Removing skype ads to save bandwidth

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Removing skype ads to save bandwidth

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I wanted to tell you guys about a method I've been using for customers that have (or may temporarily have) a limited / measured internet connections.

Because skype ads are constantly refreshing, and thus, using bandwidth, I just add a couple of lines to the hosts file in order to block them.

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  127.0.0.1       apps.skype.com
  127.0.0.1       g.msn.com
Just in case someone is needing this...
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Re: Removing skype ads to save bandwidth

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Good info Fred!!
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Re: Removing skype ads to save bandwidth

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Been doing that for years. Never thought to share it though. Actually spybot S&D's "imunize" feature sets a ton of redirect to local directives in the hosts file. Your browser starts to slow down considerably after a few thousand entries though.
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Re: Removing skype ads to save bandwidth

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Not only the browsers slow down, Brink. Any program that accesses the internet. It's not good to set too many redirects in the hosts file.
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Re: Removing skype ads to save bandwidth

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I think Pi Hole works pretty well for blocking ads at the DNS level and it's cheap too
Jim

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