Hey there! Sometimes you might see a Windows Messenger pop-up display on your screen. Don’t worry — these aren’t virus or spyware-related. The Windows Messenger service usually starts up when you turn on your computer. You can turn this service off at any time. For instructions on how to do so, please see below.

 

Disabling the Windows Messenger service

1. Open Control Panel.

 

  • If you're using Windows XP, click Start and then click Control Panel.

  • If you are using Windows 2000/NT, click Start, select Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Open Administrative Tools.

  • If you are using Windows XP and you see Switch to Classic View on the left panel, click the Performance and Maintenance icon and then click the Administrative Tools icon.

  • If you are using Windows XP and you see Switch to Category View on the left panel, or if you are using Windows 2000/NT, double-click the Administrative Tools icon.

3. Double-click Services.

4. Double-click Messenger.

5. In the Startup type list, click Disabled.

6. Click Stop. You may see a window that displays your computer's progress on stopping the service. Please wait until the progress window disappears.

7. Click OK to save the changes

8. Close all open windows. From now on, you won’t receive any more Windows Messenger pop-up messages unless you re-enable the service.