How to Block Display Ads in Internet Explorer

While advertisements displayed on websites can alert you to new products and services that may interest you, they can also be annoying. A multitude of display ads may also slow down your web browser and can sometimes even track your surfing habits, posing a privacy hazard. You can activate a built-in filter on Internet Explorer, the flagship browser from Microsoft, to automatically block Internet ads as they're displayed.

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Launch Internet Explorer 8, located within your Windows "Start" menu in the bottom left side of your PC's screen. If you do not have this version of the browser installed, you may download it for free from Microsoft's official Internet Explorer website (see Resources).

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Click the "Safety" button at the top of the Internet Explorer window. A new box will appear on the screen.

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Select "InPrivate Filtering" to enable the feature.

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Click the box next to "Block for me."

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Resume browsing the Internet. Internet Explorer's built-in filter will analyze and block any ads that appear while you're surfing the web.