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Windows Messenger is scanning my PC

  Indigo 1 23:05 08 Mar 05

After a spate of virus' sent directly to my email account I have been watching all activity on my PC.

It appears that Windows Messenger is constantly scanning my PC and communicating online unless I engage internet lock with Zone Alarm Pro.

I have tried to block all activity through WM's home site but I find that I cannot get online using IE6 or MSN or read my emails with Outlook express.

I am using Naviscope to monitor all internet activity, Windows Messenger contacts download. microsoft. com (breaks inserted to show address) every few minutes and is uploading and downloading info without my permission and would like to stop it.

Here is what I have managed to obtain regarding that site,

Tracing route to download.microsoft.com []

[ 1] ( ) [ 20ms] lo0-plusnet.ptn-ag1.plus.net

[ 2] ( ) [ 13ms] ge1-0-0-902.ptn-gw2.plus.net

[ 3] ( ) [ 13ms] ge0-1-0-22.ptn-gw1.plus.net

[ 4] ( ) [ 14ms]
[ 5] ( ) [ 11ms]

-- Traceroute complete --

The infected emails I have been recieving originated from plus.net is this a coincidence ?

I have also obtained the following


HEAD click here HTTP/1.0

Accept: */*

User-Agent: Progressive Download

Host: download.microsoft.com

Content-Length: 0

Pragma: no-cache

But I don't fully understand it, can anyone explain this to me ?

I really would like to stop this unwanted intrusion.

  Totally-braindead 23:24 08 Mar 05

If you think its Messenger thats causing the problem try this click here . Personally I never use messenger I found it caused far too many problems including viruses and pop ups.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 23:27 08 Mar 05

I think that this may be your problem.......click here and it is not serious.


  Indigo 1 23:36 08 Mar 05

but Messenger is not running.

In the description window it says this ". This service is not related to Windows Messenger. If this service is stopped, Alerter messages will not be transmitted. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start."

But it is already disabled.

  Rhuddlan 00:15 09 Mar 05

Have you got sp2?

  Indigo 1 07:43 09 Mar 05

No I haven't got SP2 for personal preference.

  Indigo 1 08:04 09 Mar 05

I have just tried the information contained here click here and hope I have solved my own problem.

I am a little bit nervous of disabling Windows Components in case things don't work as they should and I end up with an even bigger problem than the one I am trying to solve (from bad experiences, sigh).

Will let you know.

  Chegs ® 08:18 09 Mar 05

I usually remove Win Mess,if you wish to do the same then Start/Run and type

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

  Rtus 11:50 09 Mar 05

dont know if this is relevant in your case but outllok >>>>>
click here

  TomJerry 12:03 09 Mar 05

becuase it has absolutely NO use for home users.

It is mainly used in company environment for remote computer management.

  Indigo 1 21:15 10 Mar 05

Well for those that are interested, it didn't work. All it did was to slow down Internet Explorer and it took ages to open Outlook Excuse so I have now tried Chegs suggestion.

So far so good.


Will see how it goes........

Thanks for the input Rtus but it is not relevant

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