guys, just tell me one thing. i dont use msn messenger. i have also disabled it from its own startup setting, plus also from a few other utilities. but the darned thing just appears once in a while in my system tray when on the net, saying its up, b'coz i m using so-and so. can i just go to the 'add-remove programs' and uninstall it ? it wont affect my WinXP/SP2 normal operation in any way would it ?