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New Type Of Spam...

By cabrone
Oct 29, 2002
  1. So we have all seen the threads with the new spam/advertising people are using now, it comes up in the form of a netsend... and i could never trace who it was coming from until the message i got today.... heres a pic [​IMG]

    they have a program.... so is there anyway to disable netsend or whatever they are using? im getting more and more each day
     

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  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    That's horrible!

    To disable net send, you have to open your services in Start/Control Panel/Services/Messenger

    Right click and choose properties.. Then choose "disable" and be done with it. You'll have to either restart or right click on the service again and choose "stop service" to stop it.
     
  3. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Posts: 418

    This sucks major big time.....:dead:

    I started getting hit by this just yesterday, twice in an hour, both offering me a "cheap" diploma...

    I use Messenger quite a lot, so i don't want to quit the program...

    If i disable net send, then can i still use Messenger?? Also if disabled, what does it affect - ie: what won't work in Messenger??
     
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    If you disable the messenger service, you can no longer recieve or send messages.

    You might be able to put the service on "manual" and it will start up when the net send command is run, but then it will stay on and you will recieve those messages unless you disable the service again.

    If you need to send messages using the messenger service regularly, it could be possible to stop/restart the messenger service using a batch file. Open notepad and type net stop messenger, then save it as anything.bat

    When executed, it will stop the messneger service. Likewise, you can use the command net start messenger to restart the service.

    Ideally, you could have two seperate batch files and put them on your desktop (or where ever convienient) and execute them when needed... One to start messenger, and one to stop.
     
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    From Messenger service description:
    You can still use Windows or MSN Messenger. The messenger service is about sending administrative alerts like shutdowns, low disk space, crashes and so on to different computers on a network.

    It is needed for net send too, I understand that this is something like winpopup used to be in Win98 - you can send a message to another computer that appears in a popup dialog.

    For most people these features are useless (and now annoying too) - you can happily disable the service.
     
  6. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 645

    Why not plug yourself into the router that is sitting on your desk? It will be nearly impossible for them to send you a message through your firewall unless you route the port they netsend onto your computer, which would be dumb.
     
  7. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    yes i've seen this at work on the servers.

    if you are getting a lot, and have a fixed IP address, you have probably made your way onto a list somewhere and you should have steps to have your IP address changed, if you have the need for the messanger service that is...
     
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Does this message get recorded in event logs? Maybe you can just block the sender's IP?
     
  9. cogenmaster

    cogenmaster TS Rookie Posts: 132

  10. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    I don't think you can do that because it doesn't look for where it comes from. I read something about this that said it is almost impossible to block them, your best bet is to disable the service.
     
  11. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Oh man, I just actually read this:

    [​IMG]

    "This is the only real evil left...." - Interview with the Vampire.
     
     
  12. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Posts: 418

    I can't believe the audacity(?) of these s**ts...

    This really bugs me:mad:

    There should be a law against things like this...
     
  13. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    One day I think there will be a law against this. Certainly in the UK, mobile phone text message spamming is already being looked into, as many youngsters are being tricked into running up very high phone bills.
     
  14. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    I am just glad I turned off Messenger service, because I used to get these things all the time. Got quite annoying, but now I haven't gotten one in a long time.

    And just like everything else, once this gets outlawed, or illegal, there will be something else that is even worse.
     
  15. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 1,595

    Remember that if you are receiving messages in such a fashion, that NetBIOS over your external net connection is enabled, which can be very risky. Although it doesn't leave your machine any more open to a DoS attack, it's easily possible to obtain your machines name, your domain or workgroup, view what shares you have enabled, and possibly even use services on and use open shares on your machine. Which is bad.
     
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