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How can I disable file transfer in MSN Messenger?

Sometimes, you might not want to allow messenger programs like MSN Messenger to allow file transfer. Find out how to use firewall rules to block ports and secure file transfer in messenger programs.

How can I disable and secure file transfer in MSN Messenger? We are using Windows 2000 and Windows XP computers.
You can set up firewall rules to block ports 6681-6900, which is what Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger use to transfer files. The Internet Connection Firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 1 and below will work, as will the Windows Firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista. You will need a third-party solution for Windows 2000.

This was first published in July 2007

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