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March 17, 2011

How to Block Ads in IE9

Filed under: Non-technical — Promit @ 11:24 pm
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I’m a little surprised that search results don’t turn up more useful information for this. Internet Explorer 9 is frankly a fabulous browser, but many people have traditionally avoided IE because it doesn’t block ads. Well, the new version does — it’s just hidden.

Do not install ANY ad blocking add-in. It isn’t necessary. IE has a facility called Tracking Protection Lists that will do the job. You just need the right setting…

From IE9, visit Privacy Choice, who maintain block lists. Click either giant button, and Internet Explorer will offer to install it. That’s all you need to do. Most ads will now be blocked.

The downside is that, as far as I can tell, you can’t really configure this with custom filters like Firefox’s popular AdBlock Plus extension. Google Chrome’s available extensions offer custom filters but they don’t work correctly. Still, this does clean up nearly everything you’re likely to encounter in most browsing.



  1. Thank you!

    Comment by Tyler — June 28, 2011 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  2. ))
    div tag too?
    how block


    Comment by from_ua — August 10, 2011 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • I don’t think you can, unfortunately.

      Comment by Promit — August 10, 2011 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  3. Good tip – but the other thing it doesn’t do is collapse the frames that the ads woukd have been in, like FireFox does, so there are huge white spaces in your web pages.

    Comment by Mark — September 17, 2011 @ 6:35 am | Reply

  4. why it doesn’t block facebook ads?

    Comment by Browneyed — November 24, 2011 @ 3:54 am | Reply

    • It blocks ads based on the server they come from. Facebook ads come from Facebook servers, so blocking them would lock out Facebook entirely.

      Comment by Promit — November 24, 2011 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  5. Thank you so much, I’m forced to use IE at work (I admit a bit of a bias against it!) and the audio ads on Pandora were driving me crazy. This seems to be doing the trick nicely!

    Comment by Amanda — January 19, 2012 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

    • It’s worth the $36 a year to avoid the ads on Pandora.

      Comment by Jake — August 23, 2012 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  6. Awesome! Thanks! Works Great!

    Comment by Aaron — March 10, 2012 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  7. Thank you SO MUCH. Our computer 4 yrs old. Our computer guy who we pay lots of money each time he visits said we need a new computer because it just can’t keep up. WRONG! (I’ve already done the top 5 basics + some extras to get it to run fast.) The paragraph above: “From IE9, visit Privacy Choice, who maintain block lists. Click either giant button, and Internet Explorer will offer to install it. That’s all you need to do. Most ads will now be blocked.” worked BEAUTIFULLY! Thanks, you made our life a lot easier! If it weren’t for people like you people like me would be spending money we don’t have to get a new computer we don’t need. THANK YOU!

    Comment by restorationgirl — June 26, 2012 @ 9:53 pm | Reply

  8. Wow, wish I’d searched for this months ago! Whole web experience is so much quicker now, and presumably I’m saving large amounts of data (on a PAYG dongle here).
    Thank you very much.

    Comment by Simon Teague — August 6, 2012 @ 7:30 am | Reply

  9. How come you are the only smarty on the web with this info? Works Excellent. Thank you!!

    Comment by carolyn — August 14, 2012 @ 8:39 am | Reply

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    Comment by Clean Keyboard — October 5, 2012 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

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  12. Awesome, works perfectly. Thank you so much, you rock!!

    Comment by Adam Secler — October 30, 2012 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  13. Awesome! I’m stuck with tethering mobile phone to PC so bandwidth is always an issue. I used to run ie7pro but couldn’t find anything to work on ie9…. Many thanks!!! ;-]

    Comment by David Webb — October 31, 2012 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  14. I am impressed with how well privacychoice works!

    I like IE9 and I am not that impressed with Ffox so I had been doing some research. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not really have anything that I could find in their help menu that works easily to blocks ads. I was leery at first about trying because there are so many scams out there. However, I was also getting very tired of receiving tons of ads showing up and slowing down my browser. I was actually surprised how well privacychoice worked. My browser is much faster and I don’t have to see all the crappy ads. Thanks for sharing the information.

    I just don’t understand why Microsoft can’t build in a filter like this one. I think it would be a hit!

    Thanks – Tom

    Comment by Tom Wasinger — December 21, 2012 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

  15. Thank you, Ashley

    Comment by Ashley — March 2, 2013 @ 7:48 am | Reply

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