Stop Windows Messenger from running hidden in the background
Posted on 2004-11-04
hi, i have both msn messenger and windows messenger. MSN is the one that i always use. There are times when i don't want to chat with anyone but just use the computer, and all of a sudden, someone messages me without me having opened windows messenger or MSN messenger. All of no where, the windows messenger icon appears on my taskbar and i realize i've been automatically signed in. Another indication that i've been signed in without consent is when i open MSN messenger and sign in, a pop out in the lower right portion of the screen says that now im signed out of windows messenger b/c i've signed in at another location, which is my MSN messenger.
the problem is i don't like how windows messenger is signing me in without me knowing. I've tried uninstalling it from Add/Remove Programs and it's been uninstalled from that list but somehow it's still in my computer. When it pops out of nowhere, I can open the main screen and go into options. I've unchecked the box that says allow messenger to work in the background and there isn't a box that allows me to control whether i want messenger to start with XP. Running msconfig doesn't help either b/c it's already disabled in that.
Can anyone help me remove windows messenger completely? Or at least disable permanently? This problem is getting really really annoying. Thank you.