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August 19, 2005 4:43:07 PM

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I keep getting these messages when I'm online telling me my registry is
corrupted. These messages always try to direct me to some website (different
every time) that will repair it. They start off saying "Message from SECURITY
to ALERT". How can I deal with this? I don't want registry problems or these
stupid pop-ups anymore!
Any help is appreciated,
Lana

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Anonymous
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August 19, 2005 5:53:23 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

Lana wrote:
> I keep getting these messages when I'm online telling me my registry is
> corrupted. These messages always try to direct me to some website (different
> every time) that will repair it. They start off saying "Message from SECURITY
> to ALERT". How can I deal with this? I don't want registry problems or these
> stupid pop-ups anymore!
> Any help is appreciated,
> Lana



You are the intended victim of a scam.

The so-called warnings are actually spam advertising from one or
more of several very unscrupulous "businesses." They're trying to sell
you patches that Microsoft provides free-of-charge, and using a very
intrusive means of advertising. It's also demonstrating that your PC is
very unsecured.

This type of spam has become quite common over the past couple of
years, and unintentionally serves as a valid security "alert." It
demonstrates that you haven't been taking sufficient precautions while
connected to the Internet. Your data probably hasn't been compromised
by these specific advertisements, but if you're open to this exploit,
you most definitely open to other threats, such as the Blaster,
Welchia, and Sasser Worms that still haunt the Internet. Install and
use a decent, properly configured firewall. (Merely disabling the
messenger service, as some people recommend, only hides the symptom,
and does little or nothing to truly secure your machine.) And
ignoring or just "putting up with" the security gap represented by
these messages is particularly foolish.

Messenger Service of Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;168893

Messenger Service Window That Contains an Internet Advertisement
Appears
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=330904

Stopping Advertisements with Messenger Service Titles
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/howto/comm...

Blocking Ads, Parasites, and Hijackers with a Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

Whichever firewall you decide upon, be sure to ensure UP ports 135,
137, and 138 and TCP ports 135, 139, and 445 are all blocked. You
may also disable Inbound NetBIOS over TCP/IP). You'll have
to follow the instructions from firewall's manufacturer for the
specific steps.

You can test your firewall at:

Symantec Security Check
http://security.symantec.com/ssc/vr_main.asp?langid=ie&...

Security Scan - Sygate Online Services
http://www.sygatetech.com/

Oh, and be especially wary of people who advise you to do nothing
more than disable the messenger service. Disabling the messenger
service, by itself, is a "head in the sand" approach to computer
security. The real problem is not the messenger service pop-ups;
they're actually providing a useful, if annoying, service by acting as
a security alert. The true problem is the unsecured computer, and
you've been advised to merely turn off the warnings. How is this
helpful?

There are several essential components to computer security: a
knowledgeable and pro-active user, a properly configured firewall,
reliable and up-to-date antivirus software, and the prompt repair (via
patches, hotfixes, or service packs) of any known vulnerabilities.

The weakest link in this "equation" is, of course, the computer
user. No software manufacturer can -- nor should they be expected
to -- protect the computer user from him/herself. All too many people
have bought into the various PC/software manufacturers marketing
claims of easy computing. They believe that their computer should be
no harder to use than a toaster oven; they have neither the
inclination or desire to learn how to safely use their computer. All
too few people keep their antivirus software current, install patches
in a timely manner, or stop to really think about that cutesy link
they're about to click.

Firewalls and anti-virus applications, which should always be used
and should always be running, are important components of "safe hex,"
but they cannot, and should not be expected to, protect the computer
user from him/herself. Ultimately, it is incumbent upon each and
every computer user to learn how to secure his/her own computer.

To learn more about practicing "safe hex," start with these links:

Protect Your PC
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/default.asp

Home Computer Security
http://www.cert.org/homeusers/HomeComputerSecurity/

List of Antivirus Software Vendors
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;49500

Home PC Firewall Guide
http://www.firewallguide.com/

Scumware.com
http://www.scumware.com/



--

Bruce Chambers

Help us help you:
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You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
both at once. - RAH
August 20, 2005 4:06:37 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

Hi Lana,

To disable the Messenger Service:

Go to Start/Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services. Double click the
Messenger Service and change Automatic to Disabled, then click the Stop
button.

Or use this automated edit:

Disable Messenger Service (Line 95)
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

To Delete the Messenger Service:

Go to Start/Run/CMD and type in: sc delete messenger. Reboot.

Or...

Or go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services

It may be wise to disable the Administrative Alerts Service as well.
Specify the Schedule for Alerter Service - This setting is used to specify
how often the server checks alert conditions and sends any required alert
messages to administrative users.

--

All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP)

Troubleshooting Windows XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com



"Lana" <Lana@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:3DC41A3A-EE81-42EB-A223-585A2AF83D9B@microsoft.com...
>I keep getting these messages when I'm online telling me my registry is
> corrupted. These messages always try to direct me to some website
> (different
> every time) that will repair it. They start off saying "Message from
> SECURITY
> to ALERT". How can I deal with this? I don't want registry problems or
> these
> stupid pop-ups anymore!
> Any help is appreciated,
> Lana
!