IE 6.0 on this machine, no problems apart from four mains electrical failures between 16.30 and 18.00 hrs earlier! Computer, televisions and mains clocks failed, lighting etc restored within seconds. Annoying!
I have tried using IE7 and Firefox and get no adverts,are you sure you have not picked up a nastie,If using IE7 download this. click here that will stop flash objects and add's, from Jimmy14 thread,and I have used it for a fortnight with no problems.
woodchip, I am not sure which ad you are having problems with but I fully support your sentiment. I have stopped visiting several sites due to the intrusive ads. The best thing to do is vote with your feet - or do as has been suggested and use Firefox with an ad blocker.