How to Restore Add-ons in Internet Explorer

By Kefa Olang

Browser add-ons are applications that enhance your web browsing experience. They include applications such as toolbars, which allow you to search the web easily, video players and utilities to help organize files you download from the Internet. For your add-on to function, you have to enable it on Internet Explorer. If it is damaged, you can restore it using some simple steps and guidelines.

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer and click the "Tools" menu located on the top of your browser. Click "Manage Add-ons" to launch the add-on management window.

Step 2

Click the "All Add-ons" button on the left panel. Scroll through the list of installed browser add-ons and click the one you want to restore. Click "Enable" to activate it. Close and restart your browser.

Step 3

Uninstall and a reinstall a fresh copy of an Internet Explorer add-on that is causing browser problems. To do so, select the add-on you want to uninstall from the "All Add-ons" list located on the add-on management window. Click "Disable."

Step 4

Click the Windows "Start" menu and click the "Control Panel." Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" to launch the programs list if you are using Windows XP. For Windows Vista and 7 users, click "Programs" and click "Program and Features" to launch the programs list.

Step 5

Select the add-on you want to remove and click "Remove/Uninstall." Follow the guided prompts to finalize the uninstallation. If prompted, restart Internet Explorer.

Step 6

Go to the web page where you originally downloaded the add-on and reinstall it on your computer. If prompted, restart your browser one more time.