For a while this morning, I found that all my Windows Live Messenger contacts were showing as offline.    I checked the Messenger Status page and all looked ok?   Searched Google and Twitter for others with similar problems, but no, alas it appeared it was just me?

Was everyone ignoring me?  I tried restarting messenger a few times, but each time I signed in – everyone was still offline?

I then noticed that the fans were kicking in on my laptop – a sure sign that something was hitting the CPU, so I brought up task manager.    The task at the top – wlcomm*32.exe (note: it’s a 64 bit machine).     Killing this process caused Messenger to re-log in, and yes, all of my contacts were available again!