Is it possible to find out "who" owns "which" ID number??

Discussion in 'Windows MSN Messenger' started by Joc'', May 5, 2006.

  1. Joc''

    Joc'' Guest

    Hi group! I've been finding files on my comp that I know I didn't recieve.
    Thru numerous attempts, I've finally got some info about MSN messenger ID
    numbers. I've located them and I've found 9 ID's on my comp and there are
    only 5 people living in my home. What I need to know is if it's possible to
    find out who owns each particular number. Since all the files in each folder
    show as .DAT files, I can't read them to find out if I recognize anyone's
    backgrounds, etc. The kids only have one ID each. Just need to find out if
    their friends are using our comp to chat...which we've forbidden. Any help
    would be great!
    Joc'', May 5, 2006
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    StephenB Guest

    About the only way I know to track this down would be if you searched the
    registry for the ID number of the folder. This should reveal the user logon ID
    name associated with the ID number. Tread lightly in the registry, though.
    StephenB, May 5, 2006
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  3. Joc''

    Joc'' Guest

    Hi, Stephen....

    I'm not even sure how to find files in the registry. How do I get there, or
    is it best I leave it alone????Thanx:JOc'
    Joc'', May 5, 2006
  4. Jonathan Kay [MVP], May 5, 2006
  5. Joc''

    Joc'''' Guest

    Hi, Jonathon...

    I appreciate your help & tried the addy you provided. I guess what I'M
    trying to do is the opposite. I've tried it this way before but I guess what
    I need is to find out the email addy, since I already have all of the ID
    numbers. It's kinda tricky, I guess, but I guess I'll have to grill the kids
    some more...LOL. Just wanted to be sure other kids weren't using messenger
    while the adults were away during the day. My own kids know the rules about
    downloading files and stuff, but others may not abide by it. There were no
    viruses or anything...just things unsuitable for my 10 yr old to see. Thanx
    again for your help...Joc'
    Joc'''', May 5, 2006
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    StephenB Guest

    It may be best to leave it alone. However, if you want to poke, go to Start/Run
    and type regedit in the run box. When the registry editor opens go to edit/find
    on the menu and enter the numerical ID in the search box. You can repeat the
    search by pressing F5 after the first entry is found as there may be multiple
    entries or keys with the ID for you to look at. Be sure not to delete or change
    anything or you may be faced with a corrupt registry.

    I'm thinking that you may want to rethink your computer usage, though. You
    should create individual user accounts for each member of the family with
    passwords and set them to an account type of limited user. This will not prevent
    people from signing on to other Messenger accounts, but it will prevent the
    installation of many programs by the members of your family.

    MSN has also been working to improve parental controls and you should see
    something on this in the near future. It may help what you're trying to

    StephenB, May 6, 2006
  7. Hi Joc,

    Unfortunately you can't really reverse the process as it's intended to be obfuscated to
    prevent rogue apps from stealing your address.
    Jonathan Kay [MVP], May 6, 2006
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