In Internet Explorer, open the tools menu.
This is represented by a gear icon. Click “Internet Options.” Navigate to the “Privacy” tab. In here, click
the “Advanced” button. Select the “Override automatic cookie handling ckeckbox.” We will
want to make sure we block Third-party cookies. These are cookies that are usually from advertisers.
We also want to make sure that we allow first-party cookies and Always allow session cookies.
Click “OK” in both windows. Next, we will enable a feature that allows
us to block certain advertisements. Open the tools menu once again, hover over “Safety,”
and click “Tracking Protection.” A window will pop up; select “Your Personalized List.”
We want to enable this list, so that Internet Explorer can “learn” which elements are advertisements.
Next, we will want to click settings, and click “Automatically Block,” so Internet Explorer
will block what it detects as advertisements. Go ahead and click “OK.” While we’re in here, we might as well enable
another feature – click “Search Providers,” and check “Prevent programs from suggesting changes to my default search provider.” This will prevent your search results from being “hijacked.” Lastly, let’s go ahead and install some ad-blocking lists. Click the “Tracking
Protection” item, and click “Get a Tracking Protection List online.” A new window with a list of lists will appear.
A couple I recommend are the “Unconnect” list from Privacyplz, “Stop Google Tracking,” and
the Privacy Online list. Now, let’s see it in action. Here, we have
loaded the YouTube homepage. Notice the blank space, as well as the icon in the address
bar. Turning off Tracking Protection will reveal that an ad was blocked. Turning off
Tracking Protection may be needed on the rare occasion that a website uses elements that are blocked on the list.