Adblock Plus drops support for IE6 and IE7

It was less than a year ago that the AdBlock Plus plug-in started supporting all the current versions of Internet Explorer, Today, the team behind the website ad banner blocking tool announced that it will end support for IE6 and IE7 with its latest version.

In a blog post, the team behind the plug-in cited the fact that IE6 and 7 have extremely low market share compared to other browsers. It said, "It seems that less than 2% of all Internet Explorer users hitting our website or filter subscription servers are using Internet Explorer 6 or Internet Explorer 7." There's also the fact that IE6 turns off the more secure TLS 1.0 protocol by default in favor of the older SSLv3 protocol.

AdBlock Plus also says that its own website will now be updated so that it can remove software hacks that were needed to display pages in IE6. Windows XP users, who won't be getting anymore updates for its OS, are urged to move to IE8 if they haven't already, if they want to continue to use AdBlock Plus.

As usual, we will like to point out that Neowin depends in large part on our banner ads to generate revenue for the site. So, if our readers do use the AdBlock Plus but would still like to support Neowin, they can either whitelist the site or sign up for one of our paid subscription options that remove all ad banners.

Source: AdBlock Plus via The Next Web 

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I have been an Adblock Plus user for like forever and never knew they had a version for IE. Of course, I haven't used IE for like a decade.

It's not like the whole world uses IE, I'm sure the only users of IE are forced to use it (in workplaces for example).

who in their right mind uses XP anyway?:)) maybe if no money to migrate to 7 or later.. or incompatible devices... else i guess it's just crazy

I have a old laptop with 512MB RAM and P4 processor and came installed with Win XP. It is perfect laptop and hardware wise there is no issue with it. Infact, I have two other laptops and two desktops and 2 tablets, so I am not in a category of no money or oblivious user, But I still have XP on that old laptop because I don't want to throw perfectly working computer in a landfill. This computer is too old to do any hardware upgrade or worthy to spend even a single penny to upgrade OS. That is not my primary computing device but I still use it occasionally and no I am not paranoid about XP security FUD. So there you go, I am part of crowd who still contributes to XP market share and I am sure there will be many more people in a similar situation as me.

I dropped support for ABP when he decided to get into bed with Google and have "allowed ads". He can get stuffed.

Pity, best adblocker (at least the Firefox version, IE and Chrome's are "meh") out there aside from a resident solution. But at least it takes one click to turn that off again after it tells you about it. Can pry ABP out of my dead hands.

Max Norris said,
Pity, best adblocker (at least the Firefox version, IE and Chrome's are "meh") out there aside from a resident solution. But at least it takes one click to turn that off again after it tells you about it. Can pry ABP out of my dead hands.

There are other available. I moved based on principle.

It wasnt that great for IE 10 or 11 either. Using the TPL's in IE did a better job at blocking ads than this program

John.D said,
It wasnt that great for IE 10 or 11 either. Using the TPL's in IE did a better job at blocking ads than this program

Lord Method Man said,
IE11 + TPLs do everything that I need. So nice using a browser that doesn't need all the addon bloat to function.

Right on, to both posters!

Actually installed adblock plus for IE11 three days ago. As I needed someway to block youtubes annoying ads.
I'm OK with watching ONE ad per video, but not two or three. And as googles support for IE11 are p*ss poor, my videos sometimes has to be reloaded, forcing me to watch the ads again.
So congratulations Google, from now on I wont watch your ads again, if I can remove them.

Hahaiah said,
Ahhh, fragmentation isn't just for android then?

Since when is old software dropping out of support fragmentation? This has happened for decades, the lifecycle of software. Not the same thing at all.

Hahaiah said,
Ahhh, fragmentation isn't just for android then?
This is only true defunct operating systems that do not receive the latest browser. As Windows XP is no longer even supported--after over a decade of support--it's hardly fragmentation.

What is fragmentation is that Microsoft refused to push IE9 (and therefore IE10, and IE11) back to Windows XP while it was supported, which likely had to do with not pushing out the support dates (backdoor support would be implied otherwise in the form of IEx update).

The unfortunate part is that Windows Vista is quickly approaching this type of reality and I believe it is fragmented in that it only supports IE9. The fortunate part of that is that Windows Vista had very low adoption (kind of like new releases of Android...).

Good. EVERY other company in the world should drop support for IE6 and IE7 at the very least. Anyone browsing the internet with those browsers (i.e. outside of their company's "intranet") should get pages that drive them to update their browser, and refuse to show content.

There is NO EXCUSE for anyone still using IE6 or IE7 to browse the internet at large in 2014.

Stop coddling them. Browsers are free and easy to install and upgrade.

I guess many people who are using IE6 or IE7 are not very computer savvy or does not even know what adblocker is. Many people will be still using Win XP for long time as it works perfectly to them and they should continue to use it if it fills their need but they should be using anything but IE anyway. New Firefox 29 looks very slick and fast though and it does not have font rendering issue like it is in IE.

Easy for you to say.

You are not one of the 40,000,000 under or unemployed! Or live at home with your momma.

In the real world the landlord, bank, grocery store, gas companies, cable bill, insurance, student loan company, child care, clothes, cellphone, ex-wife shopping spree grr alimony come first with that lovely $10 an hour salary.

So where does replacing a perfectly good computer with XP that works fine and meets their needs for something that does not as well due to a cell phone interface?

1/3 users agree XP. It is so generous your willing to pay

"$10 an hour salary" - lol that a lot of money. In my county $12-$13 is the min wage for a day. A lot of people are on min salary and don't have money just for the bills so we cant just spend money to change something that already works. "There is NO EXCUSE" -yes there is plenty of excuse but u have to see it.

Auditor said,
I guess many people who are using IE6 or IE7 are not very computer savvy or does not even know what adblocker is. Many people will be still using Win XP for long time as it works perfectly to them and they should continue to use it if it fills their need but they should be using anything but IE anyway.
People should not be using IE6 or IE7, even if it fits their needs.

All Windows XP users should be using IE8, at least. Anything else should simply be unsupported to encourage that movement because those users are incredibly vulnerable and they are getting a far worse experience (both slower and uglier).

If the web finally appears broken to those users (who obviously do not understand that they are using broken, outdated software), then they will be forced to ask someone to help them figure it out, which should hopefully lead to an upgraded browser or even an upgraded machine where possible. Anything less is literally a risk to them and us, as those are the machines that are automatically getting owned using drive-by ads that use their machines as part of botnets.

@sinetheo, your ignorance about Windows 8 (dismissing it as a 'cell phone interface') is part of the problem here. Win8 is so much better than XP in virtually every way that it's just laughable.

But none of this changes the fact that nobody, even someone stupid enough to stay on XP and still connect to the internet, should be using IE6 or IE7. Period. There are so many other FREE options, that it's ridiculous to stay there.

ALL of the internet... all sites and businesses and what-not... should just agree that if they detect IE6 or IE7, they should just show a static page that tells them to upgrade their browser, and not let them in. Period.

FORCE the issue, and force these lazy jerks holding back the entire internet and costing business tons of support money to upgrade to something more usable.

Never seen such an ignorant and arrogant opinion before. You want to force the people to do something they don't want to do. I am glad you are not the policy maker of any country. Your opinion about win 8 better than XP might hold some water but many people using old hardware with no drivers available for Win 8 might tend to disagree with your biased opinion.

If someone is using IE6 or IE7 for whatever reason then it is their choice and who are you force them to upgrade even though it might be a good choice for them or use some alternate browser. Do you think majority of user read tech news and see what is happening with MS. Their system works without any issue and if they don't have any particular reason to upgrade then let it be their choice.

You comment about some people holding the entire internet back is simply laughable and ignorant at best. There are still many website which gives the user an option to upgrade their browser when they see people are still using the old browser and their website still try to display the webpage whatever compatibility mode allowed them it to be.

Main purpose of business is to reach prospective audience and deliver their message or information rather than having a goal to abandon them their perfectly working XP and get this win 8 tablet interface on their desktop.

Saying that XP + IE6 or IE7 "works" is a lie. It might appear to for a period of time, but it's guaranteed to lead to virus infection and/or ultimately system crash. My position isn't arrogant at all... it's realistic and rational and NECESSARY.

Even if someone is ignorant enough and poor enough remain using XP while still connecting to the internet, then at the VERY least they must stop using IE and switch to Chrome or FireFox.

Continuing to support IE6 and IE7 is expensive for sites, developers, and the internet as a whole. It MUST end.

They need to drop IE8, IE9 and 10 as well
no one should cater to browsers other than IE11, runs on both Windows7 and 8.1

IE11 x64 is my primary browser these days especially on my 8.1 devices, ahead of Pale Moon

Even supporting Vista developers would be doing users a disservice, dump it, even Microsoft would recommend it

Edited by dingl_, Apr 29 2014, 8:37pm :

dingl_ said,
They need to drop IE8, IE9 and 10 as well
no one should cater to browsers other than IE11, runs on both Windows7 and 8.1

IE11 x64 is my primary browser these days especially on my 8.1 devices, ahead of Pale Moon

Even supporting Vista developers would be doing users a disservice, dump it, even Microsoft would recommend it

IE8 is the latest browser available for XP, people will still be using XP for the next 2yrs. IE9 is the newest version available for vista which is still a supported O.S. You don't seem to care about people who can't afford a newer O.S

Nobody should be using XP. And anyone that is, can install Chrome or FireFox.

Every site out there should start blocking IE6 and IE7 at the VERY least. Push people to do what they should have done YEARS ago, and help move the internet forward. Developers need to stop wasting time and effort supporting those older browsers on their sites (or paying support people to deal with whiners still trying to use their sites with those old browsers).

If anyone is still using XP, that's their issue... Even Vista there is just no excuse. If you're on Windows 7, you should be running a fully up-to-date OS, running IE11, same goes for 8.1 Update 1

Windows 7 was released what, 5 years ago? If someone can't save up for a cheap PC or Windows upgrade within 5 years they got worse things to worry about than browsing abouts on the internets

dingl_ said,
They need to drop IE8, IE9 and 10 as well
no one should cater to browsers other than IE11, runs on both Windows7 and 8.1

IE11 x64 is my primary browser these days especially on my 8.1 devices, ahead of Pale Moon

Even supporting Vista developers would be doing users a disservice, dump it, even Microsoft would recommend it

So screw everyone on Vista then which is still a "supported" OS. If Vista was not supported at all by MS, then I would tend to agree with you. The fact that Vista is and you can only install IE9, then MS will still need to support that and as long as they do, others will as well. Not sure why MS doesnt come out with anything newer for Vista.

And should be running the latest IE and being able to are two different things. There are many reasons why companies and individuals cannot run the latest IE.