View Full Version : Getting rid of M$ Me$$enger
03-07-2003, 05:56 PM
My Fiancée’s pc, a ~1yo Dell, has XP. As is my way :D I have eliminated much of the background services/programs/other junk which computers come laden with, the better to track your every move & thought/peddle you crap. PC now starts, runs & (especially) shuts down MUCH faster. But I can't seem to get rid of M$ Me$$enger. It's in the start menu, and when removed simply returns on the next boot. It's not listed among the services, so no luck there (there's a "messenger" which has to do with administrative messages on a network, but that's something else and anyway it's already been disabled). It's not listed in add/remove programs, so I tried simply deleting the programs/messenger directory, but the pc won't allow this, because the damned thing's running (messenger, not the pc. Well, naturally the pc's running too, otherwise how could I... you know what I mean!!! :D )! Tried to shut Me$$enger off with ctrl/alt/del, and it restarts/reappears immediately!!! How can I get rid of this thing??? I was able to delete in both OS's on my dual boot (woe is) ME/win2k machine. I know, it's probably not THAT big a resource drain, but dammit it's the principle on the thing!!! :mad:
03-07-2003, 06:16 PM
If it really bugs you, you could always just rename the file...
03-07-2003, 06:19 PM
Hi, Boned. Have you looked at blackviper site? I think you will find the answer HERE (http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm) . Full of useful tweaks that really slim-down the bloat included in eXtraPesky! :D
03-07-2003, 06:39 PM
Thanks for the replies. Yes I am very familar with black viper, great site! I've used it to trim 3 os's, ME, 2k & XP. Din't think to llok there for this one. After getting pentachris's suggestion, which I didn't think would work since it would be blocked by the program running just as deleting the directory was (and it was), I did another ctrl/al/del and tried the right click option "end process tree" which stopped the program w/o restarting it. Then I could change the name of the directory which prevented restarting!
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