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How to disable ads in Skype 6

If you are annoyed by Skype ads during the chat or during a call, there is a brilliant solution for you. It does not require files to be patched or modification of the operating system or even administrator rights. We can disable ads with a simple and native way. Let's discover the trick!

Skype 6 shows ads based on the language of the user interface you use. Let's 'fool' it with some custom language so Skype will not be able to to find ads for it. Follow these simple steps to get rid of ads:

  1. Open Skype's main window and select Tools -> Change Language -> Edit Skype Language FileSkype Edit Language File
  2. The Language file editor window will appear on the screen:
    Skype Language file editorClick the 'Save as...' button here and save the current language into any file on your hard drive, for example, C:\My Folder\My Skype Language.lang.
    You need not change anything in the language strings.
    Save Skype Language
  3.  Open the Skype Language file editor once again and click the "Load" button:
    Skype Language file editor Load languageBrowse for the file which you have created in the previous step and click "Apply".

That's it! Restart Skype and forget about ads.

This trick has been successfully tested for all 6.x versions of Skype including the current one, 6.10. Please let us know if it works for you or not.

Update: The most recent version of Skype prevents this trick from working. See this article instead for a different method.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

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24 thoughts on “How to disable ads in Skype 6”

  1. I tried this on three different machines with Skype 6.11 and it didn’t work.
    I found another way to disable ads, that worked for me, here: http://superuser.com/a/598250/268979

    Put this in your hosts file:
    127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com

        1. Do not forget to load your ‘new’ language after you saved it. Who knows, maybe it works not for all or depends on some country/regional settings. For me, it works properly on every my PC. No ads at all.

    1. What is described here – didn’t help me (Windows 7 x32, Skype 6.11.66.102).
      This trick with the hosts file has helped. Thank you.

  2. I have tried the steps above many times! even changing the language string on notepad to something that doesn’t say “English” and I still get ads… sigh

    this is on the skype 6.11 and up to date windows 7

  3. If this solution doesn’t work for you (it didn’t work for me) then check this solution out:

    http://community.skype.com/t5/Windows-desktop-client/Blank-tab-above-the-nickname-of-the-chatwindow/td-p/2082367

    Also read this helpful post: http://www.kgk.gr/2014/01/29/skype-ads/

  4. Skype version 6.13.0.104, trick with the hosts file works!

    Put in the hosts file C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
    #Skype Ads block start
    127.0.0.1 a.ads2.msads.net
    127.0.0.1 ac3.msn.com
    127.0.0.1 ad-emea.doubleclick.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 b.ads2.msads.net
    127.0.0.1 cdn.adnxs.com
    127.0.0.1 cdn.atdmt.com
    127.0.0.1 ec.atdmt.com
    127.0.0.1 g.msn.com
    127.0.0.1 live.rads.msn.com
    127.0.0.1 msntest.serving-sys.com
    127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com
    127.0.0.1 secure.flashtalking.com
    127.0.0.1 secure.img-cdn.mediaplex.com
    127.0.0.1 sO.2mdn.net
    127.0.0.1 static.2mdn.net
    #Skype Ads block end

    P.S: Don’t forget after that to put “Read-Only” mark to hosts file ;)

  5. @Chiki-Briki : not sufficient, my Skype can show this ADS: http://hub.gfsolone.com/repo/up/d1a824318f1a26a847c4b7470957b715.png :-(

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