Removing adverts in the MSN Messenger 7.5 the easy way with Mess Patch

Screenshot of MSN Messenger
Screenshot of MSN Messenger 7.5 (Build 7.5.0324) patched to remove adverts. By default there would be a flashing advertisment above the search box at the bottom of this window.

The fine people at have done it again, and produced a customizable patch application for the latest version of MSN Messenger 7.5.(Build 7.5.0324).

One of the things that I — and countless others — find annoying is the built-in adverts at the foot of the MSN Messenger contacts window and also the conversation windows. In the past you had to remove these yourself using an application such as Resource Hacker, as documented on my previous blog post: Removing adverts from MSN Messenger 7 and 7.5.

The Mess Patch for MSN Messenger 7.5.0324 puts an end to all that DIY hacking by allowing you to specify which features you wish to disable or add, and the patch utility does it for you.

Screenshot of the Mess Patch for Messenger, showing tick box options
Screenshot of the Mess Patch for Messenger 7.5.0324, showing how easy it is to remove the annoying advertising banners.

As well as nuking the advertisement banners the Mess Patch also has a useful feature that users of Linux or Open Source instant messenger applications such as Gaim take for granted: the ability to distinguish between a contact being Away or Idle.

By default MSN Messenger blocks the transfer of a certain number of file extensions, such as .mp3 and .exe files. This is for security purposes, seemingly. But I always objected to Microsoft deciding on my behalf what files I could or could not share with my friends. I always used to hack this setting by hand (it’s stored in the Windows Registry — details on request) but now this is possible to do by simply selecting the “Remove File Transfer Blocked Extensions” option in Mess Patch.

It is worth noting at this point that I also have the excellent Messenger Plus! extension for MSN Messenger installed, which adds a host of features including the ability to decide which contacts you will automatically accept downloads from, and which you have to authorize. My closest and most trustworthy online contacts (of whom there are currently 12) can send me pretty much any file they wish, everyone else has to wait until I give the go-ahead.

On final thing about the latest update of MSN Messenger: the Help > About MSN Messenger window still shows last year’s date (highlighted in red below):

Screenshot of the MSN Messenger About screen, which shows last year\'s date

Copyright (C) 1997-2005 Microsoft Corportation. All rights reserved.

I’m no expert on how software is versioned or copyrighted, but if this is the most recent build then surely that should read “Copyright (C) 1997-2006”. You would think.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

2 thoughts on “Removing adverts in the MSN Messenger 7.5 the easy way with Mess Patch”

  1. I never did see the point in people copyrighting something for a certain amount of time e.g 1997-2005. Why not just say it’s our copyright PERIOD.

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