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How to Remove/Disable Banners & Advertisements on Skype

Want to remove those annoying banners/advertisements in Skype? then read this simple tutorial on how easy to disable those ads…


Lets Get Started

Open up your Skype and login, go to Tools > Options


Next, click Notifications > Alerts & Messages, and then Uncheck Promotions


after that click the Save button, Logout from Skype and Exit from Taskbar right-click Skype icon then choose Quit Skype or Quit Skype via System Tray icons.


Now, Open your Skype and Login. Enjoy your Skype without banners or ads.

Update: Another way to remove those annoying ADS on your skype is to rename your default language file, this method goes credits to conoroneill

Just go to Tools > Change Language and from the bottom of choices click the down arrow until you see Edit Skype Language File

Other Way To Remove ADS on Skype

from the dialogue window, click Save As button then choose a folder location you want to save it to, We prefer to save it to Skype’s default install folder “C:Program FilesSkypePhone” or any folder you want and name it to any name you would like, e.g. NoSkypeAds.lang then Open the language file you saved using any text editor like notepad, now look for the line like in the image below;

Edit Skype Language File

Now, change English to any Text you want, in our example let’s change it to; NoSkypeAds
It is recommended to change the language to the same name of our file how you save it. We name the language file to NoSkypeAds.lang so we have to name it also NoSkypeAds in s_LANGUAGE_NAME= … Did you get it? 😉

We are all done here, Save it and back in your Skype app, load your new defined language we edited, then enjoy skype with no ads.

No Skype Ads Tips

That’s all there is to it. Hope this may help you and please don’t hesitate to share this to your friends who is using skype and annoyed by those ads. Thank you.
Don’t forget to keep your Skype up-to-date with the latest stable release.

17 Replies to “How to Remove/Disable Banners & Advertisements on Skype”

  1. BordorFox

    skype abides by the hosts file, it will not open them if they can’t be resolved, I don’t use yahoo anymore so i have built an app to load many types of hosts file advert lists and let you set them and called it Ad destroy…again, see

  2. yet

    Can u give us a screenshots?

  3. Cryo

    this method doesn’t work to get rid of the banners above the Skype contact that i’m currently Instant messaging view image below this DRIVES ME CRAZY HOW DO I GET RID OF IT

  4. BordorFox

  5. Karl

    Also keep in mind that after every update for skype you’ll have to redo this steps as the language files being updated. I followed this guide a few weeks ago with that current skype installation and then I quit using the program for a while, then I updated to a newer version so the NoAd tweak was gone and had to redo it..

  6. Dark

    Nice, man! So simple, so brilliant.

  7. AbdulBasit Makrani

    Thanks for the tip. This really worked in disabling the ads.

  8. nik

    really useful

  9. klad

    Tried editing the config.xml and creating a custom language file. Does not work for me.

  10. Shrdlu

    It doesn’t work.

  11. yet

    Hi.. Thank you for your feedback.
    It is more likely it doesn’t work on latest build.
    But on my part I dont have problem, I do have latest build and I dont see any AD or banner in using skype with this method.
    I have some questions for you, so maybe I can help you.
    Which part you see ads?
    What OS are you using?

  12. yet

    looks like a very useful tips. thanks for sharing it to us, really appreciated your contribution and time for dropping it here…

  13. SWW13

    thx works great 🙂
    btw: to disable the ads in “skype home”, you can simply turn off flash in IE if you use another browser 😉

  14. Kathlos

    A have some issues here.
    1st thx and the below contacts spam has stopped
    2nd the ad beside contact during call still persists

  15. yet

    Thanks for that confirmation. We appreciated it.

  16. Victor Tan Jiun Hong

    Still working for skype latest version on this date. 2/10/12