If you are annoyed with the advertisements in Origin from EA, then here are the instructions to remove the ads from Origin.
This hack works on Windows Vista and on Windows 7:
[li]Close & exit Origin
[li]Using your file explorer go to: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Origin
[li]Find Settings.xml and open it with a text-editor (notepad is not your best choice here, it doesn't do what you need, try Wordpad or similar editor)
[li]Modify the PromoBrowserOriginStartedLastShown and PromoBrowserGameFinishedLastShown keys to these values:
<Setting key="PromoBrowserOriginStartedLastShown" type="2" value="999999999"/>
<Setting key="PromoBrowserGameFinishedLastShown" type="2" value="999999999"/>
There you go, no longer are crappy promos shown on Origin.