Talk about a radical solution.
if you're using XP, go to Control Panel
> Administrative Tools
. Scroll down to Messenger
and right click it and select Properties
. Under the General
tab, select Disable
in the drop down menu after Startup type
. Click the Stop
button under the Service status
. Click Apply
and you're good to go.
It is not related to Windows Messenger and will not disable that program. Some advertisers use this service to send information via the Internet, and these messages could be used maliciously to distribute a virus.
Another thing you can do is clean out your cookies and internet cache.