Last Updated: 27 Jul 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. Note that this will not work for everyone. Some folks on different types of networks will have a Proxy server that bypasses DNS resolution, so the DNS cache won’t be read.
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.
Sometimes this doesn’t work and all you’re left with is a white box that can sometimes be difficult to remove. This can be even more annoying than the problem you were trying to solve. What you can try doing is flushing your Domain Name System (DNS) cache. This will manually ‘reset’ your DNS data where Time To Live (TTL) settings may not apply, like in an ad banner in a Flash game for example. This includes the data in your Hosts file, which will now be re-read by the DNS server as part of the process, potentially picking up the changes you have made.
To manually flush your DNS, open up the search box in Windows and type in
cmd, and select ‘Run as administrator’.
From there you’ll get the Command Prompt. Type in
ipconfig /flushdns and hit Enter. You should get the following message –
You can check if this has worked correctly by typing in
IPCONFIG /displaydns into the command prompt and scrolling through your DNS cache to see if it is listed. Note that I have my version directed to 0.0.0.0 instead of 127.0.0.0 as this works too.
Open up Kisekae and check if you still have the problem. If the issue persists, you likely have deeper issues likely involving proxy servers bypassing your Hosts file and auto-resolving DNS for you. That’s a little too complex an issue to tackle and likely needs to be looked into on a case-by-case basis by someone who better knows what they are doing.
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!