Utilities - Shoot The Messenger

Shoot The Messenger is a very simple tool that helps you get rid of annoying IP based Messenger popup ads (the ones that use the Windows Messenger service). These popups are unlike regular popups, since they abuse the Messenger Service, which is intended to send text messages across a network, using the computer's IP address. They can appear as dialog box on your desktop if you have the Messenger Service enabled and are not using a firewall.

Shoot The Messenger will display the current status of the Messenger Service and allows you to turn it off/on with a simple click, without having to go into the Windows configurations panel. The program does not need to be running after the service has been turned on or off. It can also be used from the command line. (see picture 1).

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Lex van der Horst

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