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How to Remove Ads From Skype

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Lately I’ve been seeing some issues with the ads within Skype causing large CPU utilization. In some cases grinding windows machines to a halt.

This is a quick fix to remove them both on Windows and Mac machines.

Add the following entries to your hosts file:

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127.0.0.1     rad.msn.com
127.0.0.1     g.msn.com
127.0.0.1     live.rads.msn.com
127.0.0.1     ads1.msn.com
127.0.0.1     static.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1     ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1     a.ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1     b.ads2.msads.net
127.0.0.1     ad.doubleclick.net
127.0.0.1     ac3.msn.com
127.0.0.1     ec.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1     msntest.serving-sys.com
127.0.0.1     sO.2mdn.net
127.0.0.1     aka-cdn-ns.adtech.de
127.0.0.1     secure.flashtalking.com
127.0.0.1     cdn.atdmt.com
127.0.0.1     apps.skype.com

Windows host file location

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c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

Mac host file location

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/etc/hosts

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