Block ads on Kakaotalk client

The kakaotalk client on Mac is okay but the Windows client is full of ads: ads in friend list, ads in chat, ads in the corner of the screen, ad under your cursor.

It annoyed me to no end. So what’s the solution? Find a way to block it!

I used a nifty tool called TCP View (very old, but still works). It can resolve domains from IP address and is not as heavy as Wireshark 😉

I looked up the domains kakaotalk.exe connects to and found the following, so I added this to /Windows/System32/drivers/etc/hosts

#Block kakao ads
0.0.0.0 alea.adam.ad.daum.net
0.0.0.0 wat.ad.daum.net
0.0.0.0 display.ad.daum.net
0.0.0.0 analytics.ad.daum.net
0.0.0.0 ad.daum.net

And voilà! No more annoying ads!

4 Replies to “Block ads on Kakaotalk client”

  1. Hmm…I tried this but I still get ads? Does this mean that the 5 domains listed above are not a currently exhaustive list, or did I mess up by chance? I copied that and put it into my hosts file but I still get ads.

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    1. You need to clean the ad cache, probably do a disk cleanup, then do the ipconfig /flush, it should be gone

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  2. Thank you for your response T_T I only get one ad now – kakao for business? After trying both your suggestions it still won’t go away

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    1. Yeah, that one is internal to the client so you can’t block it. But it’s better that the blinking and pop up ads that infest the client otherwise 🙂

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