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#1 MariosX

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 17:37

Any possible way of making Metro UI apps ad-free?
Like blacklisting ads on hosts file like Android OS does?


#2 Eric

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 17:39

The MVP Hosts file does this.
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

#3 Xenon

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 17:41

I wonder why there are ads in the 1st place. It really does make Windows 8 seem terrible to me.

#4 Nashy

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 17:47

I wonder why there are ads in the 1st place. It really does make Windows 8 seem terrible to me.


It's in app ads though isn't it? Which is no different to any other mobile device now days.

#5 OP MariosX

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 17:50

Because free apps make money that way..

The MVP Hosts file does this.
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm


Is it safe to use? I mean yeah, you just replace your Windows hosts file with theirs and make your PC completely ad-free.
But, have they blacklisted anything except from ads?

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 18:56

tbh, and this is not promoting ads in an OS, I have only noticed them in the weather app all the way past the end of the app

Tell a lie, I remember seeing a Bing ad on something but I forget what now, but in general I haven't really been hit in the face with them or I would have tried to block them too

#7 Xenon

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 19:19

The music app is awful. Full of ads.

#8 Scorbing

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 19:21

That is another thing I hate about Windows 8. That is why its no longer on my PC.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 19:22

The music app is awful. Full of ads.


Ah, I never use it

#10 Max Norris

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 19:25

That is another thing I hate about Windows 8. That is why its no longer on my PC.

You know there's ad-based software in other versions of Windows too yea? It's the apps, not the operating system itself... Don't like ad-based freebies, get something that doesn't use them. Easy fix.

#11 ~Johnny

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 19:39

That is another thing I hate about Windows 8. That is why its no longer on my PC.


I don't seem to notice many ads here in the UK, if at all. For once I'm glad we don't get everything the US does :p

#12 Colin McGregor

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 19:45

Move to Canada. The ads only seem to affect Americans. My US friends have ads in their apps but I have yet to see one. They showed me screenshots and my apps don't have them.

The music app had one small ad but it was a link to sign up to xbox music. Once I sign in with my old zunepass account its gone and no ads.

#13 jakem1

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:04

It's in app ads though isn't it? Which is no different to any other mobile device now days.


I've never seen ads in first party apps before and don't see why they should appear in a product I've paid for.

#14 LUTZIFER

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:11

Best way to get rid of the ads: Install Windows 7.

lol!! Good one.

#15 Doli

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 23:38

The music app is awful. Full of ads.


The music app has one small ad box. The free music streaming has ads just like Spotify Free but are shorter than Spotify's ads.