Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 171 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0
File Size:
549.85KB
Date Added:
April 09, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
1,617,582
Downloads Last Week:
18,487
Product ranking:
#2 in Chat
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends, and that chat feature is especially useful; you can chat with everyone from your best friends and colleagues to high-school classmates and far-flung relatives. If you don't want to always have your browser open in order to use Facebook's chat feature, there are a variety of clients that let you take chat and other Facebook features off the Facebook Web site. Unfortunately, Facebook Messenger is not the best option for this. Although the interface looks good, functional problems make this program hard to recommend.

Our first hiccup came when we tried to install Facebook Messenger and were alerted to the fact that we'd have to install the Java Runtime Environment in order for it to function. So we did that and then tried running Facebook Messenger again. We liked what we saw, at least at first. It's stylistically similar to the Facebook Web site, displaying a list of available friends with their most recent status update below each of their names. The familiar message and notification icons appeared at the top.

However, once we started chatting with someone, things started going awry. Although the exchange was appearing in a separate chat window, we also began getting new message alerts; each time either we or our chat partner typed something, it appeared as a message in our inbox. We also found the inbox part of the interface to be severely lacking; the inbox displayed parts of conversations with no way to select one and reply, and at one point it stopped displaying the content of messages entirely and just showed the icons of the friends we'd exchanged messages with.

We attempted to consult the Help file, but the little question mark icon on the interface just launched a spammy-looking Web page that contained no documentation. Overall, we think that Facebook Messenger leaves a lot to be desired, and we urge users to choose from the many alternatives available.

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  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 171 votes

    • 5 star: 126
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 26
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  • 1 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT IS A TROJAN!!!"

    July 30, 2014   |   By glenpen

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    NONE!!! IT IS A TROJAN!!!!

    Cons

    EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS A CON! THIS SOFTWARE IS A TROJAN!
    My anti-virus software detected this as a TROJAN. read the summary for the for description of what it is.

    Summary

    Filename: bsnjef15.exe.part
    Threat name: Trojan.ADH.2
    Full Path: c:\users\techie\appdata\local\temp\bsnjef15.exe.part

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    Details
    Unknown Community Usage,  Unknown Age,  Risk High





    Origin
    Downloaded from
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    Activity
    Actions performed: Actions performed: 1



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    On computers as of 
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    Last Used 
    7/30/2014 at 1:33:29 PM


    Startup Item 
    No


    Launched 
    No


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    Unknown
    It is unknown how many users in the Norton Community have used this file.

    Unknown
    This file release is currently not known.

    High
    This file risk is high.

    Threat type: Virus. Programs that infect other programs, files, or areas of a computer by inserting themselves or attaching themselves to that medium.



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    http://software-files-a.cnet.com/s/software/13/77/87/66/facebookmessenger_setup.exe?token=1406781196_d04974a3d0543608bafec48385595685&fileName=facebookmessenger_setup.exe

    Downloaded File bsnjef15.exe.part Threat name: Trojan.ADH.2
    from cnet.com

    Source: External Media



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    File Thumbprint - SHA:
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    File Thumbprint - MD5:
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  • 5 stars

    "Discreet and useful software app"

    June 01, 2014   |   By Ericbegay

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    Facebook Messenger is among the best software apps that I have come across. Now I can easily stay connected with my family and friends without the need to logon to Facebook. It is undoubtedly an excellent tool that is compatible with different Operating Systems. This tool has simplified the process of chatting too. Moreover, it is easy to download and install.

    Cons

    a handy and useful tool for all Facebook users. However it could include a few more enhancements such as an attractive software interface.

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  • 5 stars

    "Messaging with a difference"

    May 30, 2014   |   By Evelynestrada

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    Facebook Messenger app has made it possible for me to connect with my friends instantly. Good thing about this app is that it has a lot of features that make using it a complete and pleasant experience. I can add friends to the chat, which is a big plus, especially when I am coordinating an event or something. I find the sleek interface a smart choice too.

    Cons

    Sadly it downloads additional software initially.

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  • 5 stars

    "Stay connected with your Facebook friends."

    May 29, 2014   |   By FoxAshley

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    I love Facebook and all it has to offer. I have been able to track down friends who I lost touch with more than a century ago. I downloaded this Facebook messenger app for free. I really like how it works. It helps me stay in touch with all my Facebook friends through instant messages. It is simple and easy to use; I like the look off too it. It is quite appealing!

    Cons

    No complaints.

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  • 5 stars

    "Quick and easy!"

    May 27, 2014   |   By ShoshanaueSheffler

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    The new Facebook messenger app is something that will make your chat experience easy and hassle free. For me, it is a complete time saver, an app that allows me to focus on other things than spend time opening the browser, log in and so on. The tiny yet effective chat window opens up on its own and allows you to start fun conversations instantly

    Cons

    The program may require periodic updates but, this is very doable and for the convenience you get, this is a very small price to pay.

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  • 5 stars

    "Stay in touch with your Facebook friends!"

    April 29, 2014   |   By CalvinShields

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    If you enjoy Facebook as much as I do, which is a lot, I would recommend this application. Very nice messenger. I like the layout and the features it comes with. Most importantly I like that it makes it so easy to chat with my friends.

    Cons

    No cons to say

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  • 5 stars

    "Free and reliable way to reach out on FB"

    April 28, 2014   |   By Jamesmloza

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    The FB Messenger has helped me stay in touch with my FB contacts even when I am not logged onto the portal directly. It's the best for chatting I would say and the layout is exactly the same as the original FB chat page, making usage easy and simple. Videos are also easily viewable.

    Cons

    Nice tool.

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  • 5 stars

    "No browser log in required"

    April 26, 2014   |   By BrendaPark

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    Gone are those days where I once logged onto facebook via IE or Mozilla and have a full window open. I now can download the facebook messenger app which is discreet and tiny and is a great app to use when you are at work. You work and keep up to date with your mates.

    Cons

    Requires a Java update - would have been better if facebook added this to the chat app.

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  • 5 stars

    "Stay connected always"

    April 26, 2014   |   By Beverlymeredith

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    Facebook Messenger allows users to stay connected with friends and family anytime anywhere even when not connected to facebook. Compatible with multiple cross platform systems and various operating systems, it is a great tool to use.

    Cons

    A highly useful application for all the facebook users.

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  • 5 stars

    "Now I chat more with Facebook messenger."

    April 25, 2014   |   By Pamelawoodson

    Version: Facebook Messenger 2.0

    Pros

    Facebook is now very familiar to all my relatives, family and friends. We keep in contact mostly with it. With this free messenger, chatting has become lot more fun than it used to be.

    Cons

    The user interface could be made better.

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