Shutdown DefeatMessenger And FightPopups Spam

Before you complain and leave any bad words with my comment system, read this disclaim first:

This page provides simple steps to stop the, and spam. It also call for action to shutdown the servers of these spammers together. Read before post…

I hope with the disclaimer at the very beginning, I will not sufer that much as on my entry of EndAds and BlockMessenger where people thought it was this site sending out the net send spam and just throw out all the dirty words they can think of. I hope…

Let me repeat the steps again in case people didn’t see my previous entry:

Simple steps to turn it off

The easist way to stop receiving this kind of message is to turn off Windows Messenger service. If you are running Windows XP or Windows 2000, following these steps:

  • Click Start button on your Windows taskbar.
  • Click Run…
  • Enter “Services.msc” (without quotation marks) and click OK.
  • Browse the list till you find “Messenger” in Name column.
  • Double click it. The Messenger Properties (Local Computer) dialog box comes out.
  • Choose “Disable” in “Startup type” drop down box.
  • Click OK.

It will definitely work. If you don’t believe that so simple steps can stop the annoying pop-ups, see the comments of about 100 people on this page.

Note: These steps will NOT affect your usage of MSN Messenger, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger or ICQ.

Huge Success to Shutdown

On July 30, 2003, Chris Mikeson suggested to not only shutdown the Messenger Services on our own computer, but to send out complain to the ISP hosting the service.

Later, many people including Joseph, AP, Cory, Jennifer, aaron, Don, Tom, Scott Hawkins, KS, Krozar and machinetodd (not a complete list) send complain email either to or FCC.

Yesterday, Aug 21, 2003, Chris, who initialized the Complain Campaign, noticed us that is no longer accessable. It was also confirmed by Jeremy.

So, let’s keep this going people. Let us know the new domain name they come up with and we will get that thing shut down quicker than a skittish jackrabbit can lick a carrot stick.

Bravo people! Well done! Power to the Internet community fighting these SCUM! Let’s keep this going…

– chris m.

If it is really because the ISP shutdown the service (not the technical difficulties of this spammer), it is really good news. People felt the power to fight back, instead of just pay for the so called Anti-spam software from these spammers.

Call For Actions: Shutdown other Spammer Website TOGETHER and are owned by the same person as Here is the detailed information that may be useful to file a complain. IMPORTANT: The information comes from the WHOIS database on the Internet and may NOT be accurate.


Administrative Contact:



PO BOX 927142

San Diego, CA 92129-7142



IP address: Here is the information for the hosting company:



Address: 500 East Broward Boulevard

Address: Suite 1700

City: Fort Lauderdale

StateProv: FL

PostalCode: 33394

Country: US

NetRange: –


NetName: MEGA-1

NetHandle: NET-216-251-32-0-1

Parent: NET-216-0-0-0-0

NetType: Direct Allocation






Updated: 2001-04-09

TechHandle: ZI51-ARIN


TechPhone: +1-954-463-3080


OrgTechHandle: ZI51-ARIN


OrgTechPhone: +1-954-463-3080


Update Augest 23, 2003

Chris suggested to send complain to and Please read his comment blow to for the method to find out this email alias from any domain name.

It is appreciated if you can point out a better way to shutdown these sites or correct me if I was wrong at any point. I believe when the voice of people surfering from these spam heard, the Internet will become peace again. Good luck!

Updated Spammers Caught Nov 06, 2003

Good news! The, actually D Square LLC was caught by FTC and was sued. I believe it is the final ending of this nightmare. Read more: Caught by FTC

41 thoughts on “Shutdown DefeatMessenger And FightPopups Spam

  1. Actually the information you have provided about these moron’s domain names is really just their domain registration and DSN information. This doesn’t actually reveal their hosting company as you can always have your DNS resolving to a different location then your site is actually being served from. If you can get the hosting company you hold the key to their web life line. It’s like finding out their home address so you can do a drive-by egging. 

    To find out where a site is being served (hosted) from you have to run a “traceroute” or in DOS mode the command is “tracert”.

    Below is a text that I have copied and pasted from my DOS sleuthing to discover the hosting company behind


    Tracing route to []

    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 * * * Request timed out.

    2 27 ms 25 ms 26 ms []

    3 25 ms 29 ms 26 ms []

    4 24 ms 26 ms 26 ms []

    5 27 ms 26 ms 178 ms []

    6 29 ms 97 ms 26 ms []

    7 31 ms 31 ms 29 ms []

    8 31 ms 32 ms 33 ms []

    9 59 ms 217 ms 59 ms []

    10 71 ms 90 ms 72 ms []

    11 70 ms 71 ms 74 ms []

    12 83 ms 81 ms 82 ms []

    13 81 ms 82 ms 169 ms []

    14 113 ms 82 ms 139 ms []

    15 82 ms 85 ms 86 ms []

    16 89 ms 89 ms 88 ms []

    17 96 ms 95 ms 200 ms []

    18 164 ms 98 ms 126 ms []

    19 103 ms 105 ms 106 ms []

    20 109 ms 108 ms 105 ms []

    21 * * * Request timed out.

    22 * ^C


    OK, so what does all this gobbley-gook mean? This is basically tracing the packet hops (sort of like a traffic route map) from my computer to As you can see in hop #20 (right before you start seeing the * * * (which are indicitive of them preventing ICMP-based pings)) you can see the name

    This means that is hosting! Yippee!!!

    Now if you want to complain even farther upstream (the farther you swim the bigger fish you catch, but you have to use more persistence) you can complain to’s bandwidth provider. This can be seen in hop #14 as Double dog Yippeee!

    So how to fight Complain to both (their hosting company) and (the hosting company that hosts Send email to and

    There I have taught you how to fuck with these assholes that fuck with us all day long! Empowerment comes right after cleanliness. :)

    – chris

  2. Correction: you did a whois -h to reveal the owner of the IP address. That is a good way to do it if you are a techie and understand that sometimes ARIN may show an owner that is not the current hosting company (due to consolidation in the hosting industry), but the method I have listed above should work for the rest. I didn’t mean to sound as if you didn’t do it right bro. :)

    – chris

  3. you better quit sending me pop-ups 10 tens a day about your blocking shit. you are fucking pissing off mother fuckers. Thank you

  4. Couldn’t stand it any longer with the pop-up ads constantly bothering me when I was surfing. It got to the point that I did a google search to find out what was causing this garbage. Thankfully, I got to your site and followed the directions to turn off the messenger service. Have not had any problems since. I did e-mail the host server to complain. Many, many thanks. Keep up the good work.

    (p.s. I now see that AOL finally has a section to walk you through the messenger shut off, but you were there weeks ahead of them.)

  5. i completely agree with david you say you can stop popups but your just another annoying popup that won’t really need to stop.

  6. Chris,

    I tried to shut down the messanger service System Alert popups as per your advice, but they don’t go away. I have 3 basic types; MessageStop, DefeatMessenger, and BroadcastBlocker, and disabling messenger thru start/run doesn’t get rid of them. Got anymore ideas? Mail me at



  7. Thanks for the advice on stopping these useless garbage pop up ads. Unfortunately they didn’t stop. Any idea why?


  8. Thanks for the advice on stopping these useless garbage pop up ads. Unfortunately they didn’t stop. Any idea why?


  9. Works great! I utilize cable modem and get pop-ups without actually clicking to log onto the NET. No more problems after I followed these easy to use and user friendly directions.

    – Thanks –

  10. Same as Dan and Kelly – the pop-ups keep popping up after I take the actions you recommended. Have any other ideas? Please????

  11. It’s your stupid pop ups that keep screwing my computer up!

    Before you, I didn’t have a problem! If this works then fine, thanks, whatever. But next time your on your crusade to solve the world’s problems remember just one thing; you could be causing the problem! I.E. ME!! You feel better? Good cause I do. Good-bye, so long, good riddence. Let’s see if you have the guts to post this one! Jerk!

  12. Thank the good Lord for you! Until I got these “fight pop-ups” ads started showing up I never had a problem. And now these people want us to buy their product to prevent them from invading us? That’s not only blackmail, it’s extortion. They should be arrested. That’s like saying they’ll leave us alone if we just give them our lunch money.

    I’ll send a complaint letter to the people you recommended pronto.

    Thanks so much again!

    Michele and Carlos

  13. Thanks for the ideas/info. I don’t know whether it works yet. I’m so sorry that people are ignorantly taking out their frustrations on you!

    Fellow posters-I know y’all aren’t computer geniuses, but read the goddamn page before spewing venom. The first hint that this guy is not responsible for your frustrations is that his address is NOT endads or broadcastblaster etc etc. PLUS…THOSE sites demand you to pay for their help. That’s their whole point, and this guy is offering help for free. Eeek. so much anger.

    Thanks again, Wangjianshuo! I thought I was alone with no possible solutions to these popups!



  14. Elysive,

    Thanks for the posting. I have to admit my frustration when I see so many people just won’t read before they post the dirty words on my board. Your comment made me feel warm.

  15. Thank You!! Thank You!! Thank You!!

    I guess now I can cancel those courses on Anger Managment I signed up for after I started losing my mind from all those Pop Up messages : )

  16. THANK YOU,. I’ve complained to the attorney general of my state about this harassment. I’ve also sent numerous emails to the fightpopups site.

    I would think tht if someone did this on your answereing machine it would amount to a criminal event.

    Maybe harrasment charges will work.

    I hope your fix works.

  17. Just followed your advice, about 15 mins ago. Have had one ‘broadcast blocker’ but since then…….woops a fightpopups has just come on screen this second. Whether your advice works or not its a nice thought. These guys who demand payment to stop their pop ups (and 90% of the ads are ads on how to stop the ads! the rest are cheap drugs or weight loss schemes) are running a protection racket.

  18. Hi

    Thanks for the advice…i followed your procedure and the pop-ups remained BUT they did stop after i rebooted my machine (XP Pro).

    Keep up the excellent work – I couldn’t find any advice from microsoft or Dell tech. support to stop this annoyance.

    Great Service – something the complainers on your blog are too stuck up their own backside to appreciate.

    Best wishes


  19. I have not used your technique yet, but I will give it a try. I just want to tell you how nice it is to find someone who is trying to help in this annoying situation. I am also very sorry to see all those who are venting their anger on you. Please continue your good works and know that there are plenty of us out here who really, really appreciate what you are trying to do.


    Peggy E.

  20. For those of you who say that stopping & disabling the messenger service isn’t doing the job, have you checked that the messenger service is still stopped and disabled?

    I don’t want to sound patronising but maybe you stopped the service but didn’t disable it, meaning it will start again when you next log in. Just a thought cos I can’t see how you can recieve ‘net send’ messages if there is no software running to receive and process them.

    Keep up the good work Jian and don’t lose heart at those who are oblivious to your fine intentions. Good on yer mate.

    Mark (Lancs, UK)

  21. I sent all the offending sites to the FBI since it is extortion and the attorney general, but we will see what they can do.

    But thank you for telling me how to stop them, more people out there need to fight back. Much love for everyone but some people need to read more.

    Thank you for your help buddy.

  22. I just wanted to say thank you. I have four computers, so I spend a lot of time online. I agree that these ads are extortion and blackmail. I came to your website 3 days ago and tried your fix on all of my computers. To this point (3 days and counting) I have not recieved a single one of these “new” form of popups on any of my computers. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and a million more thanks.

    Missy (Texas, USA)

  23. THANK YOU!!! Your clear explainations and detailed instructions have stopped a huge headache for me. THANK YOU – your efforts are greatly appreciated

  24. Jian Shuo, Thank you!!! I cannot tell you how relieved I feel after stopping the pop-ups. They’re finally gone!! However, when I first followed your steps, I continued to receive them. The following may help others who have tried to disable Messenger but continue to get pop-ups:

    1. Follow Jian Shuo’s instructions again for disabling Messenger. Except this time, when you find Messenger in the Services name column, also look at the “Service Status?column.

    2. If it reads “Started?rather than just being a blank space, double click on “Messenger?(just as you did the first time to disable it).

    3. Look at the part of the “Messenger Properties?window that shows the “Service status.?Click on “Stop.?

    4. Before you leave the Messenger Properties window, the settings should indicate that the “Startup type?is disabled, and the “Service status?is stopped. Then click “OK?

    Good luck, all! Since the pop-ups have stopped, my computer is running more smoothly with fewer fractured screens and screen freeze-ups, faster website access, etc. You’ve helped so many people! I’ll be spreading the word about the abuse and the cure. Thanks again, Jian Shuo!!!

  25. Jian Shuo,

    I appreciate your effort in trying to get rid of these anoying bastards but unfortunately it did not work. I followed your steps twice but the “endads” keep popping up. I really, really, really want these stupid, anoying, ridiculous, unbelieveably lame popup ads to stop! Please help.



  27. Maybe Microsoft is getting a percentage of the profits from the companies that run these pop up messages…Another way for big business to rob the people.

  28. I ran across your method to stop popups by disabling the messenger service. Just wanted to say thanks. I was getting one about every 5-10 minutes. Have’t had one since.

  29. FTC closes one of these dirtbags down( i suspect its all the same place. One for the good guys finally. Story on MSNBC – “”

  30. Popups is there nayway too message them back like a

    ” Net Send *BLAH* Stop Spamming me”

    is tehre anyway too mesage there domain or w/e the heck it is heh im new at net send command

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