How Do I Block Rogue Instant Messenger Pop-Ups Generated by Bots?

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
An end-user at my company asked the following question, "Is it possible to block explicit instant messenger pop-up messages generated by bots?" The user is using Yahoo Messenger at home and he would like to block this kind of solicitation. It is important to note that these pop-ups are actually real messages generate by bots as opposed to typical browser pop-ups. Any ideas?
Question by:NooterCorp

    Expert Comment

    I'm not familiar with Yahoo, but back on AIM I'd get bot spam because I had my profile listed in the AIM directory.  Disabling allowing searches for me in the directory cut down on that a lot.  Maybe Yahoo has the same sort of thing?
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    Accepted Solution

    Are you able to specify something like "Only receive messages from people in my list"...?  
    AIM has that feature so that if you want, you can add names to a list and only the people ON that list can successfully post you.
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    Assisted Solution

    There is such a feature in Yahoo Messenger preferences, in the Ignore preference category.  You can set that to ignore anyone not on your messenger list.  

    I don't have my Yahoo ID listed in the yahoo member directory and the only time I've ever received any kind of popups were when I was in a chatroom unless I was running a 3rd party chat client that blocked the popups.

    You can also choose to ignore the popup, although if the popups are coming from different IDs, the preferences Ignore option to ignore all not on your list is the best choice.
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    Expert Comment

    Forced accept.

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