Unneeded and should not be included in Visual Studio by default. Unlike what the Microsoft spokesperson says in the other comment, it cannot be uninstalled easily because it does not appear in the Control Panel for most people. Follow the link in the other review and uninstall with PowerShell.
This extensions made it into VS2012 without my knowledge (or it just slipped by, I guess), and cannot be uninstalled anymore. See e.g. http://stackoverflow.com/q/24134693/419956 and the "Q AND A" for this extension.
I realize this review contributes to the "problem with star ratings" (please enjoy http://xkcd.com/937/ and http://xkcd.com/1098/ :D), but warning others to install something that's not uninstallable is worth it I guess.
There is no reason for this thing to be installed by default, and there is no way to uninstall it. The entry in "programs and features" is just not there, please remove this thing from the installation defaults and provide an easy way to uninstall it.
Run these commands at command prompt:
I don't know which one gets rid of this crap but once I ran these it was gone.
Well said Jonathan! No-one needs this advertising crap. Maybe in the next VS Update you will add the option to which updates you wish to see through the notification feeds and I am sure no-one which have the advertising checked.
We don't want to end-up with millions of complaints like when Microsoft added advertising to Skype after it was ad-free for 10 years. I know you can add the pagedads Google link to the hosts file and rad.msn.com but users shouldn't have to
Dear Microsoft Advertising SDK Team, I'm also experiencing this issue. Uninstalling from Programs & Features does not work. I was directed here because I asked this question on Stack Overflow:
Please see that question for more details on my situation.
Workaround mentioned above in the other Q here (running the MSI from suggested URL) did not work for me, it just presents a fresh installer.
Workaround mentioned above in this Q here (running MsiExec.exe) did not work for me either, it just comes with a popup explaining MsiExec's parameters.
Thanks to Lukamicoder.
The msiexec commands worked for me.
Is started them in a administrator command prompt.
But I still have the extension "Microsoft Advertising pupCenter Service for Visual Studio".
How can get rid of the last one?