|What is Windows
|First there was Spam (junk emails), then popup
ads to annoy surfers. Now the latest trick is called IP Messaging. With
software programs such as IP Messenger
advertisers are now able to send advertisements straight to your
computer via your IP address using software automatically installed in
Windows XP and Windows 2000.
Windows XP and
Windows 2000 both have a software program called Windows Messenger
installed and loaded by default. This software allows you to send and
receive messages directly from one computer to another. Advertisers
have now discovered how to abuse this option to send advertisements
direct to a users screen.
How do I disable Windows Messenger?
In Windows XP:
(2) Choose "Control Panel"
(3) Choose "Administrative Tools"
** note in Windows XP Home edition, Admistrative Tools is in
Performance and Maintence
(4) Choose "Services"
(5) Right-click on "Messenger"
(6) Select "Stop"
To permanently disable Messenger:
(7) Right click "Messenger"
(8) Select "Properties"
(9) Change "Startup Type" to "Disabled" and click "OK"
In Windows 2000:
(2) Choose "Settings"
(3) Choose "Control Panel"
(4) Choose "Administrative Tools"
(5) Choose "Services"
(6) Right-click "Messenger"
(7) Select "Properties"
(8) Click "Stop" To permanently disable Messenger:
(9) Change "Startup Type" to "Disabled" and click "OK"
In Windows NT:
(2) Choose "Control Panel"
(3) Choose "Services"
(4) Right-click "Messenger"
(5) Select "Properties"
(6) Click "Stop" To permanently disable Messenger:
(7) Click "Startup"
(8) Change "Startup Type" to "Disabled" and click "OK"
about Windows 95 or Windows 98 IP Messaging?
Although the technology
for this type of IP Messaging is available in Win95/98, it was in the
form of a program called WinPopUp. It can be installed or uninstalled
from Add/Remove Programs. In Windows 95, it is found in the Accessories
section, while in Windows 98 it is installed through System Tools.
Although the version in
Win95/98 and the version in Win2K/XP are not compatible with each
other, they do offer an interesting way to communicate between
computers (as long as its not abused). For more information on how to
use WinPopUp or Windows Messenger to send and receive emails, you may
want to visit the World of
Windows Networking article on PopUp Messages.
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