Removing MSMessenger(windows messenger) from XP Pro SP2

By leem ยท 7 replies
Jan 25, 2005
  1. HI,

    My work is asking me to remove MS messenger from their computers. They don't want employees, or the public, to be able to chat. Once it is removed, they will deepfreeze the machines.

    The problem is I cannot find it in add/remove programs. I can take the icon off the IE 6.0 bar, but it is very easy to put the icon back on. I see the "messenger" folder under programs, but there is no uninstall option.

    If I delte the .dll files in the messenger folder, will messenger stop working? IS there a way to completely uninstall msmessenger? :confused:
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Take a look HERE it may help you.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
  3. leem

    leem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    THanks Howard_Hopkinso!!!! :D

    That is exactly what I was looking for. I will go try it!
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Control Panel -> Add Remove Programs -> Add Remove Windows Components (its on the left hand side).

    You can remove it that way.

    MSN Messenger, and the messenger service are 2 different things. I also think the messenger service is disabled by default in XP SP2.
  5. leem

    leem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Interesting. I followed the link and followed the instructions, but messenger was still there.

    I deleted the "messenger" folder out of programs. Now when I open up IE6.0, the messenger icon is gone. If I move the mouse to where there icon was on the navigation bar, a black square becomes highlighted. WHen I click on it, it says the "messenger.exe" location cannot be found. one can use messenger. It might be more efficient if I use add/remove windows components. But it seems my work around works fine.

    ps...if I do use add/remove components, should I uncheck media player and all the other stuff that is checked by default.
  6. CirTap

    CirTap TS Rookie Posts: 18

    More Windows with less Microsoft

    Hi leem,
    to effectively and *physically* remove the M$ "crap", such as Messenger, MediaPlayer, Movie Maker and Outlook Express your company should consider using "XPLite pro". It adds the missing uninstall features to Windows 2K/XP incl. restore/reinstall of the components. I used it on any new installs I do for myself or my clients. Hightly recommended and affordable

    The "unstall" feature in Windows for Messenger & Co. only remove the links and a few reg entries, but the files still remain on the drive and a user may "reinstall" or use them if she knows where those files are.
    You may also look at xp-AntiSpy, which removes a few registry entries related to these apps. It's freeware.

    Good luck with "More Windows with less Microsoft" :)

  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You can, but then don't expect to use them again without adding them back.
  8. sharon

    sharon TS Rookie

    The little pest hides in a lot of places

    1. Do a control alt delete, click on the processes tab, highlight msmsgs and click on end process.

    2. Start, control panel, add remove programs,change or remove programs, click on Messenger, then remove

    3. In the same box click on add remove windows components. Take the check out of the Messenger box.

    4. Start, run, then type msconfig, click on the startup tab, find the little demon and uncheck him.

    5. Start, control panel, administrative tools, services, find and highlight him, then click on stop the service at the lefthand side.
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