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How To Block Windows 10 Solitaire Ads

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Cortana and the Start menu revamp might have garnered a lot of publicity for Windows 10, but it’s the little things about the update that make it so perfect for daily use. Be it the amazingly cool Hero wallpaper, or Windows 10’s ability to offer default maps offline, you are sure to consider the update a major improvement over its predecessor. Microsoft might not have planned for the reintroduction of Solitaire in Windows 10 to become a major talking point, but it did come under a lot of scrutiny for all the wrong reasons. Windows 10 Solitaire ads have become controversial ever since Windows 10’s launch. In case you don’t know, users have to purchase a subscription to get rid of Windows 10 Solitaire ads. If you really don’t want to spend money on a default time-killer though, there is a way to remove these ads for free.

If you were anticipating a way to hack Windows 10’s in-app purchase system, you will be sorely disappointed. To block Windows 10 Solitaire ads, you just need to know which line to alter in some system files on your computer. Basically, by changing the DNS address of Solitaire, you are creating an indigenous Ad-blocker specifically for the game. Here is what needs to be done.

Windows 10 Solitaire Ads Removal

Changing DNS Details To Block Windows 10 Solitaire Ads

  1. A bit surprisingly, the method starts with the user opening Notepad. Just make sure you are doing so after signing in to your system’s administrator account.
  2. From the top bar in Notepad, click the ‘File’ option.
  3. Assuming that your Windows is installed in ‘C’ drive, go to the following path after hitting the ‘Open’ button.
    C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    If your system drive is not C, just replace C with your drive name.
  4. Make your way to the bottom of this file. At the end, add the following line without making changes to any other data.
    127.0.0.1 mobileads.msn.com
  5. Press CTRL+S to save the changes.
  6. Restart Solitaire.

Windows 10 Solitaire ads should now be disabled. You will still see the area where the ads are usually displayed, but at least you won’t have to suffer the annoyance of accidentally clicking any ads whenever your game gets exciting.

  • HelenCA

    Hi – this looked a great way to get rid of those irritating ads (could they not at least make the tune less ghastly!!) but when I tried to follow the instructions, my “etc” folder is empty. I only have one account on my PC as only I use it, and the account settings say I am Administrator, so where am I going wrong please – any ideas? Thanks, Helen

    • gary arenas

      Type the notepad in start menu right click on it and select “Run as administrator”, now open the file and save. It works perfectly for me, hope this helps 🙂

  • gary arenas

    thanks works perfect

  • Michelle Hutton

    Worked perfectly, thank you!

  • The Robot Devil

    Doesn’t seem to work anymore. I just tried it, and even did it in both my normal account, and via the hidden Admin account, and it still shows ads.

  • Jennifer Coggburn-Smith

    how can i remove ads from simple mahjong? the game is barely playable with ads. Thanks for help!!