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I just discovered the safest and effective way to block Yahoo Messenger Ads for ANY VERSION. UPDATE: This still works for version 9.0.02162!

- NO need to edit the registry.
- NO need for EXE Patches that has Trojans.
- ALL YOU NEED is Notepad.

Block Ads By Blocking the Ad Server:

1. Open Notepad.
(In Vista/Win7, Run Notepad as an Administrator)

2. Open the following file:

3. Add the following line at the end of the text file:

What to do if Yahoo Changes Their Ad Server

I tested this since Yahoo Messenger BETA. It worked.

This is because all ads come from "", which is the Ad Server.

Now, when you notice the ads coming back, it means Yahoo changed their Ad Server. To block them again:

1. Explore C:Program FilesYahoo!MessengerCache

2. Open urls.xml

3. Internet Explorer will display the XML file.
From there you can see lines similar to these:

href="…" id="Messenger Ad"
href="…" id="Messenger Idle Ad"

In this case, the Ad Server Address is ""
If it's not, copy the new Ad Server Address,
and update the "hosts" file.

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alitzy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Works just fine for me. Thanks a bunch for this! I always forget the link and I barely found it this time.
thenonhacker Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Glad to help! :D
davidt635 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Hy there, how can I remove The Yahoo Web Search from the bottom !

alitzy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Messenger> Show/ Hide > Yahoo Search Bar.
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BigJim45 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Thanks for posting this. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be working for me in Canada. It blocks ads some of the time - alternates between ads and (~30 sec) of white space. Any ideas?
thenonhacker Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Nope, sorry
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