When it comes to IE, it seems everyone wants a piece of it. While legitimate toolbars and other browser helper objects (BHOs) are fine, some aren't so legit or - at least - their presence is questionable. Here's how to disable unwanted add-ons in Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7.
Time Required: 5 minutes
- From the Internet Explorer menu, click Tools | Internet Options.
- Click the Programs tab.
- Click Manage add-ons.
- Click the Add-on you wish to disable, then click the Disable radio button. Note that this option will only be available when an Add-on is selected.
- IE7 users also have the ability to detele the ActiveX control. Follow the steps outlined above to select the ActiveX control, then click the Delete button found under Delete ActiveX. Note that this option will only be available when an ActiveX control is selected.
- Not all Add-ons in the list are active. To see which Add-ons are actively loaded with Internet Explorer, toggle the Show dropdown to view Add-ons currently loaded in Internet Explorer.
- Click OK to exit the Manage Add-ons menu
- Click OK to exit the Internet Options menu
- If a necessary add-on has been mistakenly disabled, repeat steps 1-3 above, highlight the disabled add-on, then click the Enable radio button.
- Close Internet Explorer and restart it for changes to take effect.