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It's the website that you're visiting that's putting those social icons there, and there's really no way for you to turn them off.
I get "Likes", Send, Twitter, Google+1, Stumble Upon, Share, almost every time I click on a news article in my Yahoo and other internet sites. The site seems to come up fairly fast but then I have to wait for these things to load before I can move the mouse pointer in the site. How can I stop these irritating icons from loading?
In this excerpt from Answercast #66, I look at all those "Like" and "Share" icons on web pages.
Ultimately, I don't believe that you can.
The problem is that those icons are being placed there specifically by the site that you are visiting. In other words, heck... if you take a look at an Ask Leo! article, near the bottom of that article, you will see a couple of things about sharing it via email, liking it on Facebook, that kind of thing. Those things are there because I put them there.
Now, I've put them there in a way that I've tried to make as fast as is possible - because, as you know, speed matters.
Those are there because the web page designer for the page that you are visiting specifically put them there. And I know of no way to turn them off.
Now, I will give you one possible, low probability, possibility and that is: they might be getting put there by a toolbar you've got installed. I've never seen it but it could happen.
I've been trying to think of ways that those buttons would appear without having been placed there specifically by the web page itself. The only two things I can think of are:
Malware, I'm going to assume that you've done full and up to date scans for malware (I've never heard of malware that does this);
Or some kind of a toolbar that you've got installed in your browser that adds this, kind of, on top of the site.
So, excepting those two fairly unlikely possibilities, there really isn't that much that can be done. It's the website that you're visiting that's putting it there and there's really no way for you to turn them off.
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