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Microsoft anti-spyware & Messenger

by Marie Boyer / April 28, 2005 3:40 AM PDT

I have XP Proone Alarm, NAV 2005, and run multiple anti-spyware products, including Microsoft anti-spyware (MSAS).

Despite having disabled "messenger" from startup, the MSAS program appears on my desktop as a pop-up (approximately every 60 seconds) in the bottom right-hand corner of my desktop telling me the following:

"An application change has been allowed. Microsoft anti-spyware has allowed the startup program Messenger by Microsoft Corp. to be installed in your startup registry. Name: Messenger. File path: c:/programfiles/messenger/msmsgs.exe. This program is known to be spyware free."

Someone kindly advised me to try "shoot the messenger." I downloaded that program and ran it. The pop-up is still there every 60 seconds. I have winpatrol, and from what I can tell, the messenger is disabled.

So, I do not understand the continued popup message. I also click on the information tab and MSAS tells me "no information currently available." I want to get rid of the constant pop-up message; more an annoyance issue than one that should concern me? (right?). Can someone help on this one? MUCH APPRECIATED.

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Hi Marie, do you have
by roddy32 / April 28, 2005 3:59 AM PDT
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PS Marie
by roddy32 / April 28, 2005 4:10 AM PDT

I can also tell you how you can get rid of the alert by changing a setting on MSAS but I'm not sure why you keep getting it in the first place even if you DO have MSN Messenger.

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I made the same point Roddy.
by dawillie / April 28, 2005 4:17 AM PDT
In reply to: PS Marie

Marie may not have set her MS Anti SPyware properly....

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You will also have to disable in Messenger
by dawillie / April 28, 2005 4:16 AM PDT

Regardless of whether you are referring to MSN Messenger or Windows Messenger, open the Messenger>Tools>Options>General>uncheck 'Automatically run Messenger when i logon to Windows> apply> OK.

Now your messenger will not start when you logon.

in addition go to your browser>tools> internet options> programs> manage add ons.

Click on Messenger> disable >OK and you are done.


I get the pop up ONLY with ICQ.

You may therefore want to look at the advanced options in the MS Anti Spyware Beta because you should not be getting the pop up with Messenger.

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Hi guys!
by Marie Boyer / April 28, 2005 4:35 AM PDT

I am pretty sure I do not have MSN Messenger, only Microsoft. I will do everything dawillie recommended. Can you tell me how to set my MSAS properly? Thanks so much for your help. You guys are quite a team.

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This is only for the alerts
by roddy32 / April 28, 2005 4:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi guys!

for things that you have allowed Marie. Open up MSAS and click on the top left where it says "options", then click "settings", then on the left had side under where it says "settings", click on "alerts". Then UNcheck the box where it says "show an alert if an ignored threat has been detected and allowed to run". OR you can uncheck the box above it that says "enable allowed alerts" but I prefer to keep that second one checked so I know what is going on.

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dawillie & roddy32
by Marie Boyer / April 28, 2005 12:41 PM PDT

It worked! I followed the steps in dawillie's email, and then I made the change in MSAS. And the constant pop-up alert is GONE!!!!

This forum is fantastic. I am addicted! Thank you both SO much.

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so change from newbie to intermediate
by dawillie / April 28, 2005 3:34 PM PDT
In reply to: dawillie & roddy32

come here and lurk and if smthing sounds familiar jump in and post.

that is what started me.

lets see you do it now.

you go, Marie.

david wiiliams

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The thought of posting
by Marie Boyer / April 28, 2005 8:19 PM PDT

an answer rather than a question is scary. I still find everything intimidating. But maybe in a year or so, if I stick with this. Thanks again!

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(NT) (NT) You're welcome Marie, glad we could help. :D
by roddy32 / April 28, 2005 9:02 PM PDT
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