I'm getting Messenger Service Ad's even when I'm not online

Ad-Free • 11 April 2006

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If you're getting ads that appear right in the middle of your screen, often while nothing is going on, they may be coming from a common Windows service which was activated when you first installed your computer called "Messenger Service".

Sometimes an ad will appear after you've been away for awhile and when you close it another immediately appears until you've closed them all one after another. The title bar of the window may contain the words "Messenger Service".

The best way to stop the messages is to disable the Messenger Service.

*Note - the service is not related to the use of Instant Messaging programs such as MSN or AIM and will have no effect on them.

To disable the Messenger Service:

XP Home

Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel
Click Performance and Maintenance
Click Administrative Tools
Double click Services Scroll down and highlight "Messenger"
Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
Click the STOP button.
Select Disable in the Startup Type scroll bar
Click OK


XP Pro

Click Start->Settings ->Control Panel
Click Administrative Tools
Click Services
Double click Services Scroll down and highlight "Messenger"
Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
Click the STOP button.
Select Disable in the Startup Type scroll bar
Click OK


Windows 2000

Click Start-> Settings-> Control Panel-> Administrative Tools->Services
Scroll down and highlight "Messenger"
Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties.
Click the STOP button.
Select Disable in the Startup Type scroll bar
Click OK


Windows NT

Click Start ->Control Panel
Double Click Administrative Tools
Select Services-> Double-click on Messenger
In the Messenger Properties window, select Stop,
Then choose Disable as the Startup Type
Click OK

Windows 98 SE or ME

Messenger Service cannot be disabled.

Another good idea is to remove all advertising and spyware from your machine. There is a free program you can download from www.download.com called Ad-Aware. Install and run this on your computer to delete any spyware.

Spyware is advertising that's installed against your knowledge on your computer and that affects which advertisements you see when you're online. It can also affect the speed of your Internet connection and cause websites to re-direct.