I keep getting these pop-up messages. They’re very plain, just grey boxes
with an OK button, but they are annoying. Someone told me it’s from something
called the “Messenger Service” and that I can turn it off. How?
First let’s be clear, Windows Messenger Service is
not related to the Messenger instant messaging programs – it’s
something else entirely. It’s a “service”, which is software that runs in the
background, listening for incoming network messages, and popping up a very
simple box containing the message when one arrives.
And it’s very easy to turn off.
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As you’ve seen, the Windows 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 it can safely be turned off.
Messenger Service and it can safely be turned off.”
To turn off the Windows Messenger Service:
Click on Start
Click on Programs
Click on Accessories
Click on Administrative Tools
Click on Computer Management
In the Computer Management tool, expand Services &
Applications in the left-hand pane by clicking on the plus sign in
front of it.
Click on Services in the resulting list.
In the right hand pane, scroll down until you find the entry
Messenger, and double click on it.
In the resulting properties box set the Startup Type to
You can also click on Stop, to stop the service
Click OK, close the Computer Management window, and you’re
Windows Messenger Service might be used in a corporate environment – for
example 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
But in the home, or even in a small office setting, there’s simply no