Disable Skype ads


Add to blocked sites the addresses apps.skype.com and g.msn.com.
This can be done through Control Panel settings or through the hosts file.

  • For the first method, go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet Options > Security tab > Restricted Sites > open Sites and add the 2 websites to the list
  • For hosts file method, this file is generally found at C:\Windows\Systems32\drivers\etc ( unless you have a specific Windows folder, in which case try %WINDIR%\system32 ) ; it is usually a hidden folder, so you’ll have to display hidden files in Windows Explorer ( via View options -> Folder Options )
    Add to this file 2 lines with the 2 websites pointing to or (if in doubt, check the examples commented in the hosts file)

One more setting is needed:
Close Skype and then go to Users > [Your Windows Username] > AppData > Roaming > Skype > [Your Skype account name] > config.xml , open the file and search for AdvertPlaceholder , for which you’ll have to change the value of 1 to 0 .

Note 1: Credits go to StackOverflow, IT blogs and alike, sites that helped me with the code when searching for solutions.
Note 2: Be aware that when copy-pasting, the quotes and possibly other characters get messed up by WordPress, you’ll have to replace them.


Check for dangerous certificates on Windows


Download sigcheck application from Windows Sysinternals and then execute the command

sigcheck -tv

under a command prompt or PowerShell window

More info on How-To Gheek .

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