A few months ago my browser bar wasn’t so cluttered; how did these addons get on there?! Most popular browsers will come junkware free. For instance, installing Google Chrome is just the bare minimum; a browser and nothing more. However, browsers like Internet Explorer are sneaky and when you’re not paying close attention they’ll include browser addons and toolbars that you probably don’t care to have. This could be in the form of a pop up, browser bar message, or even during the installation of the browser. So, the question is, how do I get rid of them?
How To Get Rid Of Unwanted Toolbars and Addons
I will explain how to get rid of unwanted toolbars and addons in one of the more popular browsers known to man; Internet Explorer. This general understanding can be applied to most other browsers and can help you find what you’re looking for.
To get rid of unwanted toolbars and addons in Internet Explorer do the following:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Right-click on Tools (top right) and click ‘internet options’
- Select the tab ‘Programs’
- Finally, click on ‘Manage Addons’
Here, you will find a list of added programs, toolbars, and addons within Internet Explorer. Go through this list and delete whatever you don’t need. An unwanted commonly found addon to look out for is the ‘Ask Toolbar’. This pesky toolbar always finds itself installed on Internet Explorer and we never really wanted it to begin with. Any other junkware you find feel free to get rid of it.
Wrapping It All Up
If your browser has become cluttered with junkware like toolbars and other addons then use this post to get rid of them. Remember, watch out for popups, browser messages and installation programs. Most of these addons obtain your permission to install to begin with some sneaky way or another.