Need help with windows pop-up messages

I have pop-up stopper. And for the regular type of pop-ups that occur when web browsing it works fine. But I'm getting a different type of pop-up message that I've never seen before. Even with internet explorer closed and my cpu idle at the desktop it shows up. It's some sort of pop-up but shown through a window's type message. Meaning it doesnt appear in an internet explorer window. Has anyone ever seen this. Oh, and the best part is.....they are advertising.....pop up blocking software (

It's really a pain. When playing games online it will minimize the game to show me this message. The only thing I have done to stop it is turn my win XP firewall on. But some of my games require that the firewall be turned off when playing online. I also own spybot and ad-aware and I scan regularly (every 2-3 days)

Has anyone ever seen something like this? And how do I get rid of it?
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  1. If you're uninterested in the how or why, just scroll down to the bottom
    section, "How to Disable the Messenger Service."

    Description of the Messenger Service in WinXP:
    Transmits net send and Alerter service messages between clients and
    servers. This service is not related to Windows Messenger. If this
    service is stopped, Alerter messages will not be transmitted. If this
    service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will
    fail to start.

    Do not use MSCONFIG to disable services. Instead type "services.msc"
    at the RUN dialogue.

    WHY? Because MSCONFIG will allow you to disable a service that is
    vital to boot your system. With the Management Console (services.msc),
    you cannot disable vital boot services.

    When you are connected to the Internet, a new window may open on your
    computer screen containing an advertisement. The windows are labeled
    Messenger Service in the title bar. However, these messages, which are
    sometimes called "messenger spam," are not related to Windows
    Messenger, MSN® Messenger or such instant messaging services. Disabling
    your instant messaging services will not stop this form of

    These advertisements are sent via the Messenger Service, which is
    designed for use by system administrators in Windows server-client
    networks. System administrators use the messenger service to send
    messages that notify you of conditions on or give status about your
    network. However, some advertisers have started using this service to
    send their information via the Internet.

    When you disable the messenger service, it is no longer available
    for receiving legitimate messages, such as administrative alerts and
    notifications from antivirus programs. Be sure to talk with your
    system administrator before taking this action if your computer is
    part of a corporate network.

    How to disable the Messenger Service:
    1) Start > Run > type "services.msc"
    2) Scroll down to "Messenger" and double click to open.
    3) Set "Startup type" to "Disabled"
    4) Click "Stop" under "Service status"
    5) Press Apply/Ok. Exit the Services Management Console.

    Be careful not to change anything other than what you intend to.
  2. Thanks very much
  3. what programs will this not allow to run? Nortons will not work if i do this? Sorry to jump intothis but i am receiving the exact same pop ups and they are driving me nuts!!!!!!
  4. Read through the explanation if you havent. The Messenger Service is used to send administrative alerts over your network. If you're not on a corporate network, chances are you have no use for the Messenger Service. Shutting it off will not affect Norton, it will not affect anything other than network alerts.
  5. Thank you for the info.
  6. Thanks for the step by step Kinetic.
  7. Ichy Trigger Finger. :)

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Starion15 on 09/07/03 11:21 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  8. Ichyer Trigger Finger. :)

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Starion15 on 09/07/03 11:23 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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