How to End Windows Messenger Spam
Just when we thought we’d gotten used to the constant barrage of advertisements, for the last few years, we’re now expected to deal with Windows Messenger spam. As if it wasn’t annoying enough to try to read or browse and to have to constantly deal with those pop-ups, clicking the red X that makes them disappear from the screen. Even worse is the thought that in many cases those pop-ups can come disguised as legitimate Windows Messenger notices.
These days, Windows utilizes a service that enables system administrators to communicate with computer. One of the most common and used examples of such a Windows Messenger service is to let you know when a print job is finished, or when your server may be going off line.
Those who know how to manipulate files and commands can now literally tap into the Messenger service and send Windows Messenger spam that is also known as NetBIOS Spam. The most alarming aspect of invasions like Windows Messenger spam is the fact that they disguise themselves as perfectly legitimate administration alerts, which cause users to sit up and take notice.
Windows Messenger spam has the capability of sending out hundreds of thousands of unwanted advertisements and alerts every day, bombarding users with unsolicited junk and offer potential mischief makers the ability to create worms, viruses and spyware to infect computers everywhere. Not a very nice thought.
Unfortunately, Windows Messenger spam has become a common format for sending advertisements as well, but disabling the Windows Messenger capabilities from your computer is not the best way to deal with the problem. The Windows Messenger spam that is discussed in this article is not related to the Instant Windows Messenger software that allows instant messaging from one party to another, it’s the notice boxes that typically are designed in gray or blue boxes that contain advertisements from all kinds of spammers that encourage you to click the ‘Okay’ button inside.
Before you click on anything within a pop up box, be aware that you might be asking for trouble by doing so. The proliferation of junk that gets sent via Windows Messenger spam is growing by leaps and bounds, leaving many computer users annoyed and frustrated with trying to get rid of them. Short of disabling the Windows Messenger service from your computer, what can you do?
Some users disable the Windows Messenger function on their computers by going into their Control Panel, clicking on Administrative Tools and then clicking on Services. Following prompts you can easily disable the function from your computer. However, many users are hesitant to start messing around with default setting on their computers, fearing the risk of damaging systems that are set up to work certain ways in tandem with each other.
Having a firewall currently installed on your computer may help, but it may be rather difficult and time consuming to try to block the multitude of ports without hampering or otherwise disrupting other vital services to your computer hard drive.
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