How to Disable Adblock on Internet Explorer 9

by Jeff Grundy

There are a couple of ways to block unwanted pop-up ads in Internet Explorer. One is to download and install an "Adblock" type add-on in the browser, and the other is to use a block list in conjunction with Internet Explorer's InPrivate Filtering feature. While ad blocking blocks the vast majority of unwanted pop ups, it may also disable windows or features you need on some websites. Consequently, if your ad blocker is causing problems when attempting to view or use some sites, you may need to disable the feature temporarily.

Disable Adblock Add-On

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer 9, and then click the gear icon to open Settings. Select the "Manage Add-ons" option on the drop-down list. The Manage Add-ons window opens.

Step 2

Click the "Toolbars and Extensions" link in the left navigation pane of the Manage Add-ons window. Right-click the "Adblock" add-on name in the list, then click the "Disable" button.

Step 3

Click the "Disable" button in the confirmation window to disable the Adblock add-on.

Close the "Manage Add-ons" window.

Disable InPrivate Filtering

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer 9, and then click the gear icon to open Settings.

Step 2

Click "Safety" on the drop-down list.

Click the "InPrivate Filtering" value in the slide-out menu to remove the check mark next to it. Internet Explorer disables the InPrivate Filtering option. After disabling the InPrivate Filtering feature, Internet Explorer displays ads and pop-ups blocked by the filter.


  • You can toggle InPrivate Filtering and off using the "Ctrl-Shift-F" keyboard shortcut. Press the "Ctrl-Shift-F" keys once to turn InPrivate Filtering on, and then press the keys again to disable the feature.
  • You can also add "whitelist" sites to InPrivate Filtering, so that you don’t have to disable the feature every time to you return to site that requires legitimate pop-up windows. To do this, first navigate to the website for which you want to allow ads or pop-up windows. Click "Settings," "Safety" and then "InPrivate Filtering." Select the "Choose content to block or allow" option, then scroll down to the name of the website in the "Content Provider" column. Click the "Allow" button, then click "OK."

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