I keep getting random grey message boxes that appear on my computer. If I goto sleep and leave my computer on I'll have about 20 of them in the morning... they all ask me to goto byebyeads.com to get rid of them or try and sell me random things... No pictures or anything, just grey text messageboxes. Does anybody know how to remove these without getting pop up blocker software. Adaware doesn't seem to work.
goto start - control panel - administrative tools - services (sorry, not at home, doing this from memory, it's something like services - it'll be in a list of microsoft services, don't worry it's in there), and right-click on messenger - set it to disabled, and select stop. Then restart and you're done.
I wrote up this little text file a few months back, and it just never ceases to be useful. =)
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.