How to Remove Unwanted Toolbars in Windows Internet Explorer

By Nick Davis

Accessing and downloading programs/utilities from the Internet opens your computer to a variety of unwanted add-ons and toolbars. The toolbars download automatically without warning and not only clutter your Windows Internet Explorer main toolbar, but also the overall display space in the browser. In addition to cluttering the browser, certain toolbars modify Internet Explorer's settings including your browser's home page to one associated with the toolbar. You can remove the unwanted toolbars and return Windows Internet Explorer to its original settings.

Removing toolbars via Windows Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer by clicking on the program's icon on your computer's "Desktop" or by clicking "Start," "All Programs," "Internet Explorer."

Step 2

Click "Tools">"Options." Select the "Programs" tab.

Step 3

Click on the "Manage add-ons" button under the heading "Manage add-ons."

Step 4

Select the toolbar name you want to remove. If you are unsure about a toolbar's name, look in the "Type" column for the word "Toolbar" to see which add-ons are toolbars.

Step 5

Click on the circle next to "Disable" to remove the toolbar from Windows Internet Explorer.

Step 6

Click "OK" when you are done removing toolbars from Windows Internet Explorer.Click "Apply">"OK" to close the Internet Options dialog box.

Removing toolbars by resetting Windows Internet Explorer

Step 1

Open Windows Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click "Tools," "Internet Options." Click on the "Advanced" tab.

Step 3

Click the "Reset" button under the "Reset Internet Explorer settings" heading. Click "Reset" when prompted. The resetting process will begin and you will be prompted when the process is complete.

Step 4

Click "Close">"OK." Click "OK" to close the Internet Options dialog box.

Step 5

Click "File">"Exit" to close Windows Internet Explorer.

Removing toolbars via main toolbar

Step 1

Open Windows Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Right-click on Internet Explorer's main toolbar at the top of the browser. A list of the toolbars installed within your browser will appear.

Step 3

Click the toolbar's name you would like to remove. The toolbar will disappear from under the main toolbar.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using an older version of Windows Internet Explorer that doesn't contain the "Tools" option, click "View">"Options" to access the Internet Options dialog box. Click the "General" tab. Click the check box(es) next to the toolbar(s) you want to remove under the "Toolbar" heading. Click "Apply">"OK" when finished.