So if you are using the WPS Office: The Most Compatible Free Office Suite, especially the free version, you have seen the annoying ads that show when you open the Writer, Spreadsheets or Presentation.
Now I have found a way to remove/disable the adds that show up on startup.
- Installed WPS Office
- Enabled Windows Firewall
- Make sure that you have closed all instances of WPS Office – Writer, Spreadsheets or Presentation.
Solution 1: Blocking the wpscloudsvr.exe
Removing/disabling the ads in WPS Office
First open Run by Win Key + R and write
This command will open the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. After that go to Inbound Rules
Now you search for wpscloudsvr.exe. The firewall should show three rules.
Select the three rules and disable them with right click of the mouse and select Disable Rule
And for more heavier measures to make sure the ads are blocked. Open Properties of every rule and select Block the connection.
Solution 2: Blocking the wpscenter.exe
This can be combined with the previous solution to make the blocking more powerful. In order to block the wpscenter.exe we have to make a New Inbound Rule. For this purpose open the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and select New Rule.
Follow this picture guide to make the Inbound Rule active
Solution 3: Redirecting the Internet connection
Open the WPS Office location (usually the AppData path) and start ksomisc.exe. After starting it click on the button Advanced. Then go to the tab Update settings and under the Internet Connection section select HTTP with the following credentials:
IP: 127.0.0.1 Port: 80 user name: user password: pass
Solution 4: Redirecting the Internet connection with the hosts file
Open the hosts file in:
Add the following redirection IP addresses:
127.0.0.1 http://ec2-52-43-249-196.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 http://ec2-34-213-133-234.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 ec2-34-213-238-222.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 http://ec2-52-89-212-137.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 http://ec2-54-191-41-159.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 http://ec2-54-68-129-70.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 ec2-54-149-125-87.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 http://ec2-54-187-93-72.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 http://ec2-52-220-226-146.ap-southeast-1.compute.amazonaws.com 127.0.0.1 http://map2.hwcdn.net 127.0.0.1 http://home.wps.cn 127.0.0.1 http://zone.kingsoft.jp 127.0.0.1 http://home.office.wps.com 127.0.0.1 http://officecontent.wps.com 127.0.0.1 http://kdl1.cache.wps.com
When added it should look something like this:
That finalizes the ads removal procedure. Happy writing 🙂