Ghostery for IE 2.4.2

July 6, 2011
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Hello Ghosterians!

A brand-spanking-new version of Ghostery for IE is ready for your downloading pleasure! Version 2.4.2 includes official support for IE9, better page scanning, and general under-the-hood performance improvements to make Ghostery in IE run faster than ever.

If you have a previous version of Ghostery for IE installed, you need to uninstall before you grab the new version. Ghostery behaves just like any other windows program when you want to uninstall: visit Control Panel > Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs. You’ll see Ghostery IE Plugin in the list. Select it, and click “Uninstall” or “Remove Program”.

Then pop over to the Ghostery download page and click the IE download link. You’ll get some noticesĀ  to make sure you really want to install Ghostery… just let IE know that we’re cool and everything’s going to be fine. Restart IE when the installation is finished, and you’ll be exploring the Internet with Ghostery!

(Note: Our download page has shown that the current version is 2.4.2 for a little while – that was just a numbering slip-up on our part. 2.4.2 is the new-and-improved version.)

The Ghostery team wants to give a special thanks to all the folks who volunteered to beta test this new version – your feedback was super valuable. We can’t do this stuff without our awesome user community, and we really appreciate hearing from you. If you have any comments or questions about this new version, comment here on the blog or hit us up at info (at) ghostery (dot) com.

Thanks, as always, for using Ghostery!

Happy Browsing,
Andy K
Ghostery Product Manager

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36 Responses to Ghostery for IE 2.4.2

  1. Harold Lietz on August 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I downloaded Ghostery, but I can’t figure out how to install and use.
    Please help.

    • adam on August 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm


      What browser do you use?


  2. Michael on August 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm


    I’ve used Ghostery with Firefox for a couple years now. I’m switching back to IE because of the new release policy and changes being made with FireFox 4/5. I downloaded Ghostery for IE9 and it seemed to install ok, but I can’t figure out how to change options or block trackers that show up in the purple box. I get the purple box, but that’s it. Nothing at the bottom of the screen like I got in FF where I could get into the options to make changes. Manage addons in the IE Tools menu doesn’t give me any options either. Can you tell me how to get into the options when installed in IE9?


  3. randy on October 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I am Using IE7/8 and I have no problem with Ghostry . You guys rock !!

  4. Johs on October 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

    HI, I downloaded Ghostery for IE and confirmed the plug-in installation, after which I just got a screen showing “Ghostery IE Plugin Installation” (in a box). But even after 10 min, nothing else happened. I use IE version 9.0.8112.16421 64-bit. Can you advise? Thanks!

    • adam on November 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Johs,

      Does this video help?


      • on March 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm

        Same problem here–I have IE9 and when I try to install Ghostery all that happens is that I get a “permanent” screen showing “Ghostery IE Plugin Installation.” Nothing else. The video is not helpful because it shows a yellow popup where you can give permission to run ActiveX controls for the installation; with my IE9 this doesn’t ever happen–there is NO popup at all, and apparently no way to continue the installation…

      • rdm on October 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

        That helped me, I think… but not enough. (Jumping in on this year-old conversation because it seems vaguely relevant to my current situation.)

        I had installed ghostery earlier and then shut down third party add-ons. So I got the message “Ghostery IE Plugin Installation” after approving an install (the request for approval, by the way, appeared at the bottom of my browser rather than the top — no big deal, but perhaps worth noting).

        But the thing that the video tried to tell me is that the addon could be installed but hidden — but I did not see a toolbar option for it. But what I did see was that under “Manage add-ons” in my Tools menu (the gear that says “Tools” if I click on the browser window and then leave the mouse hanging over the gear), Ghostery was disabled. So I re-enabled it.

        And then installed it again. And stopped and restarted my browser and stuff…

        Still not seeing any evidence that ghostery is running, though. I’ve even, under Internet Options -> Seurity set the internet zone to its default (or what passes for that, this being a domain instance of windows)…

        Anyways, I get the idea that Ghostery is really not designed to deal with all the variability that can exist in IE contexts.

  5. randy on November 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Hi , I am not on IE7 or 8 . I move on to 9 and using 2.4.2 and have no problem

  6. Jim on November 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Hi, I have just found Ghostery, and think it is great. But, just one question: you monitor all my web connections, but, who monitors you?

    • adam on November 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      We don’t collect any data unless you opt into GhostRank! If you do, you can trust us. We’ve written about it extensively. No pressure, though – our panel is completely optional.

  7. ie 7 for mac on February 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Awesome as normal, keep up the good work!

  8. Tom on March 4, 2012 at 3:12 am

    it will not completely uninstall via any attempt. How do I get rid of this damn thing

  9. James on March 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Is there a way to have Ghostery 2.4.2 to run as soon as Internet Explorer
    program is started automatically??? Every time I sart up IE I need to
    select on the Ghostery icon and go to options to select GhostRank and then
    I have to go to Blocking and then select the blocking options to have Ghostery 2.4.2
    to run correctly. I want to know if there is a way I would not have to
    get it to run.

  10. Joe on March 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I recently installed Ghostery on IE 8. I have been using Firefox. I am not finding a way to update Bug Lists which is located on the Tools dropdown in Firefox. Am I missing it? Maybe Ghostery for IE auto updates?

  11. Wakkierob on April 13, 2012 at 5:55 am

    If think it’s a great tool knowing google and elsewhat ain’t collecting info on your every move and giving it away to Tom Dick and Harry.

    But unfortunity it dosn’t work for IE9 yet at least it doesn’t install on my browser
    I tryed and every time it fails before the last finished bit!

    Still some work to do on there part I think oh well the thought was nice!

  12. russ on April 17, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I have Ghostery installed, but cannot access (nor even find) the setup.
    It shows the purple box with who is tracking, but not how to block them.
    Running Safari 5.1.5 on Mac OSX 10.6.8.

    • adam on April 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Hi – you can access Ghostery’s options by clicking on the Ghosty icon in your browser, and then the gears in the lower lefthand corner of the dropdown. You can also go into Safari’s preferences menu, click on “extensions” and gain access from there.

  13. Fred Whipple Jr on April 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Hi I installed Ghostery with FireFox as my web browser now I cannot access words with friends on face book what can I do to get that game to show up? I am not that learned on using a computer other than my email and some web browsing Please tell me how I can get back the game so I may play it with my friends.

    • adam on May 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Fred,

      Thanks for using Ghostery. Certain content can track you, and when this happens Ghostery blocks it. You can go into the extension’s options by clicking on the Ghosty icon in your toolbar, and then whitelist

  14. carolyn crawford on May 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Under control panel, under add/remove I can find no icon or anything that says Ghostery. It’s really screwing up my computer. PLEASE HELP ! Many thanks

  15. Mimi Barker on May 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve installed (uninstalled and re-installed)several times but nothing happens.
    There’s no icon and nothing I can access. I have Internet Explorer 9. I can see
    it downloaded fully in programs. What can I do?
    Thanking you in advance,
    Mimi Barker

    • adam on May 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm


      Thanks for using Ghostery. Can you please submit this to support at ghostery dot com? This helps us to track issues/feature requests.

  16. Confused on May 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Hello. When I hit the link to download for internet explorer, I only see a small box that says, Ghostery web-installer / Ghostery Plugin Installation. Nothing else appears and nothing happens. I do not have any previous Ghostery installed. Anyone have any ideas?

    • Plomong on June 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

      I have the same problem, using IE 8.0.6001.18702.

      Told me Ghostery Installation Complete. Ghostery appears in Control Panel/Install or Remove Programs, and in IE Complements (Add-Ins) but there is nothing added to toolbars, nor are there additional icons on screen — nothing.

      What could be the problem ???

  17. Lk98 on May 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Ghostery worked fine in my Internet Explorer for the first few days I had it installed and then all of sudden I can’t use some commenting sites like Disqus, even though it I ‘whitelisted’ it. Is there a fix? If not, how do I uninstall Ghostery? It doesn’t appear in My Programs for uninstalling or even appear in my IE Add Ons list.

    • adam on May 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm


      Thanks for using Ghostery. Can you please submit this to support at ghostery dot com? This helps us to track issues/feature requests and address them as quickly as possible!

  18. Rhoda on September 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I am having trouble using Ghostry on IE 9 also. No icon on desktop and no “Ghost” at bottom like I have on FireFox. There is no way to get options plus Ghost doesn’t stop any trackers because the black box in upper right corner doesn’t come up. Have these problems been address? I do not see a new and better addition but the program I already have. Please fix this for IE 9 – I love using Ghostry on my other computer with Firefox.

  19. John Horak on September 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Any hint on what might cause this problem?
    I have IE-8. When I try to load Ghostery, the loading screen pops up and sits quietly for maybe 5 seconds, then things go south. Most times (~5 out of ~6), a couple things go by on the screen in <0.1 seconds, and IE would give a message saying IE was trying to recover the page and then another screen pops up saying "We were unable to return you to Internet Explorer has stopped trying to restore this website. It appears that the website continues to have a problem." One time the process locked up and I was able to see the following messages: "This website wants to install the following ad-on: Ghoster IE plugin ActiveX installer fro Evidone Inc. If you trust the website and the add-on and want to install it click here." I was not given a chance to do the clicking because simultaneous an error popped up saying "The instruction and "0x04870068" referenced memory at "0x04870068". The memory could not be "written"." and IE locked up and I had to use ctrl-alt-del to kill IE.

  20. jenny on December 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    It must do so in Firefox.
    And in IE9 it almost does not work. This is a big minus for the product. If it will be normal for IE9 as well as the same setting then the product will be very popular.

  21. James on December 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Looking to uninstall Ghostery. You product will not remember its settings. Each time I go to a web page have to go to options and recheck all boxes. using IE 9.

  22. A.Newman on February 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I just installed vers. 1.26 on Windows 7 home premium ed. and the install goes to where the screen says,”Ghostery is loading…” After 5-6 minutes there is no change and the Ghostery icon just continues to blink. I first deleted the previous vers. I had(2.52) then installed the newest vers. 1.26 After the first failure to install, I deleted it and rebooted and retried again, with the same result. The icon has not appeared on the IEX 9 browser nor has it blocked any tracking beacons. It is shown as installed in the Programs and features program though. Any more info you need?

  23. ArK on May 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I cannot find ghostery ie download in the page.

    • Pete on May 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Hi ArK, Ghostery for IE is down for maintenance. We will have it up soon.. I can email you when its ready for production if you would like.

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