Is this Windows Messenger remover legit?

Reply Tue 26 Oct, 2004 01:49 pm
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
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Reply Tue 26 Oct, 2004 02:19 pm
Yes, that will uninstall Windows Messenger entirely. %windir%\inf\msmsgs.inf is the setup & configuration file, & you're calling its uninstall procedure.

If you want to just disable it & not actually delete its files, there are several methods to do that...here are my 3 favorites...

1.) If you're on WinXP Pro, there's a nice GUI method to disable it:

- Click Start -> Run, type Gpedit.msc & click OK
- Under the Computer Configuration category select Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Messenger & locate the following 2 settings:
* 'Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run'
* 'Do not automatically start Windows Messenger initially'
- Double-click each one, select Enabled & click OK.
- Reboot your machine and all will be well in XP-land.

Alternatively, you can use one of the following methods:

2.) Rename the Windows Messenger exectuable, located at c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe

3.) Click Start -> Run, type Regedit and click OK.
- The Registry editor program should open. Navigate to the following Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft
- Create a new key by selecting Edit -> New -> Key. Name the new Key: Messenger
- Select the newly created Messenger Key and create a subfolder within it named: Client (The key should look like the example below...)
- Next you need to create a DWORD value. Right-click the new Client key and select New -> DWORD.
- Name the DWORD: PreventRun
- Give it a data value of 1
- Restart WinXP & it should be disabled.
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Reply Tue 26 Oct, 2004 03:14 pm
Thanks for all the info, monger.
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