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problems with msn messenger

By tamibeth
Oct 22, 2005
  1. I think I might have a virus, everytime my daughter is on msn messenger and is chatting she gets and error everytime she hits enter, I've updated my norton and ran a couple of scans and it dosen't find anything. what do I do next? I'm running windows xp
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,310   +617

    the corporate world typically UNINSTALLS msn messenger and consider it as
    unsafe software. I suggest you do likewise.

    IF you really believe that online chat is something your children should be allowed to do :suspiciou , then
    1) make sure their accounts are LIMITED in capability
    2) have unique passwords
    3) you configure your AIM software(under your Admin account) to disallow
    file transfer and access to your HD.

    Yahoo and AOL also supply AIM client software, but IMO are also :suspiciou
     
  3. tamibeth

    tamibeth TS Rookie Topic Starter

    msn chat

    Thank you for you opinion on msn chat, I dont like msn chat and I have a program installed so that I can monitor everything typed and limit the time spent. But I need to know #1 if I do have a virus and how do I get rid of it?
     
  4. tamibeth

    tamibeth TS Rookie Topic Starter

    help please....patch package cannot be opened?

    When I go to add and removed programs and try to uninstall msn messenger I get an error that says.... This patch could not be opened. Verify that the patch package exists and that you can access it, or contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid windows installer patch package.
    Help
     
  5. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Posts: 259

    try reinstalling the messenger
     
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    It's generally not a good idea to use messenger programs, they are an invitation and a porthole for worms and viruses.
     
  7. tamibeth

    tamibeth TS Rookie Topic Starter

    msn messenger

    um, thanks for your opinion, I thought this sight was to get help for computer problems, not for giving your opinion on what you should or should not have on your computer.
     
  8. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Posts: 259

    if you wanted another good messenger try trillian. just search google for it. it offers yahoo, msn, aim, icq, irc and a lot more chat support!
     
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    newbie - having those programs invites problems. Part of the solution is to get rid of them.
     
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Well....... it is for helping with computer problems.

    The help you are getting is in the form of valuable information. Chat programs are dangerous to your computer. That is the help. Delete it from your system.

    You have received some GOOD free advice, but just because you don't like the opinions, doesn't mean that the advice is somehow faulty....

    If you are simply wanting people to tell you how to delete / check for viruses that is fine. It'll put a temporary bandaid on your problem until the next culprit gets in via your chat software. And it will.
     
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