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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

is it just me or have those annoying fake chat windows stopped popping up when using msn messenger, you know, the ones that are really porn adverts?

they were popping up about every 15 minutes now they've completely gone - i hope this hasn't just gone and jinxed me and they all come back again :?
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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

Have u upgraded ur msn messenger? I'm using the latest one and I don't get any, or maybe i've just been lucky, lol

Platty
geewizz
Grafter
Posts: 1,125
Registered: 01-08-2007

no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

Now that you mention it, I have noticed a similair lack of spam MSN messsages since I upgraded MSN. Perhaps they have managed to sort it out, or maybe I took the time to check out the settings when I set the defaults after downloading it this time?

Either way I am much happier without these irritating little intrusions.
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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

from what i can see it's something they've done their side as i've not updated msn messenger or changed any of my settings.

i've had the latest messenger quite a while and my personal settings for hotmail and messenger are very severe anyway but the annoying chat windows were getting through.

there is a patch that is available from microsoft that is meant to rectify the problem but it isn't clear whether it prevent further chat windows from popping up or it simply prevents your contact list from being pinched.

i would like to say that the patch sorted the whole problem out but i can't even get it to install as it doesn't believe i've internet explorer 6 installed - i happen to know different though.

anyway, it's good to see people are free of those intrusive popups - long may it last.
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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

well that was a complete waste of time.

i've just received another unwelcome chat window :x
gbanfill
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Posts: 2
Registered: 10-04-2007

no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

I suggest you change to using trillian instead of MSN. You can get it from http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/trillian/index.html. It supports other IM protocols as well (AIM, Yahoo, MSN maybe some more) Cheesy

George
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Sound BAD!

You really shouldn't be getting any pop ups whilst using Messenger - sounds like you've got some scumware installed on your system (these programmes often come with "free" apps and take over your PC by adding toolbars here and there).

I would THOROUGHLY reccomend you download and run something like http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ which will "Search & Destroy".

If you use messenger a lot, try this http://www.msgplus.net/index.php too.
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Registered: 05-04-2007

no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

People,
These annoying messages are nothing to do with MSN Messenger. They are in fact a service that allows people to send other people messages across a network... if you're on a networked Windows XP computer, go to the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del), Users tab, right-click on a user, then click "Send Message...". Type in a message and send it... the message will appear on whoever's computer you sent it to, whether you are they are running MSN Messenger or not.

As to how to stop these things from appearing; you can either disable the service, or just use a firewall! This will not affect MSN Messenger in any way.

Thomas
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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

Oh yer, forgot about that one!

On XP click start > Run and type "services.msc" in the dialogue box.



Now right click on messenger and select properties



Now select disable from the drop down box



And say goodbye to annoying messages!!!
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they were msn messenger chat windows

when i first mentioned the annoying messenger popup windows i wasn't aware that there was a similar annoying popup window that a lot of people were experiencing - the NETWORK message popup problem.

i REALLY was getting msn messenger chat windows popping up - the type were you can immediately start typing back to someone. they were always porn related messages that mentioned a link to a website.

i know it wasn't someone just playing a trick with me as they looked very automated - it was nearly always the same message but with a different 'from' user name.

i complained about it as i had msn messenger set to refuse all unwelcome incoming chats without my consent yet these chat windows would still pop up.

they stopped a long time ago - of their own accord as far as i can tell (i do use adaware so maybe that was it?)

i never had the more common network chat window problem that has been discussed by people here but i did see it happen on friends computers.

(trillian didn't fix the problem i had either and it wasn't any kind of issues to do with firewalls - unless i have zone alarm set up wrong.)

anyway, it's good to see everyone seems to be on top of the other annoying messenger popup window problem. maybe the problem i had was all just a bad dream...
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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

Whe you're dreaming about your PC, you know you've been staring at that screen for waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long :lol:
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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

Hi there

Only loosely related to the subject - does anyone have any knowledge/tips about the annoying fact that you cannot use MSN Messenger with XP? It kind of amazes me that although XP is the latest product, you can't get the latest version of the Messenger software (well you have to use WINDOWS Messenger instead of MSN Messenger, which stands at version 4.7 as opposed to 6, and doesn't include some of the features of the MSN one, e.g. to display a picture somewhere in the chat window, a friend on W2K tells me).

I have downloaded Messenger Plus! which works with both and gives you some nice extra features (including blocking the ads displayed at the bottom), but not necessarily the features missing from the XP version.

QUESTION: What's this all about, is it gonna be rememdied soon, or should I just switch to a non-MS product like Trillian and forget about it?

I used Trillian once briefly years ago, but didn't enjoy it as it was (a) confusing and (b) didn't have the more 'fun' features of the messenger programmes it supported, sort of defeating the object of chatting. Has it got better since?

[Moderators note (by Thomas): Odd bold tag removed.]
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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

I'm not a user of the MS Messenger products, but what makes you say you cannot use MSN Messenger on XP? My understanding is you can have both installed.

Also, the latest version of Windows Messenger is V5 http://www.microsoft.com/windows/messenger/default.asp?&gssnb=1

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How are MSN Messenger and Windows® Messenger different?

Windows XP comes with Windows Messenger, which remains available even after MSN Messenger 6.0 is installed on your computer.

Here are some things to keep in mind:
  • Only Windows Messenger can connect to the Communications Service and Exchange Instant Messaging, which are only used in corporations.
  • Some programs, such as Outlook, Outlook Express, and Remote Assistance, connect to Windows Messenger by default. When you are signed in to MSN Messenger, you may appear offline to people who connect to these programs and have you listed as a contact.
  • MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger can run at the same time, but only one will start automatically. You can start the other program from your list of programs (in Windows, click the Start button, point to All Programs. In most cases, MSN Messenger will start automatically whenever you start Windows, unless you turn off this setting in your Messenger options. However, if you have set up Windows Messenger for corporate instant messaging and to start automatically when you start Windows, then it will continue in this manner and MSN Messenger will not start automatically., and then click the program you want to start).
  • In most cases, MSN Messenger will start automatically whenever you start Windows, unless you turn off this setting in your Messenger options. However, if you have set up Windows Messenger for corporate instant messaging and to start automatically when you start Windows, then it will continue in this manner and MSN Messenger will not start automatically.
  • You can be signed in to both MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger at the same time, but not with the same .NET Passport account. For instance, you can sign in to MSN Messenger with your Passport and then sign in to Windows Messenger with a different Passport account or with your corporate instant messaging account.
  • When both programs are running, you will see icons for each in your Windows taskbar (near your computer's clock). You can tell them apart by pointing to them with your mouse. When you point to an icon, a message appears telling you which program it is.
  • If you are signed in to one Messenger program with your Passport and then sign in to the other one using the same account, you will be automatically signed out of the first program.
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no more unwelcome chat windows in msn

well i tryed and got msn messsenger ok on xp with all latest updates from

http://messenger.msn.com/Download/

Try there and see how u get on.

Platty