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Anonymous
September 17, 2004 2:21:25 PM

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Help! Everytime I return to my PC I've to close 7 or 8
unwanted 'pop-ups' with a blue banner entitled 'Messenger
Service'. The messages in these are variousng,but,
worryingly I got one today saying "your PC is infected &
you need to visit "www. ..". Is there anything I can do?
I have already installed Norton antivirus s/w.
Thanks

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September 17, 2004 5:25:02 PM

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"RobertaNI" wrote:

> Help! Everytime I return to my PC I've to close 7 or 8
> unwanted 'pop-ups' with a blue banner entitled 'Messenger
> Service'. The messages in these are variousng,but,
> worryingly I got one today saying "your PC is infected &
> you need to visit "www. ..". Is there anything I can do?
> I have already installed Norton antivirus s/w.
> Thanks
>

http://smb.sygate.com/download_buy.htm
Anonymous
September 17, 2004 5:59:16 PM

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RobertaNI wrote:
> Help! Everytime I return to my PC I've to close 7 or 8
> unwanted 'pop-ups' with a blue banner entitled 'Messenger
> Service'. The messages in these are variousng,but,
> worryingly I got one today saying "your PC is infected &
> you need to visit "www. ..". Is there anything I can do?
> I have already installed Norton antivirus s/w.
> Thanks

Install and configure a good firewall product. Follow the steps at
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul....
--
Tom Porterfield
MS-MVP MCE
http://support.telop.org

Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only.
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Anonymous
September 17, 2004 5:59:17 PM

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Thanks Tom - I'll try that
>-----Original Message-----
>RobertaNI wrote:
>> Help! Everytime I return to my PC I've to close 7 or 8
>> unwanted 'pop-ups' with a blue banner
entitled 'Messenger
>> Service'. The messages in these are variousng,but,
>> worryingly I got one today saying "your PC is infected
&
>> you need to visit "www. ..". Is there anything I can
do?
>> I have already installed Norton antivirus s/w.
>> Thanks
>
>Install and configure a good firewall product. Follow
the steps at
>http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul....
aspx.
>--
>Tom Porterfield
>MS-MVP MCE
>http://support.telop.org
>
>Please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup only.
>.
>
Anonymous
September 17, 2004 9:37:04 PM

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"RobertaNI" wrote:

> Help! Everytime I return to my PC I've to close 7 or 8
> unwanted 'pop-ups' with a blue banner entitled 'Messenger
> Service'. The messages in these are variousng,but,
> worryingly I got one today saying "your PC is infected &
> you need to visit "www. ..". Is there anything I can do?
> I have already installed Norton antivirus s/w.
> Thanks
>
Anonymous
September 17, 2004 9:39:02 PM

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"RobertaNI" wrote:

> Help! Everytime I return to my PC I've to close 7 or 8
> unwanted 'pop-ups' with a blue banner entitled 'Messenger
> Service'. The messages in these are variousng,but,
> worryingly I got one today saying "your PC is infected &
> you need to visit "www. ..". Is there anything I can do?
> I have already installed Norton antivirus s/w.
> Thanks
> adaware(free),spybot(free), pestpatrol*($35.95)
Anonymous
September 17, 2004 11:58:12 PM

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RobertaNI wrote:
> Help! Everytime I return to my PC I've to close 7 or 8
> unwanted 'pop-ups' with a blue banner entitled 'Messenger
> Service'. The messages in these are variousng,but,
> worryingly I got one today saying "your PC is infected &
> you need to visit "www. ..". Is there anything I can do?
> I have already installed Norton antivirus s/w.
> Thanks


It's a scam, plain and simple. It's from a very unscrupulous
"business." 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 unsecure.

This type of spam has become quite common over the past year or
so, 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 UDP 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?

--

Bruce Chambers

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