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April 30, 2015

Internet Explorer to crack down on deceptive ads

Internet Explorer will start showing warning messages from 1st June.

By CBR Staff Writer

Following Google and Mozilla, Microsoft has also hardened its stance against deceptive ads by launching a programme to filter out misleading ads through its Internet Explorer browser.

Even though the company is preparing to replace its iconic browser with a new one called Microsoft Edge, it will start showing warning messages from 1st June if the browser detects any malicious ads.

Microsoft said in a blog, "There has been a recent increase in the number of online advertisements that are intentionally misleading in nature.

"We’ve found that these types of advertisements often try to convince a user to do something, the consequences of which they may not fully understand, such as visiting an infected website or downloading a programme that can negatively impact their browsing experience."

Internet Explorer users who have turned on their SmartScreen Filter feature will receive warnings if the browser detects any ads which could potentially trick users.

Microsoft is updating its evaluation criteria in its security products for detecting those deceptive ads.

"We are currently updating our evaluation criteria to address new technology changes, industry trends, customer feedback, and our desire to help better protect our customers," the blog post added.

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"We are working with the industry and our partners to understand and implement these changes."

According to the company, the advertisements should not trick users to visit another site or downloading files.

As per the updated evaluation criteria, an advertisement must be distinguishable from website content, must not be laced with malicious code, and must not prompt file downloads.

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