How to disable the Messenger Service

It has been possible for many years to spam users using the Messenger Service. This type of spam is also called WEBPOPUP and it can hit you even when your web browser is closed. Why people waited until now to start using this type of pop up spam is not known. In fact, there is legitimate use of Messenger Service pop ups. System administrators may send a Messenger Service pop up window to users to display important information. The problem is that anyone, not just the system administrator, can send these messages. Spammers have taken advantage of this sad fact.

The best solution is to download a popup killer that automatically closes the webpopup spam. You can also read our guide how stop the Messenger Service pop-up spam here.

How to disable the Messenger Service

Windows XP (Home and Professional editions):
1. Click Start -> Control Panel
2. Click Performance and Maintenance.
3. Click Administrative Tools.
4. Double click Services.
5. Scroll down and highlight “Messenger” (a single click).
6. Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
7. Click the STOP button.
8. Select Disable or Manual under the “Startup Type” menu selection.
9. Click OK.
10. No need to reboot – You are now blocking webpopups advertisements!

Windows NT/2000 (Server and Professional editions):
1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Admin. Tools -> Services.
2. Scroll down and highlight “Messenger” (a single click).
3. Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
4. Click the STOP button.
5. Select Disable or Manual under the “Startup Type” menu selection.
6. Click OK.
7. No need to reboot – You are now blocking webpopup advertisements!

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