Disable Skype ads

2017/03/06

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 0.0.0.0 or 127.0.0.1 (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.

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