The most common virus being spread by MSN is the picture virus. While on MSN Messenger, you may receive a picture message from a friend whose computer is already infected. If you click on the picture's link, your computer will become infected as well--it may start to run slower while sending the virus to all of your contacts. There is a way to remove this virus, as well as other MSN viruses, in a few quick steps.
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Things you need
- Computer running Windows
Make sure you are logged out of MSN Messenger before beginning. Click "Start" and then select "Run." Type "msconfig" into the dialogue box to bring up the System Configuration window.
Click on the "Startup" tab. Search for the file "xxxsvc.exe," which is the MSN photo virus, or "hotkeysvc.exe" and "MsgSpread" which are also popular MSN viruses. Uncheck their boxes to shut them down.
Select "OK" to accept the changes. Restart your computer to boot the new configurations and MSN Messenger should now be clean.
Tips and warnings
- Don't click on unfamiliar links in messages, even if they are from a friend.
- Consider purchasing anti-spyware and antivirus protection to prevent infections in the future. A quick spyware or virus sweep will help you get rid of viruses easily as well.
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