Block Messenger Pop-Ups
Unscrupulous marketers can set junk messages to appear unannounced on your screen, but we've got the tip you need to block the annoying missives.Recently, I began to receive spam messages that simply pop up on my computer screen. After a little research, I discovered that this spamming technique uses Windows built-in Messenger service, which sends messages in a broadcast across a network. The way to block these annoying messages is to disable the Messenger service. In Windows XP, you can do this through the Control Panel. Navigate to Administrative Tools | Services. Double-click on Messenger and click on Stop. Then set the Startup Type to Manual or Disable. Click on OK and the pop-up spam will be blocked.
Greg MelocheNetwork administrators have used the Messenger service (not to be confused with the MSN Messenger instant-messaging clients) to broadcast notices to all network users, but these days theyre much more likely to use e-mail. On most networks, the Messenger service is simply not needed, and its certainly useless when your system is not connected to a network.
In Windows NT 4.0, 2000, and XP, the Messenger service receives messages from other computers on the network, typically transmitted using NET SEND at the command line. For example, the command NET SEND * Wanna buy a duck? sends the message Wanna buy a duck? to all users (see