RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds


NameRemoveWindowsLockScreenAds JSON
Version 0.3 PyPI version JSON
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home_pagehttps://github.com/clarkb7/RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds
SummaryRemove Windows lock screen ads/Spotlight ads while keeping the rotating Spotlight image backgrounds.
upload_time2020-10-18 06:33:50
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authorBranden Clark
requires_python
licenseMIT
keywords windows-spotlight remove-ads windows-lockscreen
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# Remove Windows lock screen ads/Spotlight Ads
Remove Windows lock screen ads/Spotlight ads while keeping the rotating Spotlight image backgrounds. **The effect is immediate, there is no restart or logoff required.**

This script can be run by any user, **no Administrator privileges are required.**

This script parses the JSON configuration for Spotlight, located in `%LOCALAPPDATA%`, to remove the buzzfeed-esque ads that clutter the lock screen.
<p align="center">
  <img src="https://github.com/clarkb7/RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds/blob/master/screenshots/ad.PNG?raw=true" />
</p>

By default the image credits are kept. Pass `--remove-credits` if you would like them removed, too.
<p align="center">
  <img src="https://github.com/clarkb7/RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds/blob/master/screenshots/credits.PNG?raw=true" />
</p>

## Installation
If you have Python installed
```
python -m pip install --user RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds
pythonw -m RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds --install
```
If you don't want to install Python, download the [standalone installer](https://github.com/clarkb7/RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds/releases/latest/download/RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds.noconsole.exe), press `WindowsKey+r`, then paste and run
```
%USERPROFILE%\Downloads\RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds.noconsole.exe --install
```

When run with pythonw or RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds.noconsole.exe there is no console output. However, --install and --uninstall will log to `%TEMP%\RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds.install.log`.

You can enable and disable RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds from the Startup tab in Windows Task Manager.

## Try it out without modifying anything
Python
```
python -m RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds --once --dry-run --verbose
```
Standalone console program
```
RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds.console.exe --once --dry-run --verbose
```

## Detailed Usage
```
usage: RemoveWindowsLockScreenAds.py [-h] [-v] [--dry-run] [--remove-credits] (--once | --watch | --install | --uninstall) [path]

positional arguments:
  path              Path to file or directory to remove lock screen ads from.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help        show this help message and exit
  -v, --verbose     Enable verbose logging
  --dry-run         Process and log but do not modify files
  --remove-credits  Remove the image credits box

actions:
  --once            Remove ads from file(s) in path
  --watch           Continue running, watch directory for new Spotlight files, and remove ads from them
  --install         Start in --watch mode on login
  --uninstall       Remove installed files and login task
```




            

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