Blocking MSN messenger

Posted on 2005-05-09
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Dear All,

No this is not an A+ question ;o)

What is the best way to block MSN Messenger use. The network is governed by a basic Netgear Router.

Many Thanks,

Question by:espoke
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    Accepted Solution

    you can either block it with policy if the users don't have administrator level passwords.  Or just configure the netgear to fliter by domain name to make access to msn messenger sites not available.  Just use the web browser interface to access the netgear config probably on and go to the tab marked filter or block in the setup.  I'm not sure which one you have but see this as a general Netgear config for filtering a service like msn messenger :,26165,26200&  
    See chapter 5.
    Good luck
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    its not an easy task... cause messanger will try to connect to other sites and its just thru port 80.
    I have not tryed but it might help to have
    Or some management program like dameware where you could stop the PCs service or even remove the applications from central location.

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    In Group Policy under Computer configuration and Administrative Templates.  This is how I initially blocked it.

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