Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by 1Angel, Oct 31, 2005.

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    1Angel Guest

    Can someone help me to get rid of this msmsgs.exe I have tried and I
    can't get rid of it. The damn thing just keeps coming back.
    1Angel, Oct 31, 2005
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  2. That would be MSN Messenger.
    Secret Squiddle, Oct 31, 2005
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    bigjon Guest

    Secret Squiddle decided to add:
    Oh dear...
    MSN is normally msnmsgr.exe.....
    and you will see it running in the taskbar.

    The msmsgs.exe file is often, but not always, located in the
    c:\windows\System32 folder.
    In most cases it is a virus, spyware, trojan or worm.

    To disable it for good go to
    RUN and enter this command:
    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

    Virus with same name:
    W32.HLLW.Spirit - Symantec Corporation
    W32.Alcarys.B - Symantec Corporation
    W32.Alcarys.G - Symantec Corporation
    bigjon, Oct 31, 2005
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    Dave Lear Guest

    Whether the file is legitimate or not pretty much depends on where the file
    is held. As you say, if it's in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ then that's indicative
    of a virus infection as that's not the correct location for the valid file.

    However, if the file is found in
    C:\Program Files\Messenger\MSMSGS.EXE
    then that's perfectly reasonable as it's the main executable for Windows
    Messenger. Windows XP comes with Windows Messenger already built into the
    Operating System and, as a result, it is a protected system component so
    will be repaired if removed. Of course, most home users download MSN
    Messenger because it has flashier graphics and silly add-ons but Windows
    Messenger stays put behind the scenes (and happens to be a more stable
    application as it's intended for corporate use in Microsoft Exchange
    Dave Lear, Oct 31, 2005
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    dwacôn Guest

    Have you a good antivirus /slash/ antispywere on your PC?
    dwacôn, Nov 2, 2005
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    ellis_jay Guest

    It may be legit, it may be a virus, depending on location as another poster
    said. The size in kb might be pertinent, too, in determining legitimacy or
    something bad. It is safe to disable.

    hardball here:

    Their ethics are a short summary of police ordinances: for them the
    most important thing is to be a useful member of the state, and to air
    their opinions in the club of an evening; they have never felt the
    homesickness for something unknown and far away, nor the depths which
    consists in being nothing at all. ___________Soren Kierkegaard

    ellis_jay, Nov 4, 2005
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