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sqmdata and sqmnoopt

by logansorenson / August 23, 2006 12:05 AM PDT

I suddenly have lots of sqmdata and sqmnoopt files with a .sqm extension on my c:\ drive. ?Googling? only tells me that they are connected with windows live messenger, which I knew as I have recently and reluctantly downloaded it after nagging from my kids. I cannot find out anything about them except that they are to do with user experience. I don?t want them, and if I can?t stop them I will remove messenger. I do not like stuff like this at the best of times. If multiple files are needed and it is difficult to find info on them, I don?t want them, or the program no matter how innocent the program distributor says they are. So can anybody help with what these files are actually for, how, if at all can I stop them from accumulating and why, if they are needed and useful is it so difficult to find out anything about them?
Thanks in advance.

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Link, comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2006 12:15 AM PDT
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Re- Bob's comment
by logansorenson / August 23, 2006 1:17 AM PDT
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Thanks, Bob. I already have this de-activated. In case it helps anybody else, it is under tools/options/general, about half way down the page.
It may be that my kids have it activated. I Shall have to check, but since their windows accounts are limited one would expect to have some sort of control.

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Try an alternative
by john_mcdoogle / August 23, 2006 12:44 AM PDT
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Instead of using Windows Live Messenger, which seems to leave these things all over the place, you might try an alternative program like Trillian. There's a free version which seems to work just fine connecting to people on the MSN instant messenger network (of which Windows Live Messenger is the latest incarnation of). It can also connect to the Yahoo network, which is about the only significant change in Windows Live Messenger over the older MSN Messenger.

You can find out more at:

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Re- try an alternative
by logansorenson / August 23, 2006 1:21 AM PDT
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Thanks, john_mcdoogle. But you see, my kids have bugged me for this because of the functions in it and I would like to resolve this, or at least try before I remove it. I have told them if I have issues with it it will go (they know how privacy and security concious I am)but have promised to give it a chance.

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by equazcion / August 28, 2006 12:44 PM PDT
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John's suggestion may still help you, Smiling. You might be misunderstanding the purpose of the Trillian program he mentioned. Trillian is a program that can replace MSN Messenger (or "Windows Live Messenger"), but it connects to the same network. Your kids will be able to use Trillian to sign on to MSN with the accounts they already created, see their buddy lists, and communicate with their friends on MSN just as they do now. They should also have most of the same functions that they use with MSN, such as image/voice/video/file transfers, etc.

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by logansorenson / August 28, 2006 9:03 PM PDT
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Thanks. I think I'll take a look. Live messenger, like much of microsofts stuff seems to think it knows what's best for us, don't you think? Thank you, Nanny Bill!

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