How to Disable Internet Explorer Add-Ons in Windows 7

By Tyson Cliffton

It's easy to start piling the add-ons onto your Internet Explorer toolbar. You can add search engine add-ons, weather add-ons, sports add-ons, stock market add-ons, health add-ons and many others. You will choose to install some of these add-ons, but some websites will install Internet Explorer add-ons on your computer without your knowledge. All add-ons have the potential to slow down your Internet Explorer browsing experience. It's always a good idea to go through the list of add-ons and disable any add-ons that either you didn't install or that you no longer use on a regular basis.

Temporarily Disable Internet Explorer 7 and 8 Add-Ons

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer and then click the "Start" button in the lower-left corner of your screen.

Step 2

Click "All Programs" in the Start menu.

Step 3

Click "Accessories" and then click "System Tools."

Step 4

Click "Internet Explorer (No Add-ons)." Add-ons will be disabled in your current Internet Explorer browsing session and in that session only. Internet Explorer add-ons will be enabled in any Internet Explorer sessions you open outside of your current browsing session.

Permanently Disable Internet Explorer 8 Add-Ons

Step 1

Open a new Internet Explorer session.

Step 2

Click "Tools" in the Internet Explorer toolbar.

Step 3

Click "Manage Add-ons."

Step 4

Click "All add-ons" that appears beneath "Show."

Step 5

Select the add-on that you want to permanently disable. After you make your selection, click "Disable." Repeat this process until you have disabled all of the add-ons that you want to permanently disable. Click "Close" when you have finished removing add-ons.

Permanently Disable Internet Explorer 7 Add-Ons

Step 1

Click the "Start" icon in the lower-left corner of your screen.

Step 2

Click "Internet Explorer."

Step 3

Click "Tools." Hold your mouse pointer over "Manage Add-ons" and then click "Enable or Disable Add-ons."

Step 4

Click "Add-ons that have been used by Internet Explorer" beneath the "Show" section.

Step 5

Select the add-on that you no longer want to appear in your version of Internet Explorer. Click "Disable." Repeat this process until you have disabled all of the add-ons that you want to permanently disable. Click "OK" when you have finished removing add-ons.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you think an add-on is slowing down your Internet browsing experience, temporarily disable all of your add-ons after opening up a new browser session. Resume your browser session to see if disabling the add-ons had an impact on your browsing session. If disabling the add-ons improved your browsing experience, experiment by permanently disabling different add-ons to see which add-ons are slowing down your Internet Explorer browser.
  • You can always enable add-ons that you permanently disable at a later date if you decide you want the add-on back in your version of Internet Explorer.