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Novel Adventurer

If like me you are sick of skype spamming you with constant ads try this out.


Unfortunately the forum won't let me add images.


For all windows versions XP and above type in your computers address bar




This will drop you into a directory with several files, one being called HOSTS.


Open the hosts file with notepad and you will be presented with a bulk of text starting with # marks.


Now after all the # marks add to the bottom of that file the following line   


Now that is added it should refrence skypes ad server back to your local host no longer plaguing you with unwanted ad spam.

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Former Ambassador

Interesting idea but it doesn't work here.  However, there is a solution that does work (at least for now).  It's discussed here:


Look for Primemover's post outlining the specific steps. 


Please note: I do not respond to requests for help via Private Message.
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Novel Adventurer

Hmm it might be location based.


I am in the UK so it is probably a local server for our ads


if people from other countries want to run a netstat -a and post  the results i might be able to identify the ad servers from there

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Novel Tourist
any solutions for mac users?
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Casual Adventurer

host file additions do  work, but problem is you need to add strings to host file list, you need to right click the advert , look at the flash player setting, to get the address of the adverts origen, then add these to host file list, a free app to do this is at funky toad, the current list that works is   

add these and no more adverts, but as they add more adverts, just right click flash object get its source and add to your host file list

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Casual Adventurer

Bit more complicated for a mac , but can be done using previous list of addressess


Editing the hosts file

Editing the hosts file in Mac OS X

1 – Open the

By starting to type in Terminal on the Spotlight, or by going into Applications >> Utilities >> Terminal.

2 – Open the hosts file

Open the hosts by typing on the Terminal that you have opened:

$ sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

Type your user password when prompted.

 3 – Edit the hosts file

Hosts file contains some comments (lines starting with the # symbol), as well as some default hostname mappings (example – localhost).
Append your new mappings underneath the default ones,
You can navigate the file using the arrow keys.

 4 – Save the hosts file

When done editing the hosts file, press control-o to save the file.
Press enter on the filename prompt, and control-x to exit the editor.

5 – Flush the DNS cache

With Leopard OS you can issue a simple Terminal command to flush the DNS cache, and have your host file changes to take immediate effect:

$ dscacheutil -flushcache

You can now test

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Casual Adventurer

I.E.  Using an app, several others are avaliable online free for windows , just use google, host file editor


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Casual Adventurer

Oops they sneeked another in   

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Casual Adventurer

and they sneeeked another in , seems one a week maybe ?   

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Novel Tourist

bretislavovic wrote:

any solution for mac users?

yes, buy yourself proper machine and bin Your expensive piece of sh*t.


Well, you heared the man. Go and buy another MacBook pro and a bin. I guess he means for you to place the bin in a corner while enjoying a good computer?


The English was that poor, I could not understand him or her....


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