Gleams are the little gold stars on a contact’s icon that indicates that their Space has been updated. When you single click the contact icon it launches the contact card which gives you a preview of the update to the Space.
Once you view the contact card the gleam disappears until the next update to the space occurs.
However, there have been some folks that have reported that even after viewing the contact card the gleam remains ore persists. Here’s a workaround to get rid of persistent gleams:
- Close any conversations windows you have open in Messenger.
- Close Messenger.
- Exit Messenger. (If you can’t exit Messenger, use the task manager to kill the msnmsgr.exe process.)
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Tools, Internet Options, Delete Files, OK.
- Restart Messenger and sign in.
Now when you launch a contact card the gleam should be cleared.