The messenger service handles the pop-up message that the printer sends back when it has finished.

Unfortunately the Messenger Service has been exploited by SPAMmers to pop-up unwanted advertising messages on unprotected machines on the internet. The average user has absolutely no need for the Windows Messenger Service, and thus it can safely be turned off. To do so, go to Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Services & Applications -> Services. Double click "Messenger", and set the "Startup Type" to Disabled. You can also "Stop" the service at that same dialog. (You can also grab a copy of 10 Quick Steps to Stopping Pop-Up Ads for help stopping this, and other, pop-up annoyances.)

Think we're done? Guess again. There's one more instant messaging client I want to briefly mention.

If you play certain games on MSN's Gaming Zone, you may also be presented with a small application called "ZoneFriends". Yes, you guessed it, it's yet another instant messaging application, specifically for chatting among the folks you're playing your on-line games with.

Thankfully, though, the word "Messenger" is nowhere to be seen.

Related Links:

Ask Leo! - Why can't I have an Audio conversation using MSN Messenger?
Ask Leo! - Is there a site where I can get old versions of software such as MSN Messenger 5.x?
Ask Leo! - Can I retrieve old MSN Messenger conversations?
Related News from around the web:

The latest on MSN Messenger
The latest on MSN
The latest on Instant Messaging

Heres a program that will stop the Windows Messenger Exe. install it a folow the directions : http://www.grc.com/stm/shootthemessenger.htm

If your running Ad-Aware SE go to the site : http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
and install VX2 Cleaner and Messenger - Control ( this program disables messenger from opening.) when the page opens there on the right side part way down.They will be installed into your Ad-Aware SE program, then run the VX2 Cleaner before you run the program.Just leave Mess.Control ther untill you need it.


How to disable Windows without you uninstalling it.... Go to Outlook Express....tools and options and make sure there is no check in auto log in to Windows Messenger....
Just a word... Do a file and folder search on msmsgs.exe and note the following: The original file from Microsoft gets placed in the Located at C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe . If you find it anywhere else then you should be suspicious for sure.


How to disable Windows Messenger
In Windows XP:

Select "Start"
choose control panel
choose Performance and Maintence.
Choose "Administrative Tools"
** note in Windows XP Home edition, Category View....Admistrative Tools is in Performance and Maintence
Choose "Services"
Scroll till you see Messenger..Right-click on "Messenger"
Select "Stop"
To permanently disable Messenger:
Right click "Messenger"
Select "Properties"Change "Startup Type" to "Disabled" and click "OK"


You might to check and upgrade Windows Messenger to 5.1
But if you remove it, no one can give you remote assistance if needed. Your better off updating to version 5.1.
4.7 is very unsecure and downright annoying. If you update to 5.1, there will be no more annoying pop up ads that seem to randomly come from no where. Remote assist is available and all is right with the galaxy once more.

http://search.microsoft.com/search/results...s+messenger+5.1

Edited by Ronniebebe, 05 April 2005 - 02:33 PM.

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