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.

internet_options

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

restricted_sites

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.