How to disable Skype ads on Home menu and chat windows

By: Andrew Wafer
2 minute read
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Are you tired of seeing Skype ads everywhere? If you want to get rid or remove the Skype ads that are being displayed in home menu and also in the chat window, follow the steps from below and learn how to use a “clean” Skype app and environment.

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The latest versions of Skype are bringing annoying ads that are being displayed not only in the home menu but also on the chat windows which can be stressful for all of us. Due to same reasons I even heard users who are uninstalling Skype from their Windows 10, 8 and Windows 8.1 devices. Anyway, if you are tired of these ads, then you should learn how to disable it as there is an easy method that can be applied on that matter. This procedure can be performed on any Windows system, so the steps from below are also compatible with Windows 10, 8 and Windows 8.1 devices.

How to block Skype ads on PC

1. Use Control Panel

  1. First, on your Windows 10, 8 device open Control Panel.
  2. You can access Control Panel by pressing Win+R and by searching for “control”; click on “ok” and then run Control Panel. Also you can just search for Control Panel by using the Windows Search feature – just type the word “control” on the search box and choose Control Panel from the list that will be displayed.
  3. From Control Panel select Network and Internet (Network and Sharing Center)win 8 control panel
  4. From the window that will be displayed tap on the “security” tab.
  5. Then, from the first box click on “restricted sites”.
  6. Up next, tap on the “sites” button.internet properties
  7. A dialog box dubbed as “restricted sites” should be now displayed.
  8. In the same dialog box type https://apps.skype.com/.remove skype ad
  9. Save your changes and close Control Panel.
  10. Now just restart Skype and enjoy the ads-free program. Instead of the annoying ads, you should now see an empty placeholder.

Speaking of blocking ads, you can also block them on your browser as well. There are many browser extensions that allow you to disable ads and enjoy a smooth browsing experience. Here are some examples of such extensions:

Perfect; you now know how to remove Skype ads from home menu and chat window. Remember that this method can be applied on any Window system, so you can anytime try it on your own Windows 10, 8 and Windows 8.1 device.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April  2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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