Monday, September 25, 2006

Remove advertisements from Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice

To remove advertisements and other unwanted features from Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger, dowload A-Patch from here. You will be able to choose which features of Messenger to remove. By default none of the features will be removed, but during install, you will be provided with lists where you can choose.

Non-muslims (non-islams), just ignore the islam-related advertisements in
that website and the software you download. The use of the software does not
require you to convert to Islam religion at all! :P

For Yahoo! Messenger,
UPDATE: Disabling Ads in Yahoo! Messenger causes these features to malfunction: Yahoo! Chat, Plug-ins, IMVironments.
NOTE: If you use the Yahoo! Chat feature, add your favourite chat rooms to the favourite list. (Messenger > Yahoo! Chat > Favorite Rooms > Organize Favorites). Once you remove the ads you will not be able to access the full chat room list through "Messenger > Yahoo! Chat > Join a Room..." or "Organize Favorites", but you can still access your favorite rooms through the Favorite rooms list.

1. Open Notepad.
2. Copy and paste the following in Notepad.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\yahoo\pager\YUrl]
"First Login Beacon"="*"
"Messenger Help"="*"
"Voice General Help"="*"
"Change Room Banner"="*"
"Address Book"="*"
"Finance Disclaimer"="*"
"Messenger Ad"="*"
"Chat Adurl"="*"
"Calendar Alert Ad URL"="*"
"Conf Adurl"="*"
"Mail Alert Ad URL"="*"
"News Alert Ad URL"="*"
"Personals Alert Ad URL"="*"
"Stock Alert Ad URL"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad Medium"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad Big"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad"="*"
"Webcam Upload Ad"="*"
"Chat Transition Ad"="*"
"N2Phone Adurl"="*"
"Y Content"="*"

3. Click "File > Save As...".
4. Select a suitable folder to save in if required. Mostly this should be your Desktop.
5. Enter the file name as "yahoo.reg" or "something.reg" or "anything.reg". (The '.reg' part SHOULD be there.)
6. IMPORTANT: Choose "All Files" in the "Save as type:" box.
7. Click Save button.
8. Close Notepad and go to the folder where you saved it.
9. Double-click the file.
10. Click Yes. Then click OK.
11. Exit and restart Yahoo! Messenger.

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