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Question : Every time I turn on my computer, Windows Messenger starts up. I never even use it. How do I get rid of that?

Answer : Windows Messenger is Microsoft's instant messaging program. It competes with AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, and others. The trouble is, if you don't use Messenger, it starts up anyway, sitting in your taskbar, slowing down the boot process, and bothering you at various times with messages about its presence.

To rid your system of it entirely, you have to do two things. First, the e-mail programs Outlook and Outlook Express call the messenger program by default at various times, so you need to tell them not to, if you use either of those e-mail programs.

From Outlook, open the Tools menu, and click Options. From the resulting Options dialogue box, select the tab labelled Other, and then clear any Messenger-related check boxes. In Outlook 2003, clear the check box labelled 'Enable the Person Names Smart Tag.'

From Outlook Express, open the Tools menu, and click Options. From the Options dialogue box's General tab, at the bottom, disable any Messenger-related boxes or buttons.

Second, you need to stop Windows itself from calling Messenger when it starts. To do this, click the Start button, and select Run. In the Run dialogue box, type this: RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%/INF/msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove-- being careful not to mistype anything and paying special attention to spaces.

When you've typed that, click OK, and Windows will remove Messenger. You'll need to reboot for the changes to take effect. When you do, you'll finally be free of Windows Messenger.

 
 

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