Last Updated: 23 Mar 22
Ads in Kisekae remain a derisive topic, sure they are annoying, but Pochi deserves at least something for all the time (I mean, 10 years at the time of writing, come on!) that was spent creating Kisekae and maintaining it well beyond almost any other browser-based flash application that I can name off the top of my head.
There are other ways you can support Pochi as well, such as becoming a subscriber to their PIXIV Fanbox or Fantia pages, and I please ask that you do so if you are going to follow this guide and remove ads from Kisekae. Because that’s what this tutorial is about. Completely removing the Ad popups from Kisekae FOREVER.
Why remove Ads?
The popup Ads in Kisekae usually contain adult content and can make some folks uncomfortable or can sometimes cause embarrassment. They also pop up at inconvenient times and can cause menu items to bug out, or even cause the program to become unstable if you are really unlucky. Removing them altogether is really the only way around these issues.
How is it done?
This method was gleaned from an anonymous 4chan post from 2019 by one of our fantastic users over on our Discord (you should really check it out if you haven’t yet, it’s a great place for hints and tricks like this one, and has a growing community of active users that can help with all sorts of issues).
This method works by modifying your Windows ‘hosts’ file to block Kisekaes’ current Lix ad service by redirecting the IP address to 127.0.0.1. This prevents the Ads from launching. There is a really good explanation on how to do this on groovypost.com, but we’re going to go through it step by step on here anyway.
This method is for Windows 10 & 11 users, but a guide for other OS’s can be found on rackspace.com if your using something else.
1. Open Notepad in Administrator mode.
The best way to do this is to use your search bar in Windows and type in Notepad. When it comes up, right-click on the icon and select Run as administrator. Why you may ask? Because unless you’re in administrator mode, Windows 10 and up won’t let you save your modified hosts file as anything other than a .txt file. That’s not what you want. In fact, it’s probably not a bad idea to save a copy of your ‘hosts’ file somewhere like your desktop just in case accidents happen…
2. Open your hosts file in Notepad.
Click on ‘File>Open’ in Notepad and then navigate to \Windows\System32\drivers\etc, and select All Files (*.*) from the file type dialog box. Select and open the hosts file.
3. Add in the following…
…below the rest of the text.
4. Save and exit…
…and you’re done! If a dialog box comes up saying something along the lines of ‘You don’t have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission. Would you like to save in the Documents folder instead?’ select No, and go back and make sure that you have opened Notepad in Administrator mode.
And now you have Ad-free Kisekae! Please support Pochi on their subscription websites if you carry out this mod, as every little bit goes towards making Kisekae even better!