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How to Disable/Remove Banner Ads in Skype app for Windows?

The Skype app for Windows was updated and the new banner ads started appearing and the worse part is there’s no option in the Settings to disable it completely. The banner ads appears in the sidebar when ‘Compact Sidebar View’ is enabled and at the top in ‘Split Window View’. However the ad placement position does not bother much, but ad switching is something that’s sure to irritate your eyes. If you are annoyed of ads in Skype and wish to disable it, then here’s how you can do that.

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Skype for Windows – Before disable Banner Advertisement

Step 1: Go to Control Panel and launch Internet Options

Step 2: In Internet Options dialog, switch to Security tab and select Restricted sites

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Step 3: Click on Sites button

Step 4: In the Restricted Sites dialog, type https://apps.skype.com in ‘Add this website to the zone:’ text field and click Add button

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Step 5: Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.

Step 6: You need to restart the Skype app.

Note: Sometimes, you need to right-click on Skype icon from the task bar and click Quit.

Once the app is restarted, you’ll see an empty sidebar.

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Skype for Windows – After removing banner ads

Note: You’ll see a blank ad placeholders, if you want to completely remove the placeholders then here’s a tutorial to do that.

Wait, you may badly want to disable ads in uTorrent app and Android?

Updated on September 1, 2017

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  1. HI
    can we do this through domain server or group policy, i have 1000 system in my organisation and i want to block skype banner to all these systems. pls help me with this

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