Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 · 2014-04-29 16:59 by Wladimir Palant

So far, Adblock Plus for Internet Explorer has been supporting every version Internet Explorer version still in use — including Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. This not only complicated development of Adblock Plus, our website and infrastructure had to support Internet Explorer 6 as well. This meant for example continuing to support the outdated SSLv3 protocol because the more secure TLS 1.0 protocol is turned off by default in Internet Explorer 6. After reviewing the current market share of Internet Explorer 6 and 7 we’ve decided that we should stop supporting them.

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Adblock Plus 1.1 for Internet Explorer released · 2013-10-08 18:04 by Wladimir Palant

Install Adblock Plus 1.1 for Internet Explorer

As with the previous release, this version is compatible to anything down to Internet Explorer 6. However, this version now also supports Enhanced Protected Mode (the default in Internet Explorer 11 under Windows 8.1) and is properly tested in Windows 8.1. Altogether, the improvements in this version:

  • Enhanced Protected Mode support.
  • Better user interface for update notifications.
  • Fixed a crash when files are being uploaded.
  • Fixed a hang sometimes happening in Internet Explorer 6.

There are still a few known limitations in this version. Also, some users are reporting Adblock Plus causing Internet Explorer hangs on Windows 8.1, so far we were unable to reproduce this issue despite identical configuration.

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File upload crash fixed · 2013-10-04 13:25 by Wladimir Palant

There have been a number of reports about Internet Explorer crashing on file upload when Adblock Plus is installed (e.g. this one). These issues should be resolved as of Adblock Plus 1.0.541 for Internet Explorer.

We’ve got a few reports of Adblock Plus still hanging Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 even with the previous development build. So far we weren’t able to reproduce these issues however.

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Fixed Enhanced Protected Mode support on Windows 8 · 2013-09-25 12:57 by Wladimir Palant

It seems that Enhanced Protected Mode support in the previous development build wasn’t quite working correctly, people using Windows 8 were experiencing hangs. This issue should be resolved in Adblock Plus for IE 1.0.537. Please help us test this new development build.

There is a crash when uploading email attachments that we would still like to fix before the release. Other than that no more changes are expected.

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Enhanced Protected Mode support in IE · 2013-09-19 08:10 by Felix Dahlke

Adblock Plus for IE 1.0.533 now supports Enhanced Protected Mode, which is available since Internet Explorer 10 and enabled per default in Internet Explorer 11.

So if you’re on IE10 or IE11 and disabled Enhanced Protected Mode to make Adblock Plus work, please enable it again and help us test it.

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Adblock Plus 1.0 for Internet Explorer released · 2013-08-13 17:15 by Wladimir Palant

Install Adblock Plus 1.0 for Internet Explorer

We proudly present you the first Adblock Plus release for Internet Explorer! While there is still much room for improvement, we feel that the current version is ready to be used. It is compatible to any Internet Explorer version down to Internet Explorer 6 with the following limitations:

  • Adblock Plus currently doesn’t support Enhanced Protected Mode of Internet Explorer 10, we expect that to be resolved in a follow-up release soon.
  • Metro mode Internet Explorer in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer in Windows RT currently cannot be supported, these are locked down environments that don’t allow any extensions.

Other than that we’ve resolved most of the issues our original development build was experiencing. The one issue remaining is the placement of the icon: Adblock Plus icon still shows up in the status bar and normally you will need to enable it manually to show it. Also, we are aware of some remaining inconsistencies in the way blocking and element hiding rules work in Internet Explorer compared to Firefox or Chrome, we will continue working on eliminating these.

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Working towards Adblock Plus for Internet Explorer · 2013-06-19 15:34 by Wladimir Palant

Remember this blog post of mine six years ago? Probably not. But you will certainly be happy to know that I was right: creating a usable ad blocker for Internet Explorer means tons of work. However, the goals of the Adblock Plus project got more ambitious since that post has been written. In order to change the web we need to provide all users with the option to run an ad blocker. This means that we could no longer ignore Internet Explorer and so a few months ago we started working on an Adblock Plus port to Internet Explorer.

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