I rarely use RealPlayer but I do have it installed so I just checked it. If you open it up, click on "tools", then "preferences". When that opens up, look on the left hand side where it says "automatic services" and if you expand that it will say "message center". Click on that, when it comes up click on "configure message center" and and UNcheck the box there that says "Check for new messages". It will ask you for conformation because you just turned off the message center, just click OK, That should disable it. You can always check for security updates manually.
Windows XP Pro
I just updated my real player to get the April 2005 "security update" patch for the real player, as recommended in a PC World newsletter. I noticed this morning a new icon in my startup tray (bottom right, near the clock, not sure if using right name?) for "real messenger." I opened it and I had two messages. I removed the icon from the startup tray and then went searching for a way to remove it from my computer.
I am guessing that it is not something I want or will ever use. I opened real player, went to properties, and saw nothing that helps. I went to the control panel to try "add or remove" and it was not listed. Could this so-called "security patch" have installed this messenger without any ability to separately remove it from within realplayer? (You guys helped me remove the microsoft messenger. That was not easy. Thanks again!)
Any thoughts or advice on this one? Thanks!