Ghostery for IE Version 3.0.0 is Out!

February 14, 2013

At long last, we’ve released an updated version of Ghostery for Internet Explorer. We want to thank all of our IE Ghosterians for their patience, as it’s been a while coming. The first thing you’ll notice, after install, is that it looks totally different. That’s because we’ve updated it to look like the newer Ghostery products in other browsers as much as possible. It’s prettier, easier to navigate, and more customizable. The new panel shouldn’t take a lot of work to get used to, but if you have any questions, feel free to reach out on our support forums

The second thing you’ll see is that it detects tons more trackers. This is a result of us having more control over how to update the library for you. To that end, we highly suggest you turn on “Autoupdate” in Ghostery’s options, accessed either via the Setup Wizard or through Ghostery’s options, found in the lower part of the dropdown menu after clicking on the icon.

Finally, you’ll notice that it’s much faster. Not much else to say here except just that we’re all happy with the speed improvement! There are a few things you’ll need to watch out for, though.

Although we put a ton of thought and effort into this product, the fact remains that IE is not an ideal platform to program for when it comes to extensions, but we’re confident we can work around it. Please make sure you uninstall your old version of Ghostery for IE before installing the new one. Also, Ghostery for IE does not currently work on Windows 8, IE 10 or 64 bit Windows (32 bit runs by default on most Windows machines, anyway). And, because we had to use a 3rd party provider to make Ghostery for IE work efficiently, there are some smaller virus protection software makers that might mark it as against their rules (we’re actively working on this).

As always, we always appreciate your feedback. We’ll continue to improve Ghostery for IE based on your suggestions, so please, drop us a line! Happy Ghosting.

21 Responses to Ghostery for IE Version 3.0.0 is Out!

  1. Sporty on February 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Ghostery for IE does not currently work on Windows 8, IE 10 or 64 bit Windows (32 bit runs by default on most Windows machines, anyway).

    Does this mean windows 8 IE10 or Windows 8 and IE 10 no matter what the OS?

    • Pete on February 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Hi Sporty,

      Thanks for your interest in Ghostery..

      The issue is that Crossrider, which we used for the new version of IE, does not support IE 10. Windows 8 does not support any version of IE less than 10. So its a guilty by association thing. We have a ticket in to Crossrider to get the IE10 thing looked at.

  2. Nicolai on February 18, 2013 at 7:46 am


    It’s a pleasure to see you’re actively developing Ghostery for a number of platforms and browsers!

    I tried installing it on my work machine, on which I’m stuck with IE 9 and Symantec AV, but unfortunately the file Updater20900.exe was flagged as a security risk. I suppose this was to be expected, but I was wondering if you could update this post if/when you learn about updates to the AV vendors’ quarantine lists?

    Best regards,

  3. Alfred on February 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Run under admin account? Are you serious?

  4. Mike on March 2, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I just wanted to replace v2.4.2 with v3.0. I uninstalled v2.4.2 and then installed ghostery-ie.exe.
    When IE (9) opens right after installation, is loaded, the ghostery icon is shown and it says “Ghostery is loading… “, but nothing happens.

    Ghostery is listed with the addons in the addons manager, but there’s only one entry. The entry for the toolbar is missing.

    I wish I could go back to v2.4.2 but unfortunately I have not backup of that installer…
    There should definitely be a download section for older versions.

    Best regards,

  5. Blacklab on March 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I didn’t know NORTON (Symantec) was one of the “smaller virus protection software makers” as you explain above? A month on from putting tickets in with both you and Symantec nothing has happened? NIS 2013 still will not allow Ghostery-IE 3.0.0 to be installed.

    Version 2.4.2 will run happily on a NORTON protected machine. This would seem to be an obvious workaround for us users while you and Symantec continue this extended “stand-off” and seem unwilling or incapable of resolving this ridiculous state of affairs?

    So where can I, and other IE users, get a clean copy of Ghostery-IE 2.4.2 please?

  6. Tom Wolff on March 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Can you add me to the list to be notified when IE10 (for Win 7-64, in my case) will be supported. Loved Ghostery on IE9.

  7. Praveen on April 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I am looking forward for having you on Windows , IE 10.I loved it on firefox. Please make it happen …

  8. Nancy on April 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Please add me to the list to be notified when IE10 for Win 7-64 is released.

    • Pete on April 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm


      • Christoph on April 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

        It would be nice if you notify me too, when ghostery is ready for ie 10 on Windows 8.

        • Pete on April 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          Hi Christoph,

          Thanks for using Ghostery!

          Version 3.1.0 is out and is IE 10 compatible.

  9. Neville on April 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Like Nancy :-) Please add me to the list to be notified when IE10 for Win 7-64 is released.

    • Pete on April 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Neville,

      Thanks for using Ghostery!

      Ghostery 3.1.0 for IE is out and IE 10 compatible!

  10. Neville on April 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Oh! Have you considered Ghostery for SeaMonkey?

    • Pete on April 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Seamonkey is based off of Firefox, so installing the firefox .xpi file should work.

  11. Bill on April 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Please add me to the list to be notified when IE 10 for Win8 64bit is released.

    Many thanks

    • Pete on April 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for using Ghostery!

      IE 3.1.0 is out and IE 10 compatible..

  12. Roger on May 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Well it doesn’t work properly on my IE 10, Win 8 64 bit.
    When I try to login to my online banking website IE crashes. Remove Ghostery and it works.
    Also, the icon is just grey on a lot of sites. When I click on it, the drop down says “Not Scanned”. Yet on Firefox, 21, the same sites are scanned and I can use the same online banking service with Ghostery enabled.
    So I’ve uninstalled Ghostery for IE permanently.

  13. Howard Rothenburg on March 29, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Please add me to the list to be notified when IE10 for Win 7-64 is released.

    • Pete on March 30, 2014 at 1:01 am

      I’ve added you to the list Howard!

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