I posted this on Reddit, but I figured it deserved an entry to the blog as well. Here it is:
I wanted to say Adblock here, but since it isn’t a specific way to get adblock on the browser yet. I am here to offer an additional solution that I’m finding to be suitable for the time being.
It dawned on me that the hosts file could be used to block unwanted sites from displaying content by setting hosts to 0.0.0.0 in the hosts file at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc . It turns out I’m not alone in this. This site here provides an updated text file that can replace your hosts file.
I’m not affiliated with them in any way, more of just sharing my journey to block ads – a crucial reason I wasn’t using Microsoft Edge.
Here is the direct link to the txt file itself:
As always, hope this helps.
Hey all. While I am not an active user of Skype, one thing that has always somewhat bothered me about it’s recent use is advertisements in the application itself. While ads in general don’t really bother me, but when it impacts an experience or you hate ads and you just simply want them gone – here is a way to do that.
In Control Panel, head to Internet Options, Security tab. Click Restricted Sites and add https://apps.skype.com/ . This will block the ads from the application, but will leave a placeholder there in place. To remove this, head to file explorer and browse to C:\users\youruser\AppData\Roaming\Skype\yourskypeuser\config.xml . Open this in a text editor, find the line AdvertPlaceholder>1</AdvertPlaceholder> and delete it!
This is how you block ads in Skype and remove the placeholder for it as well!