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#1 vitogee

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 01:23 AM

Hi I am a new member. I was impressed by some of the answer I saw and the help that was given so I thought this was the best place to come with my questions/problems.

Every once in a while I go through my Windows Task Manager Processes to see if there is anything new or funny running. Usually I google the suspicious file name only to discover it is perfectly OK.

Well I am getting a lot of confusing info about MSMSGS. One of the things that concerns me is the file MSMSGS.EXE-0620E8B3.pf

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I run Norton AntiVirus 2005, Spybot Search and Destroy, Adaware and Microsoft AntSpyware. All with current definitions

If it is just windows messenger, which I do not use, how how can I stop it from starting up? It is not in my program list. Better yet, how can I uninstall it? I do not show it as an installed Windows component.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 02:17 AM

MSMSGS - Windows Messenger utility. If you don't use Windows Messenger, this can be annoying. Available via Start -> Programs. Go to Windows Messenger > Tools > Options > Preferences and uncheck "Run this program when Windows starts"

To uninstall it:
Click Start / Control Panel / Add or Remove Programs /
Click Add/Remove Windows Components
Uncheck Windows Messenger, then the Next button, and follow directions
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 02:53 PM

Thanks TG,

The problem is when I go to start/all programs, windows messenger does not show up on the list of programs. When I go the control pannel to remove the windows components the windows messenger box is not checked.

HOWEVER, If I go to the program folder there is a sub-folder for MESSENGER. Ran msmsgs.exe from that folder. It runs Windows Messenger (ver 4.7.3001). I did the tools/options/preferences but there is no "Run this program when Windows starts"
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These are the reasons for my concern.

Thanks again for your help!
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 03:40 PM

Try running these online scans, just in case it's not Windows Messenger:
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

Also this online Trojan scanner:
TrojanScan
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 03:58 PM

Still asuming it is the Messenger, you can go to Start>Run, type msconfig, then click the startup tab on the far right. You can search the list for any programs you don't want running at startup. Then unclick the check box, click ok, and the things you unchecked won't start on your next reboot.

Be careful when doing this, because some things listed in msconfig can prevent the computer from starting if disabled. Just make sure you know what you're disabling.

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 04:13 PM

MSMSGS.EXE-0620E8B3.pf


That looks suspicious to me. According to this site a .pf file can be used to defeat a firewall. Do you have a router?

I'd suggest running a-squared to look for a trojan.

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 06:31 PM

Thanks for all the help. It does not appear to be a virus. None of the scans show it as a trojan or other virus.

The good news is that after trying several of the suggestions it no longer shows up.

Thanks again.

Vito




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