How to Disable Internet Explorer Add-Ons in Windows 7

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.

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Disabling some add-ons can speed up your browsing experience.

Temporarily Disable Internet Explorer 7 and 8 Add-Ons

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

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Click "All Programs" in the Start menu.

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

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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

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Open a new Internet Explorer session.

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Click "Tools" in the Internet Explorer toolbar.

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Click "Manage Add-ons."

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

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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

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

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Click "Internet Explorer."

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

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

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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.