Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th May 2016 10:37 UTC

Possibly the most despised feature of Windows 10 is advertisements. They show up in your apps list, lock screen, and even the Start Menu. Sadly, Microsoft plans to double the amount of Promoted Apps that you'll find hiding in the Start Menu when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is released this summer.

To be fair, this supposedly only applies to fresh installs of Windows 10 (though that is unconfirmed), but it just feels so dirty. Apple is already stuffing iOS full of ads and unremovable ads disguised as applications, and now Microsoft is making Windows 10 worse too. This is a horrible trend.

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Just edit your hosts file
by Odwalla on Tue 17th May 2016 15:35 UTC
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Edit your hosts file, either on your PC or on your router, to block the domain(s) used to send the ads. I did this on my router a number of years ago to block XBox 360 dashboard ads. It worked great and to date I have to see an ad on either my XBox One or my Win 10 PC Microsoft must have a limited number of domains they use for OS ad serving.

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