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bite me Wont download as it keeps saying i have messenger open
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I have tried a few times to get this to download each time it claims I have windows messenger open and it needs to be closed yet it already is what can I do about that?

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Member 13th Aug, 2010 15:25

If you want to end the process, simply open Task Manager and kill the thing. ;)

You can find more information here:

hope this helps.
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Maurice Joyce RE: Wont download as it keeps saying i have messenger open
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U may not have messenger open. That prompt from Adobe can be misleading. Something else may be open which they have not catered for with their warnings so they tell U anything!
Just follow this & use the bits U want & it will clear it all up.

Works with Windows XP,Vista & Windows 7 - 32 & 64 Bit systems.

If U have PSI version installed have U tried the auto update feature?
The download link and details are here:


To successfully install Adobe Flash go here:

& then here if U have any Gecko based (Firefox etc) browsers.

The latest version is:

1. Download & SAVE it to desktop.
2. The installer will appear on the desk top. Before agreeing to install check these programmes are closed:
a. All Browsers.
b. PSI.
c. Windows Messenger.
d. Incredimail.
e. Adobe Free Reader.

3. The new install will then remove all old files during the update process.
4. Complete a PSI rescan & all should be in order.
5. Delete the Flash installer from the desktop.


If U failed to complete 2. above U may well find PSI still shows a vulnerability on the rescan.


1. Double check all items listed in 2. above are closed.
2. Navigate to:
32 Bit Systems - C:\Windows\system32\Macromedia\Flash
64 Bit Systems - C:\Windows\sysWOW64\Macromedia\Flash

In these locations U may well find these entries:
FLASH10D or E or H.OCX - Right click & delete it/them.
FLASH10i.OCX - The latest version which should be retained.


1. Check the path to the vulnerability.

If PSI has found elements of Flash in the C:\i386 folder or on any drive other than C that is an OEM reinstallation partition (normally D drive) or a drive U use solely to backup your work U can safely create an ignore rule. It may also be in the Recycle Bin.


Security. (Fairly important if U care to check what Adobe attempt to store on a PC)
Adobe also have a very bad habit of changing your Flash settings each time they plug vulnerabilities. To change the security settings to your liking & regain control of your PC click here:

Click each tab U see & change the settings to your security requirements.

Bloat ware.(Very important if U dislike totally useless programmes installed on your PC)
If you used the Adobe site, rather than FileHippo to update you will also find they try or have installed an unnecessary Download Manager.

It is bloat ware by a third party Company called NOS. If found I would uninstall it via Add/Remove.

If this post has solved your problem could you please select the ACCEPT option. This will lock the thread and stop you & I from receiving unnecessary update emails.

Update 14 08:12 13/08/2010


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taffy078 RE: Wont download as it keeps saying i have messenger open
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Last edited on 14th Aug, 2010 13:39
Maurice's solution is well-tried & tested - and it works!

It could be that you still have Secunia open - if you can see the icon, it is so you must 'exit' it.

As Maurice says, every IE program must be shut, including your first page to Adobe.

taffy078, West Yorkshire, UK

HP Envy Win10 PC and Compaq Presario screwed up by forced upgrade to Win10 from WIn7
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