How to Block Display Ads in Internet Explorer

By Joshua Duvauchelle

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.

Step 1

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).

Step 2

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

Step 3

Select "InPrivate Filtering" to enable the feature.

Step 4

Click the box next to "Block for me."

Step 5

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

Tips & Warnings

  • InPrivate Filtering learns about the ads as you're browsing, reading and analyzing the content on the sites you visit over time. It automatically blocks new types of ads as you encounter them, recognizing them the more they appear on your visited web pages.