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Block Messenger Service SPAM (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular

The Messenger service is normally used to transmit net send and Alerter service messages between clients and servers. Recently it has been employed by marketers for sending unsolicited advertising popups (SPAM) over the Internet. This tweak allows you to disable this service.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

Change the value of "Start" to "4" to disable the Messenger service.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|StartREG_DWORD0x00000004 (4)|
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Messenger]
Value Name: Start
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (2 = automatic, 3 = enabled, 4 = disabled)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: August 21, 2003