Remove Ads in MSN Live Messenger

To completely remove the ads in MSN Live Messenger, download ResHacker and use it to open msgsres.dll (found in the Live Messenger install directory) after you create a backup.

Resource HackerTM is a freeware utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files.

Then, to remove the annoying flashing ads in the buddy-list window browse to 4004/923/ and find and edit the line
<Constrainer layoutpos=top ID=Atom(SSConstrainer) Layout=FillLayout()>
<Constrainer layoutpos=none ID=Atom(SSConstrainer) Layout=FillLayout()>

No Ads in Wondows Live Messenger

You can also just block these ads as in the previous post.

To remove the text links in the chat windows browse to 4004/920/ and change
element id=atom(adbannercont) layout=filllayout()
element id=atom(adbannercont) layoutpos=none layout=filllayout()

Update: This seems to no longer be working for the latest version of Messenger Live. If you have a solution please post it in the comments…


29 Responses to “Remove Ads in MSN Live Messenger”

  1. 1 bob April 10, 2008 at 13:27

    Nice work, took seconds and worked a charm.

  2. 2 J April 13, 2008 at 15:01

    Fantastic work!! Thanks!

  3. 3 Slide May 15, 2008 at 23:11

    Thanks. I hate ads for installed programs so much.

  4. 4 me May 22, 2008 at 08:46

    Excellent – works great – took less than 3 mins to do.

  5. 5 h0rnet June 4, 2008 at 04:53

    Nice, nice, very nice :p

  6. 6 Sachin Bhavsar June 26, 2008 at 00:19

    If you don’t want to install any ad-blocker program you can try this trick

    It works for me.

  7. 8 Meryl Woodlawn July 11, 2008 at 21:28

    Thanks a lot, annoying ads.

  8. 9 PAStheLoD September 1, 2008 at 05:49

    Wohoo, super useful, even works with skins via Messenger Plus! Live, one just needs to go into the msgplus folder (program files\messenger plus! live) then find the skin in the Skins folder, then UIFiles\Definitions\923 πŸ™‚

  9. 10 Dean Fredericks September 15, 2008 at 08:48

    Awesome!!! worked like a charm – and its very easy to do!!! I thought it would be hard with downloading the reshacker and all.. but its dead easy.

    Thanks a million!

  10. 11 seb September 15, 2008 at 20:58

    thanks a bunch!

  11. 12 Chris September 24, 2008 at 21:39

    Reghacker: nice tool..

  12. 13 Truth News October 8, 2008 at 16:27

    Nice Work. Finally something that does work as described ! Good news for me πŸ™‚

  13. 14 Kibbe January 27, 2009 at 18:54

    This does no longer work, the folders were removed in the latest version of Windows Live Messenger.

  14. 15 Peater February 19, 2009 at 00:50

    Wohoooo! Thanks a mill. Worked beautifully (and this is February 2009 so yes Kibbe it still works).

  15. 16 paul March 11, 2009 at 23:46

    this worked a couple months ago for me. now it doesn’t. can someone please upload their new modified msgsres.dll file with both of the modifications above?

  16. 17 paul March 11, 2009 at 23:46

    can you upload it to or some site and post it please? because now it won’t work for me and it makes me mad

  17. 18 Wander April 9, 2009 at 18:54

    Paul, here is the one I edited for live messenger 2008 (mine is 8.5.1302.1018), I don’t think it will work with the current 2009 version.

  18. 19 damn May 17, 2009 at 18:15

    unfortunately, using the latest version of messenger, there is no 4004 entry. m$ must be getting wise…

  19. 20 JoMan222 August 12, 2009 at 13:33

    Block MSN Messenger Ads? YES

    This torrent contais a BAT that removes msn ads

    Small and Beautifull, currently the bat is smaller than torrent!

  20. 21 TGrydgaard August 16, 2009 at 15:51


    “to remove the annoying flashing ads in the buddy-list window browse to 4004/923/ and find and edit the line


    this wont work on the newer builts of windows live 8.5… however… iv found a way to do it the those once too…

    with ResHacker… and in same file… go to 4005/923… find


    and add


    like this:


    that will remove the ad browser box from the boddy window

  21. 22 sandrar September 10, 2009 at 23:01

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. πŸ™‚ Cheers! Sandra. R.

  22. 23 2xsmanman September 16, 2009 at 04:19

    How about the wlm 14.0.8089.726, is there anyway to patch it too?


  23. 24 Boblebo November 9, 2009 at 16:38

    Was working great in previous version, but this morning I was forced to upgrade to the latest version: 2009, Build 14.0.8089.726.
    there no longer are adbanner or adbrowser fields.
    Unless someone find a new way to hack it, I think I’ll upgrade to pidgin ^^

  24. 25 Rab November 12, 2009 at 17:43

    If you cant delete the ads, block em’.

    Control Panel/Internet Options/Security/Restricted Sites/

    Click the ‘Sites’ button. Add ‘’ (no quotes)…close page.

    Start Live Messenger.

    Empty panel where ads used to be.

    Job done.

  25. 26 visitor March 7, 2010 at 12:01

    I just tryed Rab’s tric and it works

  26. 27 SarXes June 27, 2010 at 23:07

    Rab THX a lot … it was very useful πŸ˜€

  27. 28 YesBox December 29, 2010 at 17:52

    Rabs trick worked.
    To bad its only add who dissappear.. its white space now.

  28. 29 adnonscom February 5, 2018 at 13:06

    I am actually thankful to the holder of this site who has shared this enormous piece of writing at at
    this time.

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