Using Hosts file will block ads and malware links
Another easy way to block ads so that IE8 will not display ads and block malicious or rogue websites is by using a Hosts file.
A Host file is either configured to connect to 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0 which is computer’s local host - in other words, your computer. If you will download and replace the existing internet Hosts file in Windows, Mac or Linux systems, any malicious or websites that is known serving ads will fail to load in IE8 or any other browsers. The location of the internet Hosts file in Windows is in:
Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2000: C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Examples of HOSTS file entries:
When you visit a website that is included in your Hosts file, IE8 will block it. IE8 will only display the content of the site you visited but not the ads.
Browsing using IE8 InPrivate Filtering and HOSTS file will not only prevent ads or malicious sites but will also make IE8 to load the webpage quickly which means you will not be distracted by any third party ads which can be malicious or will track your surfing habits!