Removing Windows Messenger Extra Button

This section provides a tutorial example on how to remove Windows Messenger extra button.

Symptom: When Windows Messenger is installed on your computer, an extra button shows up on your IE browser as shown in this picture:
IE Add-on - Windows Messenger Extra Button

Windows Messenger button offers you a quick way to log into Windows Messenger chat service. However, it does take away space from your standard buttons area. I want to remove it.

IE Add-ons List: Click IE Tools > Manage Add-ons, I saw:

Windows Messenger   Browser Extension

HijackThis Report: In the HijackThis report, there are actually two entries related to Windows Messenger: an extra button and an extra menu item:

O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683}
   - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d...
   - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

Quick Research: Windows Messenger is a proprietary instant messaging client included in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. Windows Messenger has been superseded by Office Communicator in corporate environments and Windows Live Messenger for .NET Messenger Service connections. I want to remove it, because I like the Web version of Yahoo! Messenger.

What I Did:

1. Run IE and click Tools > Manage Add-on, and disabled "Windows Messenger".

2. Run HijackThis, select those two Windows Messenger entries, and click "Fix checked"

Result: Windows Messenger extra button is gone!

Last update: 2006.

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 Removing MySearch Toolbar - S4BAR.DLL

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Removing Windows Messenger Extra Button

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