Removing nags from Yahoo Messenger

My yahoo messenger kept on nagging me to download an update, so I did. But I had the presence of mind not to install it. However, it now nags me all the time to install the update. It’s getting really annoying. How do I revert back to the old version AND not receive any update notices in the future?

— Paulo

Yahoo Messenger can be quite a pain, huh? They want to give you their ads, their “Skype-killer” voice call feature, and a gazillion of other Yahoo-related “content-tabs” in an app that you simply minimize on your system tray. I never knew the day would come when I would actually favor Windows Live Messenger over it.

Anyway, for your first question, you can download a previous version of Yahoo Messenger in sites such as and

Now for the tricky part: Disabling software update notices.

  1. Uninstall your Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo’s uninstall doesn’t usually touch your profiles (where your archived messages are stored), but back it up just the same. Your profiles are typically located at C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles
  2. Make sure that you are not connected to the internet when you install Yahoo Messenger. If you’re dialup, just don’t dial in to your ISP.

    If you’re on a network, you need to disconnect yourself from your network. You can do this by simply unplugging your network cable. You can also do this by going to Start > Settings > Network Connections. Under LAN, right click your network connection, and select disable.

  3. Install Yahoo Messenger (the old version)
  4. Go to the directory where you installed it (typically at C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger).
  5. Look for a file called yupdater.exe, & rename it (any new filename will do).
  6. Connect to your internet (undo the actions you did in step #1).
  7. Run Yahoo Messenger.

Hope this helps.

9 thoughts on “Removing nags from Yahoo Messenger”

  1. marghil, you\’re pathetic. People like you fucks up natural search engine rankings. And for what? Because of a STUPID SEO CONTEST? FUCK! GROW UP!

  2. Got ta try this sometime. Bookmarked! Those messengers need to stop giving me their ads. Only google talk is sane man!

    groove, you gave it to him dude! Salutes!

  3. @steve: Actually, your technically correct. Unfortunately, some versions automatically connect to the internet. If you’re computer is always connected, you need to disable your internet connection first.

    @ferdie: I love Google Talk, too. Too bad only a few of my friends use it :(

    @marhgil: You’re a very bad man.

  4. i have a doubt…how do i disable d folder of my yahoo messenger id being saved..each time i log in ? plz reply fast

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