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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-18-2006, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a Virus???

or rather Spyware??

This keeps popping up on my computer.



I've run Anti-Spyware and Anti Virus but this is still popping up...

Is it real?? or do I need to get rid of it and if so, HOW DO I REMOVE IT??

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-18-2006, 03:45 PM
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looks like adware. Goto trendmicro.com and run the housecall
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-18-2006, 04:11 PM
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hit start then RUN.. type in services.msc and enter find the service 'messenger' double click it
Stop the service then change the start up type to 'disabled'

Never see it again

I think Service Pack 2 goes ahead and disables it also


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You might also go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com and download all of the patches available from microsoft.
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heh, i had that same one.. about a year ago.. Although i'm not sure what i did, it just stopped coming one day.. I was happy.
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My god... turning off Windows Messenger has been the IT mantra for at least the past 5 years as a BASIC security precaution.

And people still don't get it.

Amazing.

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My god... turning off Windows Messenger has been the IT mantra for at least the past 5 years as a BASIC security precaution.

And people still don't get it.

Amazing.
Yeah I know, it probably happened to me the first day I installed XP.
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My god... turning off Windows Messenger has been the IT mantra for at least the past 5 years as a BASIC security precaution.

And people still don't get it.

Amazing.

Well, if it is/was ADWARE, Spyware or a Virus, turning off Windows Messenger doesn't FIX the problem, it just hides it.....

Oh and thanks to the people that did help.

It was ADWARE,

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-20-2006, 01:05 AM
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Well, you had said that you ran anti-spyware and anti-virus and that hadn't worked. Also, keep in mind the image you posted.



See the title of the window? It says "Messenger Service". I'm not trying to be an ass, just stating why people would assume it was Messenger's fault.
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Well, if it is/was ADWARE, Spyware or a Virus, turning off Windows Messenger doesn't FIX the problem, it just hides it.....

Oh and thanks to the people that did help.

It was ADWARE,

Jeff
You're right, it was adware... it was a broadcast advertisement over an IP range going to all machines with Windows Messenger turned on. They're hocking their shit on gulible people who STILL haven't turned messenger off.

That message wouldn't have come up, had messenger been off. Not because it's "hiding" the problem, but because the "problem" isn't actually anything malicious on the system, it's a simple broadcast message to a range of IP addresses... had messenger been off, the "problem" would've been fixed, because they couldn't have broadcast the message to your ip address in the first place.

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