Messenger

6 June 2000 by Snakefoot | Comment » | Trackback Off
Description:
Is used to send/show messages and alerts on the local machine or to remote machines.

It has lately been used by spammers to send popup messages with advertising to internet users who doesn't have this service disabled or haven't enabled a firewall.

Note this service should not be confused with Windows Live Messenger (Replaces Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger). Disabling this service will not affect the operation of these Instant Messaging (IM) applications.

Note the service might not start in the following situations:
  • If the network bindings between protocols and network adapter are screwed. Uninstall and reinstall the protocols and check the bindings.
  • If the service detects another computer with the same name, can be caused by not being registered properly in the WINS, DNS server
  • If there is a mismatch between binaries, can be fixed by reinstalling the service pack
More Info MS KB Q101355
More Info MS KB Q137143
More Info MS KB Q168893
More Info MS KB Q330117
More Info MS KB Q330904

Recommended State:
  • Disabled, for security measures.
  • Automatic, if fallen in love with the NET SEND command.
Default State:
  • WinNT4/2k/Xp: Automatic.
  • WinXP SP2: Disabled.
  • Win2k3: Disabled.
Process Name:
Supports:
  • None
Depends:

Updated: 8 June 2007

Comments:

Comment by Dave - 29 July 2003 @ 22:44 Reply

How do I disable the messenger service, and avoid annoying pop-ups?

Comment by snakefoot - 30 July 2003 @ 2:35 Reply

Dave
How do I disable the messenger service, and avoid annoying pop-ups?

Maybe this page can help explaining:

How to configure the state of a service ?

Comment by Brent - 23 June 2004 @ 11:24 Reply

Does anyone know how to fix the messenger service? Not msn messenger but the service in admin tools? It show a % sign in the path exe. instead of C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
Also if anyone knows, I will need the fix in a batch form for deployment.

Thanks for any help!

Comment by snakefoot - 23 June 2004 @ 12:14 Reply

Brent
Does anyone know how to fix the messenger service? Not msn messenger but the service in admin tools?

Little confused about what your problem is:

It show a % sign in the path exe. instead of C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Do you mean when viewing properties for the messenger-service at the item called “Path to executable” ?
Do you mean that you only see a single “%” in the path or that you see a path that includes “%” like “%systemroot%/system32/svchost.exe” ?

Also if anyone knows, I will need the fix in a batch form for deployment.

What operations do you have available in the batch-script you are using ? (Can you apply registry entries?)

Without knowing the answers to the above questions then I would recommend:
1. Check this registry key for a machine having the problem described:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /System /CurrentControlSet /Services /Messenger]
ImagePath = “%systemroot%/system32/svchost.exe -k netsvcs”

2. Check the above registry key for a machine where the Messenger-service is having the correct properties
3. If the ImagePath for the problem-machine is completely wrong (Beware that the ImagePath for Windows 2000 and XP is different), then export the registry entries for the Messenger-service at the working-machine.
4. Apply the exported registry-entries to a problem machine to test if it solves the problem .(Beware that the ImagePath for Windows 2000 and XP is different)
5. Apply the exported regstry-entries to all problem machines.(Beware that the ImagePath for Windows 2000 and XP is different)

Hope it helps you in the right direction

Comment by Brent - 24 June 2004 @ 7:23 Reply

Hey thanks for the reply , wanted to post this conversation because ther isn’t many a disscussion on the web about this problem. You are exactly on the right path snake. It is only showing a % and nothing more. I had already done the exporting of the reg on a good machine and with success imported it manually last week. I guess I really should be asking if anyone know of a good prog that will imort reg files quietly for several workstations? I am not sure what caused this issue to begin with.I dont believe that EMCO prog (remote registry merge)works.Mabe put it on a share drive and write it into the login script to import quietly? any ideas?
Crap I am just glad to find someone who understands what I am talking about. ;)

Comment by snakefoot - 24 June 2004 @ 12:06 Reply

Brent
I guess I really should be asking if anyone know of a good prog that will imort reg files quietly for several workstations? I dont believe that EMCO Remote registry merge works.Mabe put it on a share drive and write it into the login script to import quietly?

This forum (and the homepage) is mainly for people who only fiddle with their desktop computer (Like me), so not sure I’m the one to guide you in Distributing Registry Changes for a range of computers. You will probably find better help at a forum like Windows & .NET Magazine Forums.

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