How to Get Rid of the Pesky antivirus Check When Sending Files in MSN Messenger…?
UPDATE: When receiving a file, using the simple “cmd.exe” causes the command prompt to show. To get around this, use the /c “exit”. This will simply execute the exit command and continue, causing a command prompt to flash quickly:
cmd.exe /c “exit”
The boffins who build MSN Messenger decided a few revisions ago to introduce a security check into messenger that doesn’t allow you to send files such as zips to other contacts unless you have antivirus installed. It’s a nice feature to stop 12yr old girls from sending around, but it’s quite annoying if you’re running an OS like Windows 7 with UAC on because the need for antivirus software is only as great as your stupidity for accepting crappy files. In fact, I have been antivirus free on my laptop for the past year just because I don’t see the need for it when UAC is on and simple precautions are taken.
Anyway, I tried to send a valid zip to my colleague today and got the little warning.
Of course, I can’t continue because I don’t have antivirus installed. Or can I…?
I clicked Options and got my File Transfer settings.
Then thought, what would happen if I just told Messenger to use any old app, like say cmd.exe, as my scanner…
Posted on 30 April, 2009, in Tips & Tricks. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
You may not want to use “cmd.exe” since that will actually run the file you are attempting to transfer in the background using the registered file association.
Actually, it doesn’t. It just runs “cmd.exe ” which means it’s just running cmd.exe passing in the file as an argument – doing nothing.
Try it… Run up a command prompt and type “cmd.exe” followed by an executable file name. Nothing will happen… 🙂