How to Delete My Yahoo Messenger Account

I hope you heard the news about closing of Yahoo Messenger public chat rooms. Some of the loyal users of Yahoo messenger service(YM) are angry about this and one user wrote me to share steps to delete YM accounts. What ever the reasons, if you are not interested to continue your Yahoo account, Yahoo provides an option to delete it. However, the most important point to remember is, you cannot delete YM account alone. Only option is to delete entire features associated. So I recommend to use different alias if you are no longer interested in disclosing your real ID. If you are determined to delete entire Yahoo account, you can follow the steps provided below.

  1. Go to Yahoo Account Termination page by click on the link below

  2. Login using your username and password

  3. Now you need to verify termination process by filling your password

  4. Now they will permanently disable your access to this account and put this account in deletion queue. Your account will be deleted after 90 days.

Points to Remember
  1. If you are using any premium service, you have to cancel them before you start delete process.

  2. Even if you delete the Yahoo account, it is still in their server for 90 days

This 90 days delay in complete removal is to prevent users doing fraudulent activities using their service. For example if one particular user use his messenger account to do any malicious or fraudulent activity may close his YM profile once his task is completed. Once his profile is removed from the server, he can assure safety from getting caught for his works. However, this 90 days delay is enough for legal authorities to track his user ID and the IP address used to create and manage that ID.

The above steps are enough to remove your YM profile. If you are looking for services which shows whether your current contacts are invisible or offline, click on the link below. The steps and tools provided in that tutorial will help you understand the current real status of your contacts.
Check Whether Your Contact is Invisible or Offline

Have you ever think about find out whether the location mentioned by your YM contact is correct? Theoretically it is possible to find out the actual location of your contact. To learn how, click on the link below.
How to Find the Location of Your YM Contact

Once I received an error with Yahoo messenger, not related to termination, while starting messenger. The below link leads to the solution and reasons of that error.
Runtime Error- has Requested Runtime to Terminate

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