Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Di, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. Di

    Di Active Member

    I'm getting quite fed up with windows messenger. I quite often come home to find it has logged me in and I have had people trying to talk to me. Again and again I uncheck the box that says "let windows run in the background", but it keeps resetting itself. I wouldn't mind, but I don't like it to look like I'm ignoring people who are trying to talk to me. If i delete windows messenger from the system, will MSN still run properly? If not, anyone have any other ideas on how I can stop windows messenger signing me in whenever it feels like it.
  2. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    afaik you can't actually remove windows messenger, but you can remove msn messenger and change the settings on windows messenger never to run at all :) there should be a "run on startup" option or similar to uncheck, etc. i don't use either of them at all, i deleted msn messenger and it doesn't cause any problems. instead i use gaim which is downloadable here :)
  3. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    I am getting a tad fed up with a few issues on MSN too. I have the latest version installed (7.0) but I sometimes find that it has logged me in using the default 4.6 version supplied with my version of XP Pro. The messenger icon in the task bar shows I am not logged in (i.e. red cross through icon) but I then start receiving messages etc.

    Does anyone know how to remove 4.6...?
  4. Lisa

    Lisa Member

    Cardiff, Uk
    Yeah, messenger signing me in when I didn't want to be signed in really used to annoy me too!
    But I now have it blocked...I downloaded Ad-Aware which has an add on that allows you to block windows. Found out about it from the spyware thread on here:
  5. heidnr

    heidnr New Member

    There is a website: that specialises in internet security and they have a free application called Shoot the Messenger. That will deal with Windows Messenger quite nicely and permanently. It can also be turned off manually in one of the System Tools folders in win 2k (and I assume win XP) but I can not remember how.
  6. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    South London
    Go to Add/Remove Programs, click on Add/Remove windows components, scroll down to windows messenger, uncheck box.

    Rocket Science
  7. Di

    Di Active Member

    Thanks all. Thanks Lynchie. I didn't know if MSN shared some of Windows messenger files and would run alone. I've done the above and will see what happens! :biggrin:
  8. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    Use Trillian!
  9. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    Beeston, Nottingham
    I use xChat. Or Gaim. Not that I use those much.

    Trillian is supposedly good for Windows users though :)
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