Remove that warning message within MSN Messenger on OSX
Never give out your password or credit card number in an instant message conversation. To help prevent infection by a computer virus or worm, never accept or open any file or link in an instant message until you verify its authenticity with the sender.
The first time I saw that warning message while trying to IM somebody, I thought to myself: "Awww how thoughtful of you Microsoft, looking out for me like that.." The second time it was more like "Yea man..I know". By the third time, I was looking desperately within the prefereences to turn that annoying message off.
Turns out you can't turn the message off by conventional means. I guess Microsoft believes that Messenger users have the memory span of a Goldfish, hence the ongoing warning message "feature". Fed-up of been treated like a Goldfish, I decided to finally get rid of that annoying warning message..
- Make sure MSN Messenger isn't running.
- Go to the MSN Messenger.app inside your Applications folder, and select it.
- Right-click (Control-Click for some), then select Show Package Contents.
- Navigate your way from folder to folder: Contents > Resources .
- Double-click on the folder that corresponds to the language you currently use. For me: English.lproj
- Find the file: InstantMessageWindow.strings
- Right-click (Control-Click for some), then select Open With > Other..
- Choose TextEdit and hit Open
- Scroll-down till you reach the line that starts with IMWarning = "
- Delete all the text inside the quotes. the end result should be IMWarning = "";
- Save the file and relaunch Messenger.
- Enjoy the lack of that pesky warning message.
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- 3/10/2008 11:46:00 AM
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