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MSN Plus was a popular add on for MSN Messenger (Windows Live Messenger) throughout the &#;s. One of the features MSN Plus had was the ability to log chats, then in later versions of MSN Plus encrypt these chat logs.

Encrypted chat logs we&#;re certainly a good idea, however as the years go on things change. MSN Messenger has long since been merged with Skype and development of MSN Plus has ended. So what can I do about the all the encrypted chat logs I have spanning almost 10 years?

It&#;s still possible to view the chat logs if you install an old version of MSN Messenger, which will then allow MSN Plus to be installed so your encrypted chat logs can be opened as normal. To me installing two programs which are no longer supported (and not even possible to download unless you have archived a copy) was certainly not ideal in my mind, so I wanted to find a way to decrypt all my old chat logs.

As it turns out back in a MSN Plus community member going by the alias of CookieRevised created a batch file that would decrypt (or encrypt) all MSN Plus chat log files found within a folder / sub folders of that folder.

Providing you know the password used to encrypt your chat logs this script can scan through your chat logs folder, locate any .PLE files (Encrypted chat logs) and batch decrypt them back to the standard .html chat logs MSN Plus used for non encrypted chat logs.

The process is pretty easy to do presuming you have an offline installer for MSN Messenger and a compatible version of MSN Plus. If not I have uploaded a copy of everything you will require below.

Removing Chat Log Encryption From Messenger Plus (MSN Plus) PLE Chat Logs

To remove the encryption from your chat logs you will need to download the following:

I have created mirrors of the above files from my download archives as none of them appear to be hosted online anymore, all the files were sourced from their official sites many years ago.

Note: I installed the above on a Windows 7 SP1 64bit virtual machine which i can confirm this process will work on, newer versions of Windows might not be compatible.

Once you have download the files above, follow these steps to decrypt your MSN Messenger chat logs:

  1. Install Windows Live Messenger
  2. Install MSN Plus Live
  3. Extract the DecryptEncryptAll batch files to the folder your chat logs are located in &#; Documents\My Chat Logs is the default location.
  4. You should have now have something like this:
  5. As you can see each months chat logs are encrypted:
  6. Open the DecryptAll bat file and enter the password used to encrypt the chat logs:
  7. The decryption process should now start:
  8. Once decrypted the encrypted chat logs will be deleted and you will end up with the standard MSN Plus HTML versions of your chat logs in the same folder the encrypted chatlog was located in.

To decrypt all my chat logs it took around mins (I wasnt really watching it), this will vary depending how many logs you have saved over the years. My chat logs were encrypted from September onward to December

I believe December was around the time I switched over to Trillian as i didnt really like the look of the newer MSN clients, however at that point Trillian was still capable of connecting to the Messenger network and was a much nicer client than in my opinion.

I hope this helps some fellow MSN users out, I think old chat logs are something good to keep and look back on in years to come to see what I was doing in a certain point in my life, even just looking back at a few when posting this blog i was thinking &#;wow i totally forgot about that&#;.

If you are from the UK you likely grew up with MSN Messenger, it&#;s something I had used since the year Back when I was in school or college you would just ask someone for their MSN email address, rather than a mobile number. Back then not everyone had mobile phones and for those who did calls / texts where not usually free, so most people would often be on MSN during the evenings. The modern day equivalent seems to be WhatsApp / Facebook messenger. Anyway i&#;m going a bit off topic here, i hope someone find&#;s this blog post of some use sometime in the future!

Note: the source for the batch script used in this guide was the MSN Plus forums, which now no longer appear to exist. A community hosted archive of the MSN Plus forums can be found here. The batch file used in this blog was found in the archived topic here.

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Essential Guide: How to Install Telegram on Ubuntu Linux

Learn how to install Telegram on Ubuntu LTS and above, as well as Ubuntu-based Linux distros like Linux Mint and Zorin OS in four different ways.

Sat mouthing &#;What is Telegram?&#; at your screen? All you really need to know is that Telegram messenger is a free, full-featured, and hugely popular WhatsApp alternative with server-side encryption and data privacy at its core.

There are official Telegram apps for Android and iOS (note: you need a working mobile number to create a Telegram account) but you can also use the service in a web browser, using Telegram Web.

But the best way to experience all of the features Telegram has to offer is by using the official Telegram desktop client available for Windows, macOS, and (hurrah) Linux.

Now, keep in mind that this post is a tutorial on how to install Telegram on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and related distros. It is not a &#;Telegram vs WhatsApp&#; showdown, or a blow-by-blow of the service; you can make up your own mind.

As such we won&#;t deep dive into the reasons why millions of fine folk use this messaging service daily. That said, here are a few of Telegram&#;s features:

  • Send text, photos, audio and video clips
  • Individual, group and private chat options
  • Make free voice calls to other users
  • Messages are encrypted and can self-destruct
  • Open API and protocol permits 3rd party apps

Waffle digested, let&#;s get to the meat in this how-to sandwich!

How to Install Telegram on Ubuntu

Below we show you four different ways to install Telegram on Ubuntu LTS (or later), (though the service does also support Ubuntu LTS should you be running a version that old).

Regardless of which way you choose to install Telegram you get the exact same app with the exact same features. No difference.

Additionally, the PPA and Snap app methods listed also get you automatic updates to new builds as and when they&#;re released.

The Telegram desktop app for Linux is a native app and is (mostly) open source software distributed under the GPL v3 license. Code is available on GitHub. It should run fine under most desktop environments, e.g., Xfce, Cinnamon, etc, however a few DEs may have trouble showing the tray indicator.

Method 1: Official Telegram Download

The desktop section of the official Telegram website lets you download a Telegram desktop app installer that works on a variety of operating systems, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint and more.

Click the button below to download the tarball package for Linux distros (including Ubuntu) which contains a standalone Telegram runtime and updater:

Download Telegram for Linux (bit Telegram for Linux (bit

To &#;run&#; Telegram using this package is easy: extract the archive, enter the &#;Telegram&#; folder it creates, then double-click on the binary inside to launch the app.

You can then follow the set up instructions that appear on your screen.

Note: this method does not &#;install&#; the app on your system, but it will add a &#;Telegram&#; app shortcut to your system app launcher/app menu. Just remember to not delete the binary file it links to!

If you like to live on the bleeding edge you can also download Telegram beta for Ubuntu:

Download Telegram for Linux Beta (bit)Download Telegram for Linux Beta (bit)

Method 2: Install Telegram Snap App

You can install Telegram as a Snap application on Ubuntu using the Ubuntu Software app. To do this just search for &#;telegram-desktop&#; inside the store or click the install button below to open the app listing page directly:

Install Telegram Desktop on Ubuntu

You can install the Telegram Snap app using the command line with the command:

sudo snap install telegram-desktop

When the Telegram install is complete the app will be available to launch from app launchers and app menus. Once running, just follow the on-screen set-up instructions.

Method 3: Add the Telegram PPA

The terrific Spanish Linux blog Atareao maintain an unofficial Telegram PPA for Ubuntu LTS and above. This PPA packages the latest official builds in a traditional repository.

If you want to install Telegram on Linux Mint you may prefer using this PPA over the binary (method 1) or snap package (method 2).

Adding the Telegram PPA to your software sources is easy. Just pop open a new terminal window ( + ) and run the following command, entering your user password when prompted:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram

Followed by:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install telegram

Once install is complete you will be able to launch Telegram by finding it in your desktop environment&#;s app menu or app launcher.

Method 4: Install Telegram Flatpak

The Telegram Linux client is also available to install as a Flatpak app from Flathub. Note: on Ubuntu you will need to install Flatpakand set-up the Flathub repo before you can install the app.

Telegram on Flathub


To sign up for a Telegram account you need a valid/working mobile telephone number, just like WhatsApp. This applies even if you only intend to use the service on a desktop computer.

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How To: Archive Telegram Conversations to Keep Your Main Chats List Clean & Organized

In Telegram — as with all instant-messaging apps — threads and conversations can pile up quickly. But you don't need to stare at all of your open chats on the main screen of the Android and iOS app. Instead, you can archive any conversation you like, keeping your main chats view relevant to your day-to-day communications without needing to delete any for good.

The "Archived Chats" folder, while simple to set up, offers a large number of features to keep your chats view clean. You can archive and unarchive multiple threads at once; you can hide the folder itself from the main screen so you never need to see your archive; and you can ensure that archived threads don't reappear in your chat view when you receive a new message.

1. Archive Chats One at a Time

To archive a single conversation, locate the chat on the main "Telegram" (Android) or "Chats" (iOS) screen. Next, on Android, long-swipe left on the thread until the revealed blue Archive button turns gray, then let go. On iOS, you can short-swipe left on the thread until you see buttons for Mute, Delete, and Archive, then tap the "Archive" button. Additionally, on iOS, you can long-swipe left on the thread until the Archive button covers the other two buttons, then let go.

2. Archive Multiple Chats at Once

You don't need to swipe on each thread one at a time. If you know you need to archive multiple threads, on iOS, tap "Edit" on the main "Chats" screen. On Android, long-press on a single chat you want to archive from the "Telegram" screen. Next, on either operating system, select each thread you wish to file away, so they are all checked. Finally, tap "Archive" at the bottom of the display (iOS) or hit the Archive box icon in the top (Android).

3. View Your Archived Chats Folder

After you first archive a chat, a new "Archived Chats" folder appears at the top of your "Chats" or "Telegram" list of conversations — tap on that to view them all. On Android, you may need to swipe down on the list to see it appear. For iOS, if it was a Secret Chat that you archived, the Archived Chats folder won't appear at the top of the list yet — it only shows up when you archive a regular cloud chat, but all of the Secret Chats you archived previously will be there when you do.

Use the search bar (iOS) or magnifying glass (Android) to search for specific threads. You can even send new messages in these threads while keeping them archived.

4. Send Archived Chats Back to Your Inbox

If you mistakenly archived a thread or multiple threads at the same time, there is an "Undo" button that shows up at the bottom of the screen for a second or two. Tap it to quickly reverse the archived action, bringing everything back to your inbox right away.

When the Undo button disappears, or when you decide to send a conversation you archived a while ago back to your main chats inbox, you can do so from inside the Archived Chats folder.

To unarchive a single chat on Android, it's just like archiving — long-swipe left on it. For iOS, it's also the same as archiving — long-swipe left on it or short-swipe left and tap "Unarchive." Similarly, when it comes to mass unarchiving, tap "Edit" (iOS) or long-press on a chat you'd like to unarchive (Android), check the threads you want, then tap "Unarchive" at the bottom (iOS) or the Unarchive box at the top (Android).

5. Hide the Archive Folder in the Chats Inbox

Not only can you hide unwanted threads in the Archived Chats folder, but you can also hide the Archived Chats folder itself. On Android, it's hidden by default when launching Telegram, and you can swipe up on the screen or long-swipe left to hide it temporarily. To unhide it, swipe down to reveal the folder again.

On iOS, Archived Chats is always pinned up top unless you manually hide it. Short-swipe left on the folder to reveal the "Hide" button, then tap it. Alternatively, long-swipe left on it to hide it right away. Now, you can pull down on the inbox list to unhide it, as well as pull up on the list to temporarily hide it. After a force-close and relaunch of Telegram, the folder is hidden. To pin it back to the top, unhide it, then long-swipe left on the folder again or short-swipe left on it and tap "Pin."

6. Keep Threads Archived for Good

You can archive a chat, but it might not stay there for long. By default, Telegram will unarchive a chat if you receive a new message in it. If you know that you want to keep a conversation archived for an extended time, you'll need to mute notifications on it. To do this, open the thread from your Archived Chats folder.

On iOS, tap the chat symbol in the top right, then tap "Notifications." While you can tap the limited mute options that appear in the action sheet, like "Mute for 1 hour" or "Mute for 2 days," the only option that will keep this thread in your archive folder for good is "Disable," so select that.

On Android, tap the vertical ellipsis in the top right of the thread, then tap "Mute." Like with iOS, there are a few mute options available, but "Disable" is the one you want, so tap that. Alternatively, either before or after you archive, you can long-press on a message, then tap "Mute" from the vertical ellipsis to bring up the muting options, and if you select multiple threads before tapping "Mute," when you do touch it, they will all be disabled by default.

If you want to mute a thread on iOS before archiving it, you can short-swipe left on the thread, then tap "Mute" to disable notifications for good immediately.

7. Organize Your Threads via Pinning

Just because this is an archive doesn't mean you can't keep some level of organization, which brings us to pinning. Pinned threads float to the top of the display, so you can view them right away. Each time you pin a thread, it goes right to the top, even if there were other pinned chats there before. With this in mind, you can pin your threads strategically, to keep them in the order you'd like them to be in.

On an Android Phone

Android has a better way to pin chats at this time. In Android, long-press on the conversation you'd like to pin last. Then, tap other threads in the reverse order of how you'd like to see them pinned, i.e., 5th choice, 4th choice, 3rd choice, 2nd choice, then 1st choice. Next, tap the Pin icon at the top. You'll see your options arrange themselves in your chosen order.

You can also manually arranged pinned items. Long-press on any of them, and you'll see the two-lined drag icon appear on the right of each pin. Next, long-press on the thread you want to move, and drag and drop it. Tap the "x" to finish. To unpin items, long-press on one, then select all that you want to unpin, and tap the Unpin icon up top.

On an iPhone

For iOS, you'll find pinning just as effective as on Android, but not quite as efficient. In the archived list, short-swipe left on the last thread you'd like pinned to reveal the "Pin" option. Tap it to anchor your chat to the top. Now, repeat the process in reverse order of how you'd like your threads to line up, as each pinned thread will appear above the last.

Also, as with Android, you can move pins around in the folder. From the list view, tap "Edit," and you'll see the two-lined drag icon appear next to each pin. Long-press that icon for the thread you want to move, then drag and drop it where needed. Tap "Done" to finish. To unpin items, from the main list, short-swipe left on them, then tap "Unpin."

On both Android and iOS, if a chat is pinned in the Archived Chats folder but does not have its notifications disabled, whenever a new message comes in, it will still go back to the main chats inbox and disappear from the archives.

This article was produced during Gadget Hacks' special coverage on texting, instant messaging, calling, and audio/video chatting with your smartphone. Check out the whole Chat series.

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