simple-adblock is NOT the adblocking for IE you were looking for (do not install simple-adblock). Sure it does hide ads better than most IE addons, but it is sneaky-ware with less than honorable intentions.
Is this an appropriate IE plugin? Are you comfortable with it assigning you a unique id (much like chrome) and logging your username and computername? If major privacy issues are not your concern this might be the adblock plugin for you.
http://threatexpert.com/report.aspx?md5=6c1d150eca6d1a7a5574380a484dc76f ver 079
Two files storing your uniqueness:
Plus some phone home issues.. only with uniqueness can these be used
18.104.22.168 is shared (same A record) with some questionable (SEO) domains:
digging a bit deeper
ad aid? it seems to store mirrors, albeit old mirrors, of easylist
or are they?
simple-adblock.com NS ns2.adaidproject.org
but wait there’s more
danish 2 english
“18 September fell cited: Aidonline concept is crystal clear illegal!”
setting aside the evil here are the good points (which do not justify use)
supports the AdBlock Plus format (fully?)
In your personal filter file you can add your own filter rules. For the changes to take effect, you need to open a new tab or window (note in IE 6 and IE 7 you need to open a new window)
The filter rules are identical to the format defined by adblockplus, hence you can copy your own filter list created with Adblockplus to this file. The filter format is defined in: http://adblockplus.org/en/filters
has element hiding, too
donationware? or faustianware?
MSDN IE developers thread
some interesting points from IE simple-adblock FAQ
Q: Can I edit my own filters with simple adblock?
Simple Adblock is supposed to be easy for everyone to use. Therefore that is not an option, but we are working on a way to make it easy to edit filters and hide elements.
Until then we have made a temporary workaround: personal filters
the downside of simple-adblock: it appears to generate and log unique user ids for each install. creepy, yes? But wait there’s more stop-aidonline.dk
IE adblockers in descending order of awesomeness (ignoring all downsides)
simple-adblock > adblock pro > quero > adblock IE > privoxy > IE8 inprivate > adbrick > proxomitron > ad muncher > hosts
IE8 is extremely far behind firefox in adblocking, annoyance removal, and security widgets. T
simple-adblock for the low low price of waiving privacy for equally questionable security. simple-adblock is NOT the adblocking for IE you were looking for
This leaves it a tossup for addons between adblock pro (shareware) and quero
Seth Wisely said: simple-adblock has the best potential but has outstanding privacy concerns