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I am looking for a free way to block ads for IE10. A way which works in both the Modern UI version as well as the desktop version.

I have found Simple Adblock but only the trial version is free.

What do you recommend?

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    Its not possible to use an add-on while using the Modern UI IE10. – Ramhound Oct 31 '12 at 10:55
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Unfortunately nothing like this exists, but you can try to block ads the old fashioned way, with a HOST file. This is a special file that will block all traffic from domains that are suspected as being advertizements. Detailed instructions on how to use the file can be found here. Among my favorite block lists can be found here.

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If you set it up in a special way, Internet Explorer's built-in Tracking Protection feature blocks ads -- and works even better than the HOSTS-file solution suggested in the answer Mikhail wrote.

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  • An article on IE9 is not very helpful when the author is asking about IE10 and the Modern UI IE10. The instructions would only be helpful for one of those. – Ramhound Oct 31 '12 at 10:56
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    AFAIK, this feature works great in IE10 in both Desktop and RT versions of Windows 8. Correct me if I'm wrong. – Dmitriy Konovalov Oct 31 '12 at 11:13
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IE has a built in ad blocker, you merely have to tell it which sites/adverts/cookies etc to block. Fortunately these lists have already been made. Just browse to http://www.iegallery.com/en-us/trackingprotectionlists and click add list and explorer will add it to the integrated ad blocker.

BTW, uses the same blocking lists (Easy-List) as ad-blocker on chrome

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  • As far as I can see, this does not block ads but this tries to protect you from being tracked. That's not the same thing. – Bram Vanroy Feb 19 '13 at 10:34
  • The name of the list is "Tracking Protection" this doesn't block ads. – Ramhound Feb 19 '13 at 12:00
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    It may be called tracking protection, but you can download additional lists from iegallery.com/en-us/trackingprotectionlists. You will see that there are different types of lists (e.g. privacy protection and Ad-blocking). I know it works because I use it every day and it removes ads from youtube, facebook and the like. Please don't mark my comment down without fully understanding what you write. Thanks, Steve – Steve Term Apr 19 '13 at 15:20
  • I installed the EasyList on IE10, but it's not blocking any ads. – LWZ Jun 12 '13 at 23:41
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Adblock Plus (ABP) for Internet Explorer

ABP for IE uses EasyList, an ad-blocking filter list, with an option to use it with one of the regional EasyList variants. EasyList is the same filter list that is also used by default in ABP and uBlock Origin for Chrome and Firefox. Since it uses ABP syntax filter lists, it blocks ads better than the less effective IE Tracking Protection Lists, and HOSTS file based ad blocking.

Note: Add-ons such as Adblock Plus can only be used in the desktop UI.

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While Internet Explorer should no longer be utilized as it's no longer supported and hasn't received a security update in ~3yrs, this applies to all browsers.


MVPS Hosts is the best solution I've come across that is regularly updated (FAQs).

  1. Download MVPS hosts.zip and open
  2. Extract hosts to %WinDir%\System32\drivers\etc


I also recommend adding the Malware Domain List below the MVPS hosts entries

  1. Open %WinDir%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts in Notepad as Administrator
    1. WinKey+R
    2. Open: notepad %WinDir%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
    3. While holding down CTRL+SHIFT press OK
      • This runs Notepad with Administrator privileges, which is required to edit the hosts files

  2. CTRL+END to go to EOF (End Of File)
  3. Navigate to Malware Domain List hosts.txt and copy it's contents
    • Select all: CTRL+A, then copy: CTRL+C

  4. Paste: CTRL+V to end of %WinDir%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts and save: CTRL+S

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