How to Remove Ads in Skype On Windows

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. Here’s how to get rid of that top banner ad in Skype by following some simple steps.

For Skype 7.x Only :

Step 1: Head to the Control Panel and click on Internet Options. This settings area may be hidden under Network and Sharing Center if you don’t see a direct shortcut for it.

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Step 2: Click on the Security tab and select the Restricted Sites icon.

Step 3: Press the Sites button and add the following sites to block the ads.

apps.skype.com

rad.msn.com

g.msn.com

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Step 4: Head to C:\users\[your user name]\App Data\Roaming\Skype\[your Skype username]. You should see a config.xml file in this directory. Right-click it and choose Edit, then find the line that says <AdvertPlaceholder> and delete the entire line. Make sure to save your changes to the file before exiting. You can use Ctrl+F to find the line quickly.

Note: If you do not see the App Data folder, it’s probably because you don’t have Show hidden files enabled. Click the Organize button > Folder and search options > View tab > mark the radio button next to Show hidden files, folders, or drives.

Now your chat window and video conferences will be free of advertisements.

Remove Shortcut Arrows from Desktop Icons in Windows

In all versions of Windows, whenever you place a shortcut on the desktop, it will overlay an arrow in the bottom left-hand corner as a visual sign that it’s a shortcut. If you don’t care to have that arrow, you can remove it in a couple of different ways. In this article, I’ll talk about a registry hack and also about a freeware utility that gets the job done.

Registry hack is the quickest and easiest way to get rid of the arrows without having to install any third-party programs. It works on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 without any issue. You do have to be a little comfortable using the registry, but it’s really straightforward.

Click on Start and type in regedit in the search box. On Windows 8, go to the Start Screen and starting typing regedit.

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Now navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE – SOFTWARE – Microsoft – Windows – CurrentVersion – Explorer – Shell Icons

Note that you may not have the Shell Icons key under Explorer by default. If it’s not there, right-click on Explorer in the left-hand pane and choose NewKey.key-registry-key

A new key will appear in the left-hand menu and you’ll have to give it a name. Now type in Shell Icons with the capitalization shown in the screenshot above. Then click on Shell Icons in the left pane and you’ll see just a key named Default in the right-hand pane. Right-click on any white area in the right-pane and choose NewString Value.

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Change the name to the number 29 and press Enter. Then double-click on the entry to bring up the key editor. In theValue Data field, go ahead and copy and paste the following:

%windir%\System32\shell32.dll,-50 

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Click OK and close out the registry editor. Now just log off and log back in or restart your computer and the arrows should be gone from your desktop icons if done correctly. This will also work on 32 or 64-bit versions of Windows.

How To Set Up Apache Virtual Host on Windows

Introduction

As a webmaster, upon creating your first site, you may want to install a program like XAMPP. You then put your site in the /htdocs/ directory and it is then accessible via the URL: http://localhost/

Issue

But will happen if you start to develop several sites simultaneously ?

You end up with a multitude of sub folders, and URLs to extension, for example:

http://localhost/folder1/folder2/myproject/index.php

Which will act as the site root url in the development phase.

The problem is that absolute and relative URLs do not work when you host your site (live) and sometimes you may be confronted to lengthy urls to access the site, etc. …) then this tutorial will be helpful.

The objective of the tutorial

We will create virtual host and use short addresses such as: http://myproject.dev/

Prerequisites

  • This tutorial was written for people working under Windows environment, and using XAMPP server. But you will probably have no difficulty to implement this method with other software.
  • Assuming you have installed XAMPP under C:xampp.
  • Assuming you have placed your current project under C:xampphtdocsMyProject.
  • You need a text editor, such as Notepad.

Set the host for windows

Open the file: C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts
At the end of the file you should have something like this:

127.0.0.1 localhost
::1 localhost

Add the following line to the end of it or below the above written lines

127.0.0.1 myprojet.dev

And save the file.

Note: If you can not edit the file, verify that it is not read-only. Under Vista or Windows 7, you may encounter more problems with the UAC. Make a copy of the file on your desktop, set the write permissions, make the change, then put the file in read-only, and overwrite the original file.

Configuring Apache

Find the httpd.conf file in the apache folder inside xampp.

C://xampp/apache/conf/httpd.conf

Open the above file and add the following lines,

It is essential to properly put the two host definitions. 1st one to retain your original localhost definition, and the 2nd one for your desired host name.

Save the file.
Restart your Apache server.

Hide Files & Folders Using Command Prompt

You always wanted to hide your personal and confidential data from unknown or strangers eyes but using any software may charge you, here is a trick from which you can easily hide your content.

The most important thing is that, once hidden with this method, the files/folders cannot be viewed by any search options even if you click “Show All Hidden Files and Folders”.

You can now easily hide your files or folders through Command Prompt. It will be impossible for others to find the file or folder unless they know the file name or folder name. You can secure your documents easily by this method. Make sure you remember the file or folder name!

Hiding the most wanted files and folders is very important nowadays and it’s really a tedious job too. In order to make this tedious job an easy one, I’m going to deliver you this trick now.

Step 1 : Open Command Prompt

Hit Windows + R key on keyboard to enter into “RUN” mode.

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Type “cmd” and hit Enter. 

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Step 2 : Navigate To Desired Drive And Hide Item

In my case my folder “Private” is present inside E:

my_folder

Now switch to command prompt and type “E:” and Hit Enter. You are now in E drive.

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Here is your original command,

attrib +s +h Private

Otherwise you can directly enter the following command without switching to the drive E in following way,

attrib +s +h E:Private

step 3 : Unhide Your Item

In this trick you have to remember your folder or file name in order unhide, because you can not even find the item after you choose “Display Hidden Files And Folders”. Type the same code with (-) symbol.

attrib -s -h E:Private

Step 4 : Find Your Item In Emergency

Create a “sample.zip” file in you drive and navigate to that folder to view all the hidden files applied through the command prompt,

I hope this trick will somewhat useful for you.