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Last active Feb 20, 2018

What would you like to do?
Disable Skype ads: 1.) Add hosts to your hosts file 2.) Flush DNS resolver cache (ipconfig /flushdns)
# Block Skype ads * * *
# Keep "" if you want to see Skype Home (prepend # at line below)!
# PRO-TIP: Removing the adds does NOT remove the add placeholder side bar(s)!
# This can be removed by going to: %appdata%/skype/YOUR_USER_NAME/config.xml
# and set all Advert-related values to 0:
# <AdvertEastRailsEnabled>0</AdvertEastRailsEnabled>
# <AdvertLargeEastRailCutoff>0</AdvertLargeEastRailCutoff>
# <AdvertNorthRailCutoff>0</AdvertNorthRailCutoff>
# <AdvertPlaceholder>0</AdvertPlaceholder>
# <AdvertSmallEastRailCutoff>0</AdvertSmallEastRailCutoff>

d-kr commented Dec 11, 2015

I'm not sure (please correct me if I'm wrong), but correctly setting the ip adress to instead of will prevent a connection even to localhost. At least on windows. On linux that ip stands for "ask anyone the web".

@d-kr It depends on the context, not the OS. is an invalid IP address, but in the context of routing means any network. So I would guess would probably route to any interface, including the external ones. So it won't work. Haven't tested this, though.

dada84 commented Feb 13, 2016

"" should not be blocked as this host provides the Skype Home. I unblocked it and I haven't seen any ad so far.

This no longer works as of today - I'm getting ads with all of these host edits. Did MS add new ad sources?

Just block "". I don't need Skype Home.

dada84 commented Mar 27, 2016

Blocking seems to block every ads. The problem is that this domain also provides the Skype Home. I'm going to investigate in order to find new ad domains. But for the moment, we'll either have to face the ads or to remove the Skype Home.
EDIT: after like an hour of investigation, I found out that AdNexus was using many subdomains, and I also found out that wildcards such as * do not work in hosts files.
There is nothing more we can do. Either find a software that allows wildcards (eg blacklist *, or use PeerBlock with the "Ads" subscription list.

czerwinski76 commented May 19, 2016

Keep "" if you want to see Skype Home !
This line is useless. Without, Skype is ad-free !!!

Thank you @eyecatchup !

Thank you! It worked. And cz*76, thx for the tip.

gucu112 commented Sep 27, 2017

👍 for ""

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