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How do you get rid of the Flash ads on Skype ?

Always used to see ads on the Home/Contacts page and this didn't bother me but now getting them when making video calls, intruding onto the screen. really nasty and irritating.

Using W7 and FF but can't use the FF adblocker on Skype, or can I ??? The adblocker is brilliant everywhere else.

Would appreciate any advice from you expert PC guys out there.
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Spend a fiver and buy some Skype-out minutes and the ads will be gone.
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Might be the answer....

I've " googled " the problem and there seems to be some complicated suggestions that some say work, others say that they don't, all frighten me !
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"Luckily, there is a solution to get rid of these advertisements and make Skype better (although it still has too many problems than the older versions).

1. Open-up the control panel.
2. Open-up "Network & Internet" then "Internet Options".
3. Go to the "Security" tab.
4. Click on the "Restricted Sites" icon, then the "Sites" button below it.
5. Type "https://apps.skype.com/" (without the quotes) into the text box and click "Add"
a. Type "g.msn.com" (without the quotes) into the text box and click "Add"
6. Close and apply the changes.
7. Restart Skype.
8. ???
9. Profit!

That's the relatively easy way to block them though may leave a blank "placeholder" behind...

The more advanced bit is as follows:
With Skype completely closed (click quit on it's icon in system tray).

Go to:

%AppData%\Skype\
Click on the folder that is the same name as your Skype User name.
Open the config.xml in your fav txt editor and change this line:
<AdvertPlaceholder>1</AdvertPlaceholder>
Change the 1 to 0 (zero). Mark the file as read only.

Relaunch Skype. Ad gone. "

From a Skype community forum.

*** Has had some mixed results it seems though but may be worth a try.

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Was having a look around for alternatives yesterday and a pop up from Skype appeared saying something like " We see you are looking for alternatives, have you found any answers - Yes/No ? "

Waiting to see if they'll now screw up my Skype account.....

Thought I'd got rid of all tracking cookies, obviously not. Seems that there is no hiding place on t'internet anymore, all very discouraging.
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"Luckily, there is a solution to get rid of these advertisements and make Skype better (although it still has too many problems than the older versions).

1. Open-up the control panel.
2. Open-up "Network & Internet" then "Internet Options".
3. Go to the "Security" tab.
4. Click on the "Restricted Sites" icon, then the "Sites" button below it.
5. Type "https://apps.skype.com/" (without the quotes) into the text box and click "Add"
a. Type "g.msn.com" (without the quotes) into the text box and click "Add"
6. Close and apply the changes.
7. Restart Skype.
8. ???
9. Profit!

That's the relatively easy way to block them though may leave a blank "placeholder" behind...

The more advanced bit is as follows:
With Skype completely closed (click quit on it's icon in system tray).

Go to:

%AppData%\Skype\
Click on the folder that is the same name as your Skype User name.
Open the config.xml in your fav txt editor and change this line:
<AdvertPlaceholder>1</AdvertPlaceholder>
Change the 1 to 0 (zero). Mark the file as read only.

Relaunch Skype. Ad gone. "

From a Skype community forum.

*** Has had some mixed results it seems though but may be worth a try.
Did see this but I was, as always, confused by it. I took the ad that this referred to as the static - ish Banner ad on the page which disappears, and stays disappeared, when making a call, this doesn't bother me much, if at all.

What is new, to me anyway, is the flash ad that appears from the RH side of the screen during a call. The ones I remember are an M & S one and a Wickes one. What happens is that you are happily chatting away on a video call and then an ad about a third width of the screen slides in from the rh side, stops there for a while and then disappears and the full screen size is restored. A few seconds later another ad appears and the whole cycle begins again, ad nauseaum. Very intrusive.

So I don't know if I want to start playing about with the idea that you have posted, especially as I'm very good at messing things up when doing things like this !! I want a one click magic bullet..... Well I can live in hope.

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Was having a look around for alternatives yesterday and a pop up from Skype appeared saying something like " We see you are looking for alternatives, have you found any answers - Yes/No ? "

Waiting to see if they'll now screw up my Skype account.....

Thought I'd got rid of all tracking cookies, obviously not. Seems that there is no hiding place on t'internet anymore, all very discouraging.
That's creepy.
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Do you use CCleaner at all? Or clear cookies (yes, not just browsers have cookies) from Skype or your browsers? I don't recall any adverts on mine but I generally use the Windows 8 "Modern App" version.
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That's creepy.
Yes indeed. Surprised and annoyed me.


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Do you use CCleaner at all? Or clear cookies (yes, not just browsers have cookies) from Skype or your browsers? I don't recall any adverts on mine but I generally use the Windows 8 "Modern App" version.
I have used CC in the past but not recently, may be worth giving it a go again.

I clicked on the " Clear Cookies " which then showed a box asking to confirm deletion of Skype Cookies which I said yes to and it accepted the click, and it then immediately went back to normal operation so not sure if it actually did anything, it all seemed too quick and gave no confirmation that anything had been done.

Yesterday I also did the W7 and Flash Player updates that I'd been putting off for a while but as expected that didn't do anything. I only found out yesterday that I'd inadvertently left Skype set to auto updates, which I don't usually do, so I'm thinking that all this occurred after a Skype update that I didn't know about. Currently on V 7.4.0.102

I thinking of going to a Restore Point at a time before all this happened, do you think that this might have any effect ?

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The only way of fixing this stuff properly is a proxy server, either local on your machine or separate as part of your firewall. No tracking, no ads. Going and using "normal" internet (as I am now) feels quite odd.
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The only way of fixing this stuff properly is a proxy server, either local on your machine or separate as part of your firewall. No tracking, no ads. Going and using "normal" internet (as I am now) feels quite odd.
Good advice but I think that's probably beyond my limited PC abilities, wouldn't know where to start.
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Nige,

If it's for talking with the US you could
set up a "real" US phone number under
Google voice and use Google Hangouts Dialler
to make and receive calls in the US....


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If it's for talking with the US you could
set up a "real" US phone number under
Google voice and use Google Hangouts Dialler
to make and receive calls in the US....


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Thanks Nev, that's an idea as I mainly use Skype to talk ( and see ) my daughter and family in the US. Also use it for my son out in Cyprus, currently mainly use a VOIP tel service for this as normal LL from UK to a Cy mobile is ridiculously expensive.

Shame about Skype, it was brilliant for my basic requirements but like everything else it's increasingly about money I s'pose. Mind you sometimes it's just change for changes sake, like your comment on another Thread about the BBC news site recent changes, now a total mess. Oh, and the BT Yahoo E Mail now a dogs dinner and another site not far removed from where we are right now !
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Well made a couple of long video calls on Skype recently and no ads during the calls........

I've done nothing here so have no idea what has changed since I last used it but now just hoping that it stays this way, fingers crossed.
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