I want nothing to do with Microsoft Communicator but I don't have adminstrative privileges to remove it. Help.

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I want nothing to do with Microsoft Communicator. I don't want pop-ups.  I want to be always unavailable. I can remove programs, but it us against my company's policy.  What are all the settings I need to change to make this program as minimally invasive as possible?
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If you go into the preferences for Microsoft Communicator you should be able to tell it not to start up when you login.

Go to:  Tools--> Options--> Personal    ; you should be able to disable it at startup from there.

This won't actually remove the program and it will be able to start up if you chose to, should keep you in good graces with your company.
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We're on very shaky ground here, if you company policy says you have to have it, then you have to have it and any suggestions about how to remove or circumvent it would be against EE policies

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According to the original post it is against company policy to remove programs, I haven't suggested anything of that sort.
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If that is the policy then fine - but I see an issue if the company want users to have the program installed AND RUNNING - as I said shaky ground

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There is no explicit policy about it running; there is only a policy that I have it on my computer.
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If thats the policy then OK
It just that most policies are there for a reason and it seems to make no sense to insist on you having a program installed if they then allow you to disable it - it might be wise to seek clarification from your IT bods

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KCTS - yes. I agree.  Unfortunately, our IT department has a lot of policies they don't  fully implement, describe, or otherwise insist.  Thus, I follow their instructions to the letter.  That is, I have the program "installed" on my computer.  Their policy says nothing about actively using it.  (Perhaps some administrative reform and editorial revision on their end couldn't hurt!)  In any event, this is all above the board.  For the record, I've been working there for almost 10 years with no issues regarding IT regulations.  Thanks for keeping an eye out, though.
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Thanks everyone!

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