Direct IP spam
Spam technology has reached new heights.
Disable the Windows Messenging service (which is different from MSN Messenger). In Win 2K and Win XP it runs as a service. I'm not too sure how to disable it in Win 9* but a Google search should find you a couple of free utilitites that will do the trick.
This isn't all that new but is easy to defeat. Turn off the Messenger service under the NT/XP series OSes, run a hardware or software firewall, etc. They're using the same mechanism as "net send" from the NT/XP command line.
By the way, besides net send, does anything else use the messenger service?
There are broadcasts that can go out as administrative events (for example, the software with my UPS will broadcast to the network about the pending shutdown of my server when the power goes out).
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Put a cheap firewall in place. Linksys, Netgear etc. With just the default settings your machine can communicate to the web, things from the web such as this messaging are non-routable. Then as Brad said you won't miss any important messages.
9x doesn't have the feature = you don't need to turn it off.
Don't drive a car, ride a bicycle.
> I have never known of anybody apart from spammers use this service.
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