Block Ads in MSN Live Messenger

To block the ads in the buddy list window of MSN Live Messenger:

  1. Go to the Control Panel
  2. Double-click on Internet Options
  3. Select the Security tab and click on Restricted sites
  4. Click on the Sites button below and add to the zone. Click on Close and the ads should disappear.

Block Ads in MSN Live Messenger

Alternatively, you can completely remove the ad elements.


78 Responses to “Block Ads in MSN Live Messenger”

  1. 1 Leroy April 1, 2008 at 04:37

    Thank you, better than getting specialist programs, just block the sucker at source, you’re a genius. 🙂

  2. 3 Anonymous May 16, 2008 at 16:35

    VERY clever

  3. 4 Anonymous coward May 17, 2008 at 05:28

    Excellent, pure genius!

  4. 5 Anonymous May 26, 2008 at 04:44

    I love you. ❤

  5. 6 PeterSonic June 18, 2008 at 01:27

    or use HOSTS file,In XP and Vista, it is normally located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc

    open it with Notepad or any other text editor
    add the following lines to the bottom of your HOSTS file:

    # Windows Live Messenger ad servers

  6. 7 Phiber_Optik July 1, 2008 at 09:03

    I wouldn’t add.. the hosts file as it will open up all the ad servers

    Add this instead..



  7. 8 tim September 6, 2008 at 20:09

    Would it not be easier just to add all those sites to the restricted sites?

  8. 9 Kristian Risager Larsen October 14, 2008 at 04:05

    Tim: It’s a question about tastes. If you do it in the hosts-file, you can easily copy the hosts-file to another computer – it’ll take a little more time using the restricted sites in Internet Explorer. Besides that, if you do it the hosts-file way, the ad servers will be blocked for ALL programs (even Firefox, however, it’s nicer to use Adblock Plus 🙂

  9. 12 Addz November 4, 2008 at 11:46

    This is incredebly smart, should get the nobel price for this :O 😉

  10. 13 Anonymous November 13, 2008 at 07:25

    brilliant , thank you !

  11. 14 asi January 27, 2009 at 04:05

    smart, brilliant.
    thanks a lot.

  12. 15 topspin April 8, 2009 at 18:30

    This only works partially. Some ads are still getting through. Does anyone have the full list of msn ad servers that need to be blocked? I’m thinking microsoft is bouncing their ads off of other servers to avoid being blocked.

  13. 16 TF April 9, 2009 at 00:08

    Sweet! Thanks.

  14. 17 Ernst April 22, 2009 at 04:23

    God bless u

  15. 18 Anonymous May 14, 2009 at 21:44

    Cheers for this!

  16. 19 Lurker May 24, 2009 at 01:34

    Thanks for this.
    Really helpful.

  17. 20 Sammyboy June 12, 2009 at 12:05

    very good tip, thank you!!
    the ads were a real pain in the ass

  18. 21 blogidy blogblog September 15, 2009 at 20:40

    I had to do a few extra things to block all the adds, if you check out my blog its there and how you can find new adservers if they ever change them..

  19. 22 Someone Very happy now! :D September 30, 2009 at 14:20

    It worked perfectly!

    You are a genius!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for share it with everyone!!!!

  20. 23 Billy Fung November 6, 2009 at 03:37

    WOW…You are very smart!

  21. 24 :) November 12, 2009 at 19:53

    Thank god for that!! thanks very much!!

  22. 25 pesky messenger ads December 7, 2009 at 21:40

    cheers philber ….yeah the

    worked for me tha pesky ads grr

  23. 26 Mark Peters February 12, 2010 at 18:25

    Thanks very much, sorted!

  24. 27 thatdudeoverthere April 5, 2010 at 18:09

    brilliant! wish i found this sooner! it was annoying the hell outta me :\

  25. 28 Mark April 29, 2010 at 18:00

    works like a charm, thanks!

  26. 29 Taemojitsu May 13, 2010 at 06:56

    Thank you, it worked for me! At least the main window ads, still trying to figure out how to make the text ads in conversation windows go away.

  27. 30 Taemojitsu May 13, 2010 at 08:10

    *Update: I couldn’t get the text ads to go away via either putting them in Restricted sites or even in the hosts file. In the end I had to block them on my router, which is very easy to do if you install Tomato firmware on your router. See this thread for how to use your router to block MSN Live Messenger ads:

    Since this blocks ads on all computers connected thru the router, and you can even add scripts to auto-update a blocklist for thousands of ad-related websites (similar to Adblock but for all applications instead of just firefox!), and since a router is usually very helpful with NAT as a shield, it may be worth using one that can run Tomato or other firmware that can filter websites.

  28. 31 Carl June 14, 2010 at 18:07

    Thank you so much 😀

  29. 34 Avenger December 5, 2010 at 17:05

    Still very useful information. Thanks for your publication.

    That freaky ads drove me mad when I wanted to move the mouse to one of the system tray icons (as I use MSN in the right as a tall bar), it very often raised that big ads that show up on mouse over. That’s really annoying in any circumstance, it should have at least a 1-2 second timeout before opening the ad.

    I wonder next they will make a page on the browser open ‘on mouse over’. Screw them.

    About the other solution with ‘hosts’ file change, I am sure leaving them all will block effectively as the ads will be attempted from your own host, which normally does not listen on port 80, thus a page load error will happen quickly. Although technically are differences, purpose speaking there is no difference on using or… as well as listing them on the restricted sites. Although the hosts solution is a matter of taste, the post from Phiber_Optic blamed a correct solution for no reason.

    • 35 Anonymous November 11, 2012 at 14:53

      I’m pretty sure that is better simply because there is no chance of a delay as opposed to where if you had a web server operating it would clog up your server with useless requests, even if you do not run a server is still faster as the connection to would terminate a lot quicker than the timeout from trying to connect to

  30. 36 Spenk December 20, 2010 at 06:59 will not solve it of you have Tor or some server installed. With Tor enabled, they will go through there and be solved which is somewhat tricky but useless and a bit stupid. You still get ads but served through proxies just like everything else.

    I guess is better, you see, there is a difference since is your default localhost.

    Now although I’m not a Chinese in prison, I want my Nobel mambo jambo propaganda fake prize for this one ! And the million.

  31. 38 Anonymous August 11, 2011 at 15:25

    you are my new hero!

  32. 39 Anonymous January 3, 2012 at 17:01

    thnx for the smart and smooth tip!!

  33. 40 Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 04:58

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  34. 41 Anonymous August 27, 2012 at 07:40

    Thank you so much!

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