Effects of Add-Ons on Your Computer

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Add-Ons are also referred to as ActiveX controls, browser extensions, browser helper objects, or toolbars depending on their type.

Add-Ons have various effects on your computer, which is important to know so as to decide whether you want to keep them enabled or disabled on your computer.

Add-ons, also known as ActiveX controls, browser extensions, browser helper objects, or toolbars, can improve your experience on a website by providing multimedia or interactive content, such as animations.

However, some add-ons can cause your computer to stop responding or display content that you don’t want, such as pop-up ads.

If you suspect that browser add-ons are affecting your computer, you might want to disable all add-ons to see if that solves the problem.

To disable the adds-on:

To disable all add-ons temporarily

    Click the Start button, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Internet Explorer (No Add-ons).

If disabling all add-ons solves the problem, you might want to use Manage Add-ons to disable all add-ons permanently and then turn on add-ons only as you need them. To disable an add-on, follow the steps below.

To disable add-ons by using Manage Add-ons

    Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Internet Explorer.

    Do one of the following:

        In Internet Explorer 8, click the Tools button, and then click Manage Add-ons.

        In Internet Explorer 7, click the Tools button, point to Manage Add-ons, and then click Enable or Disable Add-ons.

    Do one of the following:

        In Internet Explorer 8, under Show, click All Add-ons.

        In Internet Explorer 7, in the Show list, click Add-ons currently loaded in Internet Explorer.

    Click the add-on you want to disable, and then do one of the following:

        In Internet Explorer 8, click Disable.

        In Internet Explorer 7, under Settings, click Disable.

    Repeat step 4 for every add-on you want to disable. When you are finished, click Close in Internet Explorer 8, or click OK in Internet Explorer 7.

What is important t remember when dealing with add-ons, especially when downloading and installing is that some viruses may pose as add-ons; so you have to be careful and always keep your computer Anti-Virus protection active and updated.

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