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Friday, July 10, 2009

5 simple steps for getting rid of Live Messenger Ads

A coworker of mine was just complaining about the annoying ads in Live Messenger – here’s how to fix it

  1. Close Live Messenger and all IE instances
  2. Open your hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) with Notepad
  3. Add the following line (this redirects requests for the MSN ad server to your local computer)
    127.0.0.1     rad.msn.com     #Live messenger ads
  4. Save your hosts file
  5. Restart Messenger

That’s it – no more ads

Should you ever want the ads back, or need access to rad.msn.com for some reason, simply remove the line (or comment out the line with a leading #)

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