Remove Annoying Ads from Windows Live Messenger (WLM) using A-Patch

DISCLAIMER: We do not recommend disabling advertisements from 3rd party software. This tutorial was created as per readers requests.

Do you use Windows Live Messenger (WLM) to chat with your friends but don't like the annoying ads?

A-Patch is a free and lightweight program designed to enhance your Windows Live Messenger experience. It allows you to customize the look and feel of Windows Live Messenger, even change some functions.

Some of the options include the ability to remove the big advertisement located on the contact list. Another option would be to disable the nudge delay timer, allowing you to send consecutive nudges without having to wait a few seconds in between. Other useful options include removing buttons such as "Activities", "Windows Live Today", and dozens of others buttons, multi-msn, show idle status of other users, and so on.


A-Patch has over 80 options for you to play with which might seem a bit daunting for new users, which is exactly why it comes with a built-in preview window. Basically, you can preview the changes of nearly every option before actually applying it, it really couldn't be easier.


  • Added: Compatibility for Windows Live Messenger Wave 4
  • Feature: Remove advertisement from main window
  • Feature: Remove text advertisement in the IM window
  • Feature: Polygamy - open more than one Messenger at once
  • Feature: Remove the "See More Offerings" items in the file menus
  • Feature: Remove "Featured" section from the Emoticons "more" dialog box

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  • There is also an option to have UNLIMITED NUDGES!!!

  • Now this is what I was waiting for. Similar to AIM Ad Hack!

  • Is it safe to use this patch to remove ads...?

    Once I patched Messenger, Kaspersky shows message to include patched messenger.exe in SafeList. (Just because the executable loses its digital signature)

  • VG

    ^^ Its absolutely safe. Just like patching uxtheme.dll to allow unsigned 3rd party themes.

  • Norton Internet Security 2010 quarantined the patched file saying that the msnmsgr.exe is behaving suspiciously. Removed the registry entry also. I had to reinstall to get it working again.

    Also I heard its one time patch per system. Is it true? How does that work?

  • VG

    ^^ It might be false positive from Norton.

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