Removing VA Services from the Connect Dialog

If all you want is to get the service out of the Connect Window, rename that service's ".cnf" file to something else. Everything else should be left there.

Note that the ".cnf" file for a service lives in the VA directory whose name is the service neame, and has a filename that is formed from the service name plus the letters "INT", truncated to 8 characters in all, with the extension ".cnf".

For example, a virgin.net user might have a service called "Virgin". The .cnf file name would be formed by truncating "VirginINT" to 8 characters and appending ".cnf". Giving "<VA_Dir>\Virgin\VirginIN.cnf".

There is a complication when using Windows Explorer (aka "My Computer") on Windows to rename files with the ".cnf" extension. Windows uses ".cnf" for its own "Speed Dial" files, and hides the file extension 1). This means that you will not see the ".cnf" extension with explorer – though it is possible to identify the file as it is listed as having type "SpeedDial") and that you will not be able to rename the file by changing its extension (e.g. to "VirginIN.zzz") as Windows protects the extension of such files. You can however change the file NAME so that it no longer matches the service name by VA's rules, and this will prevent the service from appearing in the 'Connections' and 'Comms Setup' dialogs.

If you use the commandline the filename has no special significance to Windows, and you can rename it any way you like.

To totally remove a service

To remove services from Virtual Access do the following

Select the ServiceName in the messagebase window, and right click on it.

Choose Resign/Delete. The radio button should be set to Selected Folders(s), OK that. Check delete messages, uncheck all others and OK that.

This removes the service from VA's messagebase and general views, but there is still stuff around.

To remove the ServiceName reference totally then look for the ServiceName directory under the main va directory (using file manager/explorer) and delete that.

Under the VA directory directory look for the temp directory and under that look for the ServiceName directory and delete that.

Edit Ashmount.ini and look for the [service ServiceName] section and remove that section.

1) It does this even when you deselect the "Hide extensions for known file types" option in explorer
 
vaosfaq/remserv.txt · Last modified: 02.06.2008 17:05 by daniel
 
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