Removing advertisement banners in Skype
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Purifier

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Removing advertisement banners in Skype prior to version 8.

Disclaimers

In addition to the lack of warranty as this software is distributed, the use of this software may lead to violation of the Skype Term of Use and/or any other agreement that you have agreed with Skype Inc. or Microsoft Inc. Please be aware of that you are at your own risk.

Introduction

Advertisement banners embedded in Skype are ugly and sometimes steal input focus while we type. Purifier is a launcher bringing a clean Skype back to you. It requires no installation nor modification of system files. Just run it and everything will be cool.

Instructions for Use

  1. Exit running Skype and make sure it disappeared in the list of Task Manager.
  2. Run Purifier.
  3. Done.

Building the Code

The solution file and project files in this repository are maintained with Visual Studio 2017 (get one for free at https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/community/). Support of various features in C++17 and the function attribute __declspec(naked) are required if you are building with other compilers. Please also note that Purifier uses DLL injection as its core mechanism and Skype is still built as 32-bit application, so there's no reason to build a 64-bit version of Purifier.

Notes on Anti-Virus Software

Some ill-developed anti-virus software may report Purifier as malware. Please do not panic. You can either add Purifier into the exception list of your AV (if you trust this software) or submit a report in the Issues page.

Copyright

Copyright (C) 2011-2018 Mifan Bang https://debug.tw.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.