On Sat, 8 Feb 2003 06:48:23 -1000, "T.C."
>Right click your My Computer desktop icon, left click Manage. When the
>Computer Management dialog box comes up, in the Left pane click on Services
>and Applications. In the Right pane double click on Services and the
>Services will list in that pane. Scroll down to Messenger, then click on
>it. To the left in that same Right pane, you will then see a description of
>the Messenger Service, and a blue STOP the service link. Clock on Stop, and
>the service will be disabled. To re-enable it (although Most users
>shouldn't have any reason to), go back through the same steps and click
>Start the service
You may also want to set this service to manually run or to
disable it completely.
There is a trade-off, though, as disabling the service will
also prevent legit admin messages if you're on a corporate network.
If that's the case, you make want to talk to your network admin about
firewalling ports 137 and 139 from outside sources.
Also, you can get yourself a firewall like ZoneAlarm Pro or
Norton's two firewall programs and when one of these adverts tries to
come in, either of these programs will detect it and, depending on the
settings, the firewall might ask if it's OK to let the communication
take place and will tell you where it's from and what port is being
I've found, though, that this is going to be a short lived
experiment. A lot of ISPs are taking the lead of AOL in blocking
these messages at their routers/firewalls so, if you're in the USA or
Canada, pretty soon, these sorts of messages will come to a halt,
leaving only overseas sites as open to these expolits.
Hope this additional info helps some. :)