How To Get Rid Of Those Annoying XBLA Ads

Among the worst things about the XBLA interface – perhaps even worse than the fact that the new one is basically daring you not to waste your money on Kinect – is the dashboard ads that have started popping up. Lame. Luckily, Reddit to the rescue. Redditer Absurdlyobfuscated has posted a very simple to follow how-to for getting rid of these obtrusive eyesores. Despite being relatively simple, there’s a lot of things you’ll need to do, so pay attention:

1) Sign up for an OpenDNS account (it’s free).
2) Add a network for your current IP address.
3) Go to Advanced Settings and next to ‘Domain Typos’, check the box ‘Enable typo correction’ if it’s not already checked and apply.
4) Got to Web Content Filtering settings and set the filtering level to ‘None’, and under ‘Manage individual domains’, put and select ‘Always block’ and then click ‘Add domain’. Screenshot.
5) On your Xbox, go to System Settings -> Network Settings -> (your connection) -> Configure Network -> DNS settings -> Manual, and enter the OpenDNS IP addresses for the primary and secondary DNS servers: and
6) You may need to clear your hard drive cache before ads disappear entirely: System Settings -> Storage -> Hard Drive -> press Y -> Clear System Cache (note that you’ll have to re-download any title updates for any games you play after doing this).
7) No longer pay to be advertised to.

Via Joystiq

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1 Comment on How To Get Rid Of Those Annoying XBLA Ads


On December 10, 2011 at 4:00 am

8) Now about more online lag than usual because your content/ connections are re-routed through more congested slower servers that are farther away from you than your ISP DNS servers…then still blame Microsoft.