In Skype 6.10, Microsoft implemented a very annoying feature in Skype: banner ads. This tutorial will show you how to disable them.
1) Disable promotions
Promotions are little banners that show in the lower left corner of Skype window, under contacts list. You can turn them off or on at any time.
Step 1. Go to Tools -> Options -> Notifications.
Step 2. Click Alert & Messages and uncheck Help and Skype tips and Promotions.
Step 3. Restart Skype.
That’s it! There is nothing more to do to disable promotions. Enjoy more contact list space!
2) Disable ads
There are 3 ways to disable them: via Internet Options in Windows, by changing hosts file and by changing Skype language file. First way works only for Windows, while the second and third work for all systems.
Keep in mind that that you won’t be able to use Skype Updater or access skype.com if you change your hosts or disable sites via Internet Options.
1) Via Internet Options
If you are using Windows 7, open Start menu from the task bar and type Internet options in the search box, then find it on the list and click it. If you are using Windows XP, follow this article to open it.
Step 1. Open Internet Options windows.
Step 2. Switch to Security tab and click Restricted sites.
Step 3. Click Sites button.
Step 4. Add these 2 addresses:
Step 5. Close all Internet Options windows and restart Skype.
2) By changing the hosts file
Step 1. Open hosts file from %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\.
Step 2. Add the following lines to the end of the file: