I've had some issues with unofficial dedicated servers when creating Left 4 Dead 2 games. Over the weekend when creating a game my friends and I would keep getting the same dedicated server which is configured to show a home page which appears to be designed to test my patience.

The home page continuously plays advertising videos on the connected screen, which don't stop when you close that view because, well, you might want to press 'h' and see that screen again. The designer of said page didn't see the need to allow the video to be stopped, or paused for longer than a few seconds.

The videos are too loud, like most advertising, and tend to make the L4D2 client struggle slightly, even crashing the client a couple of times. It pretty much renders the game unplayable for me. Apart from the havok caused by the adverts, the server itself appears to be otherwise playable.

Is there any means to disable the playing of videos in the L4D2 client, or even disabling the home page view altogether?

  • I'm not sure of the answer, but to help in googling the problem, this is often referred to as a server's "Message of the Day" or MOTD. Aug 28, 2012 at 16:41
  • @Dave McClelland - Thanks, that has actually kicked up a few search results I wasn't getting before though the consensus appears to be that it can't be disabled with a client var.
    – Kurley
    Aug 28, 2012 at 16:59

1 Answer 1


Block port 80 (outgoing, TCP) ONLY for left4dead2.exe

Do that by making a new rule in your firewall.

  • Nice idea, I'll try that this weekend.
    – Kurley
    Dec 21, 2012 at 9:54

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