KMPlayer is a popular media player available for Windows operating system. Although it’s not as powerful and popular as VLC Media Player, it’s certainly one of the best free media playing software out there for Windows.
Ads and games in KMPlayer
Those of you who have installed recent versions of KMPlayer probably have noticed ads and games that appear when you launch KMPlayer. In simple words, the sidebar that starts along with KMPlayer shows ads and some games. This sidebar containing ads and games appears only when you launch the KMPlayer and can be easily closed by clicking the Close button that appears at the upper right corner of the sidebar.
Games and ads appear only upon launching the KMPlayer and since KMPlayer offers a close button to get rid of them, most users haven’t tried to disable them. That said, there are plenty of users who would like to permanently get rid of KMPlayer games and ads to continue enjoying videos and music without having to click the close button each time.
When it comes to games and ads, KMPlayer doesn’t include an option to easily disable them. But there are two easy workarounds out there to completely disable KMPlayer ads and games.
Since these ads and games appear only when the system is connected to the internet and the KMPlayer needs to connect to KM Media servers in order to serve ads and games, one can configure Windows to prevent KMPlayer from connecting to media server of KMPlayer.
Those of you who would like to completely disable games and ads in KMPlayer can follow the instructions in one of the two given below methods.
Important: The developers of KMPlayer are generating revenue by promoting games and other products on this software and are used for the development of KMPlayer. So you might want to donate a couple of dollars by visiting the official page of KMPlayer to support the development of the player. By the way, we are in no way associated with KMPlayer.
Turn off KMPlayer games and ads
Method 1 of 2
Step 1: Open Internet Explorer browser.
Step 2: Navigate to Tools menu and then click Internet Options to open the same.
Step 3: Here, click on the Security tab.
Step 4: Under, Select a zone to view or change security settings, please click on Restricted sites icon. Now, click the Sites button located next to the Restricted sites.
Step 5: Under Add this website to the zone, enter http://player.kmpmedia.net and then click Add button. Close the dialog. Finally, click the Apply button that you see on Internet Options dialog.
Launch KMPlayer to see the clean and beautiful KMPlayer without annoying games and ads.
Method 2 of 2
Step 1: Open Notepad program as administrator. To do so, type Notepad in Start menu (Windows 7/Windows 10) or Start screen (Windows 8/Windows 10) search box and then simultaneously press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open Notepad as administrator.
Alternatively, you can navigate to the Notepad program in Start menu or Start screen, right-click on Notepad and then click Run as administrator option.
Step 2: Once Notepad is launched with admin rights, click the File menu and then click Open option (you can also use Ctrl+O) to see Open dialog box.
Here, navigate to:
C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc folder (where “C” is your Windows installed drive), change the file type to All files (see below picture) and then open the Hosts file.
Step 3: At the end of the Hosts file, add the following URL (see picture for reference):
Step 4: Finally click the File menu and then click the Save button or simply press the Ctrl+S button to save the edited file. This will block KMPlayer from accessing the media server which is very much required to serve ads and games.
Note that if the Notepad is asking you to create a new file when you click the Save button, it’s because you’re not running Notepad as administrator. Carefully follow the instructions in Step 1 again of this method to open Notepad as admin.