Block Ads in Skype by adding the Ad Server to Restricted Sites

If you’re a regular Skype user who finds the Skype chat window ads to be distracting, here is a neat way to disable the ads and the ad placeholders. The instructions apply to Skype 7 desktop app for Windows.

Skype ads are fetched from apps.skype.com server using a secure (https) connection. To block the ads, you just need to add this sub-domain to the Restricted Sites zone in Internet Explorer so that scripts can’t run from that site. The setting works for Internet Explorer as well as Skype.

Here is how to block Skype ads:

2 .Open Internet Explorer, click Tools ( + ) and open Internet Options.

4. Type the following website address, and click Add.

(Be sure to use the prefix https:// instead of http:// )

5. Click Ok, Ok to close Internet Options.

7. Re-open Skype. No Ads should display now, and the chat window would appear as below:

However, as you can see in the screenshot, a placeholder appears where the ads used to appear.

Remove empty ad placeholders in Skype

9. Press + to bring up the Run dialog.

11. Double-click to open your Skype profile folder. In this example, the profile folder is named ramesh_mvp.

12. Open the file config.xml using Notepad.

block skype ads in windows

15. Save the file and close Notepad.

block skype ads in windows

If the apps.skype.com subdomain is blocked, it also causes Skype Home to stop working. You’ll see the message Skype Home is unavailable at the moment. Check back later... which briefly appears, and then followed by an animated blue circle or progress indicator. Regardless, you can click on a contact to start a chat instance.

Malvertisement Campaigns

Screenshots of malicious ads in Skype

Those ads mislead users to believe that they’re genuine dialog boxes by the respective software — WMP and Flash, and create a sense of urgency. Clicking on the ad, as a Skype user reports, “will take you to a site pretending to be Adobe and try to download viruses to your machine.

And check out this GitHub page for a HOSTS file that blocks Skype ads. Using HOSTS file is another method to disable ads.

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