The new Xbox 360 dashboard has only been live for a few days but the internet has already figured out how to block its influx of ads.
Follow this guide to remove external sponsored ads on your 360′s dash. Note that this won’t get rid of Microsoft’s own promotions.
1. Sign up for an OpenDNS account for free.
2. Add a network for your current IP address.
3. Go to Advanced Settings and next to ‘Domain Typos’, check the box ‘Enable typo correction’ if it’s not already checked and apply.
4. Head over to Web Content Filtering settings and set the filtering level to ‘None’. Under ‘Manage individual domains’, type rad.msn.com and select ‘Always block’ before clicking ‘Add domain’. Screenshot.
5. On your Xbox 360, go to System Settings > Network Settings > (your connection) > Configure Network > DNS settings > Manual.
6. Enter the OpenDNS IP addresses for the primary and secondary DNS servers: 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
7. Clear your hard drive cache by going to System Settings > Storage > Hard Drive >Press Y > Clear System Cache.
Note that you’ll have to re-download any title updates for games you play after doing this.
Alternatively, if you have decent firmware on your router, you can set up a static IP for your 360 and block access for the rad.msn.com domain to the Xbox’s IP. You can set up your router to use Open DNS’ DNS servers by using a static DNS setting.