Windows Live Messenger, or “MSN” as it is still known by most users is undoubtedly one of the most popular IM clients in the world. With Version 2009 a host of new features have been added, some of which we like; others less so. One of the most annoying changes is requirement to have certain file types scanned by an antivirus package before you can send or receive them. Whilst we agree that security is important, we don’t want to be mollycoddled by Microsoft every time someone sends us a Zip file.
Currently there are two options. You can either point MSN towards your chosen antivirus software to scan each attachment, or you can allow the horrendously slow and annoying “Windows Live OneCare safety scanner” to handle it for you. Elect for neither of these choices, and the types of file you can transfer are restricted to just a smattering of picture and music extensions. Fortunately XSReviews has an exclusive third option for you that will allow power users to send and receive any file types without restriction or AV interference.
Bypassing MSN Anti Virus Check
First of all, open up your MSN client’s options menu by clicking on the small arrow to the right of the search contacts box. Select tools and then options. Next, navigate to the file transfer section and check the “Scan files for viruses using:” option. Hit browse if needs be, and point it to "C:\Windows\System32\winlogon.exe”. This takes advantage of the fact that Windows Live Messenger simply assumes you are pointing it at a Virus scanner, and will actually allow any .exe to be selected in this box. The nice thing about using winlogon.exe is that it is always running on a Windows PC, only allows a single iteration to start, and doesn’t mind being asked to open things it doesn’t understand.
You can now shoot over zips, rars, exes or just about any other file to your contacts without any problem or interruption. If you are looking to further improve and streamline MSN, we also highly recommend you check out http://apatch.org/. Happy chatting
This article was syndicated on tech seed.