AdBlock Plus comes to Internet Explorer

Popular ad-blocking browser add-on AdBlock Plus is now available on Internet Explorer, through a preview version published by the AdBlock team. While the software is rough around the edges at this stage and has very few features or settings - which is to be expected from beta software - it does function to remove ads from around the web.

The add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer 8 and above, and after you install it thanks to the download available in the source link it will be disabled by default, so you'll likely need a few browser restarts and some settings trawling before it works. Also, we couldn't seem to get whitelisting to work in AdBlock Plus on Internet Explorer 10 during our short testing of the add-on, which might be an issue for some, and as the Modern UI version of IE10 doesn't support add-ons, AdBlock Plus only works for the desktop version.

As always, we'd like to remind readers of Neowin that ads on our site is the main source of our revenue, and if you're thinking of installing an ad blocking browser extension, consider whitelisting Neowin (which will hopefully work in IE AdBlock Plus soon); it'd be super awesome of you. If you really can't stand ads, we always have a subscription you can purchase that removes ads site-wide.

Source: AdBlock | Thanks for the tip niks2456, via the forums!

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I'm sorry Neowin but there are tasteful ads and then there are ANNOYING ALL IN YOUR FACE SITE DEFORMING MONSTROSITIES. You guys choose the latter. ABP installed and activated.

Never knew you could pay Neowin to get rid of ads. I'd gladly do so, just don't use Paypal. I refuse to use that service.

AWESOME! I've been wanting to switch to IE, but no good ad-blocker was holding me back. I want to switch from Chrome because Google is out of control lately and I'm just slowing moving away from all of its products and FF is just getting so bloated.

Installed this and it looks almost like Avast's version of ABP, which has been out for a few months now. Though this "official" version is much less buggy and doesn't hang IE for two seconds each time you load a new tab.

About time IE users get the option to finally block the horrid ads that plague the net. Small and unobtrusive ads are no problem, but flashy and huge ads and/or videos just stops me from enabling ads - anywhere.

Shaun said,
6 years ago the developers said that ADP was "not an option"

http://adblockplus.org/blog/ad...t-explorer-is-not-an-option

Yeh! W... T... F?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They made is abundantly and adamantly clear that they would never do a version for IE. Wow, how positions change! (Though this probably doesn't mean it will ever be finished, I mean they STILL haven't added the UI of the FF version to the Chrome version afterall. lol).

While I enjoy TPL, it does lack some functionality. Like running a custom personal white and blacklist. Cant wait to finally have full APB under IE10.

awesome, the world's #1 browser according to net applications which unlike stat counter, doesn't count chrome's pre-cache hits. but the larger story is that this is a huge blow for google's ad revenue. MSFT should just push it as a windows update

Awesome! If this works as good as it does on other browsers, I'm going to switch to IE10. This is what I've been waiting for.

From the Neowin standpoint of ads I'm surprised this is even on the front page, I've had warnings for talking about this program before.

Shaun said,
From the Neowin standpoint of ads I'm surprised this is even on the front page, I've had warnings for talking about this program before.

One of the mods asked this question in the forums. It goes to show how silly and pointless that rule is.

Maybe if Neowin didn't have obtrusive ads that take up half the screen more people would whitelist it.

I wonder will it work on this site. While yeah the ads maybe their source of revenue they could have done it where they werent so invasive. So tired of that freaking intel pop-up that takes over like half your screen when you go to the main page.

No, I have to block the ads in order to even view the site properly, they ARE invasive, and they make the website harder to use. Like I said, I will continue to block the ads on this website until you guys come up with some other viable solution to ad revenue.

Azies said,
No, I have to block the ads in order to even view the site properly, they ARE invasive, and they make the website harder to use. Like I said, I will continue to block the ads on this website until you guys come up with some other viable solution to ad revenue.

That's why there are Tier 2 and 2a subscriptions.

And as Tim said, if those Intel ads are coming up please start a thread in S&FI or PM Steve so he can bug NetShelter to get it removed.

Yeah like I said, I'll gladly white list the website, and I DO white list it frequently, until the ads **** me off.

Oh! Actually that's not too bad, they did change the ads a bit since I whitelisted last.. -whitelists-

Neowin is one of the few sites I have whitelisted because I use it so much. And I've actually found that there aren't invasive ads here at all Anyways as with Neowin, most sites don't actually have control over the ads that display, they can only modify some settings and blacklist bad ads on demand because they're using a 3rd-party advertisement agency.

Dot Matrix said,
How does it compare to using AdBlocking TPL's?

Fooled with it in a sandbox earlier. At the moment it's only (arguably) slightly better as you can somewhat edit the rules, in a very very basic way. Buggy too, but it's way early yet. The potential's there.. if they can get a lot of the Firefox version's functionality in it though, it'll blow the doors off of TPL's. If you don't want/need that level of control though, meh TPL's will probably be the better option.. personally, I use FF's ABP extensively for removing nuisance elements/scripts/etc, not just ads, the level of control it gives you is very very good.

Tracking Protection Lists (TPL's) are not really meant to be used to block all page ads. It's a misuse of what they're for and don't work at all well because of this. Most of the time they block 50% of ads at best anyway.

Adblock will block atleast 99% of them (including youtube video ads) and also removes the empty white space where the ads are on a page. Theres no comparison it's vastly better. I just hope the IE version ends up as good as the Chrome/FF versions. This could get a lot of people to switch to IE.

Dot Matrix said,
How does it compare to using AdBlocking TPL's?

Eventually it will probably work better than TPLs (as said above, the TPL feature wasn't designed as an adblock feature). Blocking ads in youtube videos is big (at least for me)!

I do not agree with the statement above about 50% block rate. From my personal experience, I'm getting about 90% ads blocked (I'm using EasyPrivacy+EasyList from http://dayngo.com/static/filter.html).

One advantage of TPLs is that they do work with Modern UI version of Internet Explorer (when I set TPLs up in the desktop IE, it automatically worked in Modern UI IE)

Edited by ltdtkjgth, Jun 19 2013, 3:35pm :

gate1975mlm said,
How does this compare to Ad Muncher?

Plugins only block adverts in a single browser
Programs like admuncher block adverts on an entire computer
Secure Gateways block adverts across an entire network with a centralized block list < My preferred method