You probably don't need this tool because you already now how to disable it but this page has a good explanation on it.
We build & sell PCs & service them when neccesary, nearly always to do with Spyware/Adware/Virii, etc. We always impress upon the buyers that they need to get "protection", giving them the URLs for AVG, AdAware & Spybot. Most are first time PC buyers (yes, there are still some around!), who apparently think we're exaggerating.
One weird little problem (little to me, since I know how to stop it) is a customer with Win2k calling in hysterics because he or she just got a message from Windows/Microsoft telling them the registry is corrupt, or the hard drive will crash in 4 hours (always specific as to amount of time), or they have been infected with a Trojan since 11:39 am today (again, specific), or similar message. Of course there is ALWAYS a link for them to click to "fix" this problem. They click and then ARE in a fix. This only happens with Win2k.
After calming them down, I walk them through the process of disabling the Windows Messenger, while explaining it's just 'something' that exploits a flaw, looking for a computer to compromise.
This isn't a very good explanation & saying it's "a thing" in Messenger isn't very professional, lol. Can anyone tell ME just what this is, so I may sound a little more knowledgeable? Is this a virus, worm, trojan, etc., or do I just continue calling it "a thing" ? Seriously, I'd like to know what's causing this.
Thank you for your time.