Ad Blocking in the Internet Explorer 8 web browser is not as easy to achieve as it is in other web browsers like Opera or Firefox with add-ons installed. Many Internet Explorer 8 users do not even know that an ad blocking feature exists in the web browser.
It can be easily accessed with the help of the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-F which will open the InPrivate Filtering settings. It is however not as easy to use as it will only allow to block elements that appear on multiple websites. This can be either automatic or manual. There is however no obvious way of blocking an element on a single website right away.
A user of the DSL Reports forum has converted the Adblock Plus list of blocked advertisement into an XML format that can be imported into Internet Explorer 8. All that needs to be done is to download the xml file from the website and import it into Internet Explorer 8 so that all of the ads and ad providers on that list are blocked automatically in Internet Explorer 8.
The file has a size of no more than eight Kilobytes and can be imported into Internet Explorer the following way after downloading and unpacking it.
A click on the Advanced Settings link in the lower half will open a new window that can be used to import filters in xml format.
The xml list can be imported easily by clicking on the Import button and selecting the xml file from the local hard drive.
A message should appear notifying the user that the list was successfully imported. The main window should be filled with blocking rules after clicking ok.
The ads will now be automatically blocked in Internet Explorer. The only problems with this approach are that there is no way of automatically updating the list in regular intervals. There is also no option to enable the list globally but disable it on selected websites.
Update: Please note that the popular ad blocking application Adblock Plus is now also available for Internet Explorer. You can head over to the official website to install it on your system to benefit from the features that it makes available.
Modern versions of Internet Explorer come with a feature called tracking protection. You can load tracking protection lists into the program that are provided by Microsoft or third-parties, so that you block certain types of elements on the web.
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