How to Remove/Block Skype Ads? [Working]


Do you want to remove ads from Skype? Advertisements are more irritating than a salesman. While you open the Skype app to make a call, you will surely face a hang or it will work slower to load the app completely for the first time.

This is caused by the ads on Skype.

Skype Used For:

Skype is mostly used for video calling, although it has been used for the business phone system, cloud PBX, etc.

Unfortunately, there are no options available on your Skype to turn off these annoying ads. Skype software developers would not do anything on this as it is their revenue source.

But, we will show you the easy process to remove ads placeholder from Skype completely.

How does this work?…

Skype is a very famous application where you can easily send lots of free messages and make free calls to your friends and family. We also use it for our business and personal purpose. It worked nicely over time but the advertisements made this app heavy and more Data consuming.

Skype is a very simple and user-friendly software. When you are typing or chatting with your friend, ads take a significant portion in that area. So, typically it creates an embarrassing situation.

The Best part here…

If you want to get rid of those ads then this content will surely do all of that easily on your Windows PC.

Bonus: I will share with you multiple ways to block those ads. There are two ways I have revealed in this article.


How to Block Skype Ads Permanently?

Just follow the step-by-step guide below to easily block annoying Ads in Skype–

1. Open Control Panel

Open Control Panel

At first, go to your Control Panel through “My Computer”.

2. View by Category Mode

View by Category Mode


After entering into the control panel, click on ‘Network and Internet’ in view by Category mode.

3. Click on Network and Sharing Center


Then click on Network and Sharing Center.

4. Click on Internet Options

Click on Internet Options


After clicking on Network and Sharing Center, a new page will open. Click on Internet Options which you will find on the left side.

5. Click on Security Tab

Click on Security Tab


Then a new dialogue box will appear in front of you and then click on the “Security” tab.

6. Press on Sites

click Sites


After clicking on the security bar then click on “Restricted sites” and next press on “Sites”.

7.  Type & Click on Add & Click on Add

After clicking on the site button, just type in the box and click on the Add button.

8. Click Close Button



After clicking on the add button, you can see that Skype URL added into the box below.

Next, click on the close button and then click OK. After that, you have to ‘restart’ your Skype so that your changes take effect on an advertisement. Once you saved your settings, you would not see any ads on your Skype home screen.

The best part?… You should know this:

If you have just updated your Skype then you may have to take some extra steps to block ads completely on your Skype.

Because when you upgrade your Skype application, your application is updated to their new program. So, for this, you have to do some extra activities which are shown in ‘Method 2’.

Remove Skype Ads Placeholder in Latest Version

If the above method does not work, this will help you for sure. Just follow the steps one by one to get your problem solved for ads–

1. Go to Help Menu

Remove Skype Ads in Latest Version 1


At first, make sure that your Skype application has the latest version. To check, you have to go to the “Help” menu and then click on “Check for Updates”. If you have the latest version of Skype then you will see a message like “You already have the latest version of Skype”.

2. Select “Show Hidden Files, Folders or Drives” from View Section

Go to the My Computer window and click on the “Organize” button which is shown on the top of the left side. Then click on “Folder Option”. Then there will come a new window, just click on View. Next tick the “Show Hidden Files, Folders or Drives”. Then just click on the OK button to save the settings.

3. Edit config.XML File

Remove Skype Ads in Latest Version 2


After saving that setting you have to go to My Computer and enter into the C Drive. Then click on users. Here you will find your username, just click on it and then click on “App Data”. Next, click on Roaming and here you will find Skype, just click on it.

After clicking on Skype, you can see your Skype username and then click on it. Here you will see the “config.XML” file.

Right-click on it and choose the Edit option. Here it will come to a new window.

Then press Ctrl+F and type <AdvertPlaceholder> into the box to find that line and click on find next, then delete the entire line. Then press the cancel button to save the settings.

QUICK TIPS: Go to this way and you will find it easily- C:users[Your User Name]App DataRoamingSkype[Your Skype Username].

4. Mark Read Only

Remove Skype Ads in Latest Version 3


Then right-click on the “Config.xml” and choose Properties option and mark Read-only. Then press OK to save your entire settings.

5. Restart Your Skype

Then restart your Skype and now you can chat and make video calls without any banner ads on Skype. So this is how you can do this. I hope you got the idea!

The bonus:

How to Update your Skype?

If you want to update your Skype then you can easily do it by few simple steps. Just follow these steps below—

1. Click help

Simply click on the “Help” menu which is showing on top of Skype.

2. Click on Check for Updates

update skype

After clicking on the Help menu, you will find “Check for Updates”. Then click on it.

Note: After clicking there, your Skype application will take updates automatically, you don’t have to do anything further and you can enjoy the latest & ads free Skype for the best.

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