How to Remove Skype Ads

This post briefly talks about what I did to remove Skype ads from my Skype IM.

 

There are 1 place inside of Skype with a checkbox that I like to uncheck so to do that Go to Privacy > Privacy Settings and uncheck the bottom box that says “Allow Microsoft Targeted ads, including use of Skype Profile age and gender

Then, add the following to your hosts file at: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
You can edit your hosts file with Notepad ++ which is what I did.

This first entry will disable Skype Updates so u can leave this one off the list if you like.

127.0.0.1 download.skype.com

These other entries are just related to advertising.

127.0.0.1 *.msads.net
127.0.0.1 *.msecn.net
127.0.0.1 *.rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1 a.ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1 ac3.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1 adnexus.net
127.0.0.1 adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 ads1.msads.net
127.0.0.1 ads1.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1 aka-cdn-ns.adtech.de
127.0.0.1 an.secure.tacoda.net
127.0.0.1 aorta.clickagy.com
127.0.0.1 asvcs.aol.com
127.0.0.1 az512334.vo.msecnd.net
127.0.0.1 b.ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1 bs.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 cdn.at.atwola.com
127.0.0.1 cdn.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 cds26.ams9.msecn.net
127.0.0.1 db3aqu.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 devads.skypeassets.net
127.0.0.1 download.skype.com
127.0.0.1 dpm.demdex.net
127.0.0.1 dtm.advertising.com
127.0.0.1 ec.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1 flex.msn.com
127.0.0.1 g.msn.com
127.0.0.1 gum.criteo.com
127.0.0.1 h6.msn.com
127.0.0.1 ib.adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 live.rads.msn.com
127.0.0.1 msntest.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1 pixel.advertising.com
127.0.0.1 preads.skypeassets.net
127.0.0.1 qaads.skypeassets.net
127.0.0.1 qawww.skypeassets.net
127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1 s.aolcdn.com
127.0.0.1 s.blogsmithmedia.com
127.0.0.1 secure-ams.adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 secure-fra.adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 secure.adnxs.com
127.0.0.1 secure.flashtalking.com
127.0.0.1 secure.uac.advertising.com
127.0.0.1 sO.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 static.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1 static.skypeassets.com
127.0.0.1 static.skypeassets.net
127.0.0.1 su.addthis.com
127.0.0.1 uk.at.atwola.com

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