If you have bought the Surface RT device running Windows RT or a device by another hardware manufacturer that is running Microsoft's latest operating system you may have noticed that the only web browser you can use on the device is Internet Explorer 10. What you cannot do right now is install alternative browsers due to the fact that legacy x86 programs won't run on Windows RT. While that does not mean that you won't see browsers make an appearance on Windows RT at all, it means that you are currently stuck with Internet Explorer 10 for all your Internet browsing on the device.
Good news is that IE10 is superior to previous versions of the web browser so that your overall browsing experience should be better using the browser.
Below is a snapshot of a site that you may encounter during your browsing sessions. As you can see, there are lots of ads on the page which some may even say are deceptively placed to get visitors to click on them instead of the program download link.
The latest versions of Internet Explorer come with built-in options to block advertisement. Let me show you how to configure the ad blocking in Internet Explorer 10 if you prefer a more or less ad-free browsing experience when using Microsoft's web browser.
To get started, click on the settings icon on the top right of the Internet Explorer window and select Safety > Tracking Protection from the context menu that opens up.
Click on the Get a tracking protection list online which opens a web page on the Internet Explorer Gallery where you can add lists to the browser that block advertisement in the browser.
Probably the best list to get started with is EasyList Standard which is one of the lists that is also available for users of the popular ad blocking extension Adblock Plus. To install the list, simply scroll down until you find it listed on the page and click on the add button next to it afterwards.
The ad filled page above looks like this when reloaded after the installation of the tracking protection list.
While that takes care of a lot of ads that you encounter on the Internet, it won't protect you from all ads. Only those listed in the tracking protection list are covered which is why you may want to install another list if you are still seeing too many ads while browsing the Internet.Advertisement
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