Windows Messenger Spam Elimination Freeware
by Steve Gibson, Gibson Research Corporation.
|Page last modified: Dec 17, 2005 at 16:24||Developed by Steve Gibson|
In addition to being a security risk, Windows'
This 22 kbyte "Shoot The Messenger" utility gives users
Bad Company: These sample home pages give you a good idea what's going on, and just how bad it's likely to become:
If you ever see legitimate pop-up warnings or announcements with the phrase "Messenger Service" in the title bar, you might have an application running in your system that relies upon the built-in Messenger Service for the delivery of its information. But every application we know of displays its own pop-up alert dialogs, and we're not aware of any programs that rely upon the Messenger Service. It's just a theoretical possibility. If it turns out that you do need to have the Messenger Service running, "Shoot The Messenger" will easily re-enable and start the service.
What is the Messenger Service?
You probably didn't know any of that was there, and neither do most people. It's a never-used feature that has been replaced by the various well known, popular, and feature-rich instant messaging systems. But, like a great many other "legacy" features of Windows, since it was once included, it survives in case anyone who once used it might still need it.
As you can probably see . . .
behind a personal firewall or NAT router, shutting
down the Messenger Service is a good idea.
NT/2000/XP user to easily stop and disable
the unnecessary Messenger Service running
in their machines.
Shooting The Messenger
If, for any reason, you should ever choose to re-enable the Windows Messenger Service, simply re-run ShootTheMessenger to do so.
ShootTheMessenger supports two command line convenience options which can be useful for operation from corporate logon scripts or batch command files:
Demonstrating and Testing Messenger Spam
That's all there is to it. It's simple, straightforward, and highly recommended for every user of Windows 2000 and XP.
I hope you will find "ShootTheMessenger" to be a useful and reliable addition to your personal collection of software utilities. Please feel free to share this program with your family and friends. We know of no one who needs to, or should be, running the Messenger Service . . . but as you have seen, unless and until it is deliberately stopped and disabled, everyone is running it needlessly.
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