Blocking Ads in Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger uses the add site rad.msn.com to show their ads. By changing the the ip address to a non existent site for this website, it will prevent the ads from showing in Windows Live Messenger.

To do this go to:

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

Right Click on “Hosts” > Open > choose “Notepad”

Scroll to the bottom of Host and add

0.0.0.0      rad.msn.com

right below the last line so it looks like

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#    127.0.0.1       localhost
#    ::1             localhost
0.0.0.0      rad.msn.com

Then save, close out of notepad, and restart msn.

And there you go no more ads! (Note, the box doesn’t go away just instead it show a generic windows live picture thats unclickable.)

Reference and Thanks to : http://www.groovypost.com/howto/microsoft/how-to-remove-ads-from-windows-live-messenger-2011/

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