I read on the ICQ message boards by more than one person, that if you had a version of ICQ prior to the current one, it would eliminate those annoying "spam" messages. They lied. I completely uninstalled 2001b and installed a copy I had of 2000a. Just during the process of putting my "Friends List" back into it, I got three spam pop up messages! So, I turned back around immediately and uninstalled 2000a! So much for ICQ on my computer!