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    Question new type of spam pop up

    url below may be truncated if so here is primary
    "mynetwatchman.com/kb/security/articles/popupspam/index"

    There is a new type of spam popup unleashed on the unsuspecting. See http://mynetwatchman.com/kb/security...spam/index.htm

    I thought that I was nuts last week when they started - I kept getting these pop up messages that got past zonealarm and I couldn't seem to kill them.

    I understand that they are using the win2000 Messenger service. Another writeup said that if you weren't on a LAN and didn't use win2000 messenger that you could safely disable the service. Question is "How to do it"?

    In researching this, another problem was discussed - some anti-virus vendors use win2000 messenger to alert users to new virus updates (I use Symantec and I think they do this, but haven't been able to find out from them if that is true or not.

    Two questions -
    1) does anyone know if Symantec uses win2000 messenger for their announcements
    2) does anyone know - or can you point me to a web site that discusses how to disable win2000 messenger

    After my last encounter with this new pop up - I think I may get their virus updates manually, if that is what it takes.

    Thanks

    Tom
    rusht001@hawaii.rr.com.nospam
    Tom

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    Windows 2000

    Click Start-> Programs-> Administrative Tools->Services
    Scroll down and highlight "Messenger"
    Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
    Click the STOP button.
    Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar
    Click OK

    Windows XP

    Click Start->Control Panel
    Click Performance and Maintenance
    Click Administrative Tools
    Double click Services Scroll
    down and highlight "Messenger"
    Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
    Click the STOP button.
    Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar
    Click OK

    http://www.itc.virginia.edu/desktop/docs/messagepopup/

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    Thumbs up win2000 messenger

    Thanks reverend - I think I got it stopped - now I am trying to find out if Symantec uses it

    tom
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    this was posred in the security forums awhile back

    http://www.techzonez.com/forums/show...&threadid=2742

    those pesky spammers always find away

    i wish they could find a way to send me some money

    cheers

    egghead



    nice one revered!
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