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Block Ads Using IE8

I have to admit, I didn’t even realize that IE8 had an ad-blocking feature until I read this. The feature is kind of tucked away and hidden within the InPrivate Settings – the new option which lets you surf anonymously leaving no traces, no cookies, no history, etc. behind.

Thanks to a user on the DSL Reports forum, there’s now a list of the sites that the Firefox extension Adblock Plus uses which can now be imported into IE8 in order to block ads there, too. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. In IE8, go to Access Tool –> InPrivate Filtering Settings from the toolbar menu.
  2. Click on the “Advanced Settings” link at the bottom left of the window.
  3. Click “Import” to import the XML file you first downloaded from here (That’s a zip file – you need to extract it first).
  4. You’ll get a message that the import worked and you’ll just click “OK.”
  5. You can close the open dialog boxes now – you’re done!

After doing this, the ads associated with the URLs you imported will be automatically blocked in IE.

Note: this applies the publicly available download of IE8, not the one pre-installed on Windows 7 Beta.

Thanks, gHacks, for the tip.

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