Getting Rid of Those Yahoo! Messenger Ads

From http://www.benh.org/techblog/2006/07/no-more-ads-in-yahoo-messenger.html :

WARNING!  THIS IS AN UNTESTED REGISTRY EDIT!  DO NOT ATTEMPT IF YOU ARE NON-TECHNICAL, AND/OR HAVE NOT BACKED UP YOUR REGISTRY!

If you have installed the newest Yahoo Messenger 7.5 or Yahoo Messenger 8.0 beta you’ll notice a very annoying animated ad at the bottom of the main window, webcam & chatroom. I’m sure it’s hard to resist to Yahoo’s update dialogs. Here is a howto tutorial to remove ads in Yahoo Messenger 7.5 and higher.

Save the below code with .reg extension and double click the file.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Yahoo\Pager\YUrl]
"Messenger Ad"="*"
"Webcam Upload Ad"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad Bid"="*"
"Webcam Viewer Ad Medium"="*"
"Change Room Banner"="*"
"Conf Adurl"="*"
"Chat Adurl"="*"

or alternatively Open Regedit, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ Yahoo\pager\YUrl and create a new string value named Messenger Ad that has the value * (an asterisk). Similarly create the following keys and assign ‘*’ as the value.

Webcam Upload Ad
Webcam Viewer Ad
Webcam Viewer Ad Big
Webcam Viewer Ad Medium
Change Room Banner
Conf Adurl
Chat Adurl

Now you will not see ads anymore in your yahoo messenger.. 🙂

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11 Responses to “Getting Rid of Those Yahoo! Messenger Ads”

  1. Ben Says:

    I think you can take off the warning! I’ve tested and its working for me 🙂

  2. annon Says:

    the source link doesn’t work 😦

  3. John Says:

    Not working for me.
    Not sure why.

  4. steveportigal Says:

    they just updated Messenger and this doesn’t seem to work any longer?

  5. steveportigal Says:

    Ah. http://www.johntp.com/2006/06/04/how-to-remove-all-unwanted-yahoo-messenger-ads/ has some good links that worked for me at least.

  6. Mikie Says:

    well mother ****** this is ****** me off every time i go in to a yahoo chat room the ****** add is in the way…does anyone know how to turn that ****** **** off it bugs the **** out me…if you do email me

  7. Andrew Says:

    Mikie, you should try Adblock Plus (adblockplus.mozdev.org).

  8. Tim Says:

    Fuk Yahoo ads works well! http://www.d-e-s-t-r-u-c-t-i-o-n.com is there homepage they also got an arcade etc kool site. works on all messenger versions

  9. Hannah Says:

    How do I use Adblock to block the chatroom ads?

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