Old 7th December 2007, 16:04   #1
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adverts in 5.5

I've just switched to winamp 5.5.

I've had it on my system for 5 minutes and the (flashing) adverts (from hell) are already driving me nuts.

Is there any way to get rid of them?
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Old 7th December 2007, 17:49   #2
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Flash banner or popup ads in Media Library (Dashboard, Now Playing, Online Services)
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?threadid=260083 <-- click!
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Old 7th December 2007, 18:32   #3
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sorry I should have been more specific...

adverts in the "dashboard" and "now playing".

Worst case I can just unstall the plugins and not use the features. but I'd rather just not have the advers.
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Old 7th December 2007, 19:53   #4
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Did you click the link?
The thread I linked to has the solution...

Dashboard, Now Playing, Online Services are just serverside embedded Internet Explorer pages. You can block ads using the hosts file or any ad blocker (the FAQ thread shows you how to do it by using the Hosts file method).
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Old 8th December 2007, 09:58   #5
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yer.

Seriously unhappy about having to hack winamp tho.

AOL are really screwing over what was once a good piece of software.
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Old 8th December 2007, 13:57   #6
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Hmm, you're not hacking Winamp...
You're blocking the ad servers in Internet Explorer (which is what Winamp uses for the embedded online pages) and all other browsers.
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Old 8th December 2007, 14:07   #7
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No. No... you didn't read everything in that that thread. If you would have then on page 2 of that thread, you would have also seen the reply by forums member "cyanideghost". That same solution was indicated in another "Community Guide" thread here...

Advertising in Winamp - REMOVE IT! - Guide by the community.

And the above thread is the one that I point people to, who are annoyed by the ads.

So... no, there is no "hacking" Winamp. You are editing the Windows hosts file to block the ad servers in all browsers (including Internet Explorer - which Winamp uses internally), as Egg also indicated directly above.

That particular hosts file edit works perfectly for me and will also probably do so for you.

Don't email or PM me concerning Winamp. Instead, either start a NEW TOPIC or post a REPLY in the appropriate thread in these forums. This will also benefit others who may have a similar question or problem. But before posting, please first Search the forums and read all FAQs and all Sticky threads.

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Old 10th December 2007, 17:46   #8
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while its not hacking winamp... it is a hack. (Perhapse I'm used to a different form of the word as a programmer).
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Old 11th December 2007, 07:41   #9
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while its not hacking winamp... it is a hack. (Perhapse I'm used to a different form of the word as a programmer).
It may not be classed as a hack, but the ads are annoying and you have to take action to stop them, which is a necessary evil. Heck, let the advertisers fund the software - and ignore their products (positively ignore) for good measure.

Mind you, if there was an opt-in button during install, guess how many people would choose 'yes'.
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