Grey Box or Messenger Popups- How to get rid of them

By Cathy Margolin,

Ever get those grey pop-up boxes and wonder how to get rid of them? If you are running Windows XP or Windows 2000 and have networking turned on, you can disable them.

To Disable the Messenger Service Manually:
-- Click on the Start button in the taskbar
-- Open Control Panels
-- Go to "Administrative Tools" (XP users may need to go to "Performance and Maintenance" first, then "Administrative Tools")
-- Double-click on "Services"
-- Scroll down to "Messenger"
-- Double-click on "Messenger"
-- Change the Startup type to "Disabled"
-- Click "Stop" to stop the service

To Re-Enable Manually:
Follow the above steps, but change the Startup type to "Automatic," then click "Apply," then click "Start" under Service Status.

You must be logged on as an Administrator for the automatic fix to work.

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