[Dshield] New critical Windows vulnerabilities

John Hardin johnh at aproposretail.com
Thu Oct 16 17:53:29 GMT 2003

On Thu, 2003-10-16 at 10:26, Kenneth Coney wrote:
> For those of us without MS certification, does the Messenger service have 
> any function beyond allowing pop ups, and is there a way for a home user to 
> simply delete the Messenger service from their at home XP, or at least 
> knock it out (renaming perhaps?) while still maintaining functionality of 
> their XP machine for spreadsheets, WP and web surfing?

Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> {varies} -> Services

Locate the messenger service.

Stop the service, and set its startup mode to "disabled".

This should "knock it out". Windows' file protection might prevent you
successfully renaming or deleting the service executable, and it would
probably be quietly reinstalled anyway by some hotfix or service pack.

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