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How to Remove Ads in Skype On Windows

Skype is starting to roll out new ads across the Windows platform. The ads appear at the top of the messaging screen. Here’s how to remove the annoyance.

When using Skype the other day I noticed a new ad placement that hadn’t been there before. Of course I found it annoying and wanted to get rid of it. We’ve written a few articles on how to get rid of ads in Microsoft Messenger, and they’re no less annoying in Skype. Here’s how to get rid of that top banner ad in Skype by adding a simple line to your HOSTS file.

Update: It looks like this trick will work for a few days, sometimes less — depending on your computing environment. For example, in my home office it came back after three days. It looks like it ends up pulling the ad from a different server. After the ad came back, I flushed my DNS — details below on how to do it — and the ad is gone again. 

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Remove Skype Banner Ads

To remove them you’ll need to add an entry to your HOSTS file. You can get there by visiting the following location:

  • C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

In Windows 7, right-click the HOSTS file and open it with Notepad.

You’ll need to run Notepad in Administrator mode. To do that, open Notepad by right-clicking it and select Run as Administrator.

In Windows 8.1, the easiest way to do it is search for Notepad from the Start screen, right-click and Run as Administrator.

Run as Admin Windows 8

Then go to File > Open and browse to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

Notepad

To see the files you’ll need to change the dropdown in the lower right corner to All Files.

All Files

Once you have the HOSTS file open, scroll down to the bottom and add the following line at the end:

127.0.0.0                   rad.msn.com

Then make sure to save the change.

HOSTS file

Restart Skype and the banner ad at the top is gone!

No Ads

Flush DNS if Ad Comes Back

If the ad comes back after a few days you can easily get rid of it again by flushing your DNS. To do so, open the Command Prompt and type: ipconfig /flushdns and hit Enter.

Flush DNS

After that restart Skype and the ad should be gone again.

If you have anything to share about what happens when you get rid of the ad, how long it takes to come back or if you’ve figured out a way to permanently remove them, leave a comment below.


10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. asdf  

    thanks

  2. hateads  

    tyvm, worked instantly on 1st try

  3. Maverick  

    Worked for about a half hour before ads came back up on the top banner.

    Running Windows 7 Ultimate with the latest skype. Performed the HOSTS edit and flushed DNS.

    • VTDL  

      Try to block the site “https://apps.skype.com/” in the “Internet Options” inside the Internet Explorer.

  4. Sterring  

    Worked perfectly, thank you.

  5. Frank  

    I have not install Skype now, but it is a good idea to add this item to my HOST file.

  6. aboutblank  

    Note slight difference in local host addresses in the original article:
    Instructions say to add the line:
    127.0.0.0 rad.msn.com
    but the picture below the instructions shows:
    127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com

    Usually, one adds 127.0.0.1 to reroute to local host.
    However, when I tested, 127.0.0.0 works, so I’ll leave alone for now.

    Just a F.Y.I. Surprising that the whoever wrote the article didn’t catch this (and also surprising that no one pointed it out, until now!).

    • The same reason he keeps deleting posts from people who actually know what they’re talking about.

      1. you should use 0.0.0.0 not 127.0.0.1
      2. latest Skype has a advert container that wont hide with this method
      3. more than just ads are delivered by rad servers, bull in a china shop.

    • TEchi  

      no the one with .1 is better

  7. nekoboi  

    it works on windows 10 and the latest update on skype

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