How to Block Ads on Internet Explorer

Updated February 21, 2017

The Internet has become an unsafe environment for personal and financial data. Every day Web users risk picking up spyware and malware from websites, even if they are just casually using Internet Explorer to check out websites. Phishing is another concern for Web users, as malicious websites can pretend to be financial institutions and pick up user's personal data. Internet Explorer has made progress when it comes to the security of Web users and their everyday Web visits. Internet Explorer users are advised to update their IE system files and install the latest features available. Besides blocking annoying pop-ups, Internet Explorer offers InPrivate Filtering, which can completely block all website advertisements. The users also have the option to change settings, and choose which websites they trust.

Open up an Internet Explorer Web browser window.

Click on the "Tools" icon on the IE web browser window. Select the "Windows Update" option.

Follow the on-screen instructions for downloading the latest Internet Explorer file updates and features installation.

Restart the computer when prompted--this will help install Internet Explorer updates.

Open up a newly updated Internet Explorer Web browser window.

Click on "Tools" and choose "Internet Options."

Select the "Privacy" tab.

Check the box "Turn on Pop-up blocker."

Confirm all changes by clicking on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the display window.

Keep an Internet Explorer window open.

Click on the "Safety" button, located right before "Tools."

Click on the "InPrivate Filtering" option to place a check mark next to it, and allow a new Web browser window to automatically load.

Use the new Web browser window, which will automatically block all website advertisements. You can change the settings and make special rules for websites that you wish to allow advertisements on.

Close out the previous Internet Explorer window that has no InPrivate Filtering option enabled.

Click on the "InPrivate Filtering Settings" option, located right below "InPrivate Filtering" option that has a check mark next to it.

Click on "Automatically block" for the default settings--this will block all third-party advertisements on every website that is opened in Internet Explorer.

Click on the "Choose content to block or allow" option to set privileges and special rules to which websites are allowed to display advertisements.

Check the "Content provider" display tab which will show the website URL (such as, or any other website you frequently visit). Click on the website URL and click on the "Allow" button located at the bottom of the display window.

Use the "Off" option to disable "InPrivate Filtering" and allow all websites to display advertisements.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer 8
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