Got the Windows Messenger virus too

Rory Blyth already asked for it way, way back in an open letter to Microsoft. But now I am done with Windows Messenger (version 4.7) that keeps popping up whenever it gets a chance (or when I click the icon in the toolbar of IE accidently (why is it still there anyway?)). Comparisons with the weed in my garden come to my mind. To get rid of it, read the instructions at Dave Verwer’s blog.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to shut down Internet Explorer to see if it works.

Update: yes, it does. The demon has been exorcised.

Update2: Since Dave’s weblog doesn’t show the entry any more, here are the instructions:

  1. Click on Start, Run
  2. Copy and paste this line into the box:
    RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%INFmsmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove
  3. You will be prompted with a warning to exit Messenger and make sure Outlook and Internet Explorer are not running.
  4. After rebooting you will be prompted again confirming that it has been removed successfully.

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