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Toolbars in Internet Explorer can be handy, but each means less room for web pages. We look at steps to get rid of most toolbars in Internet Explorer.
I have two extra tool bars on my computer when I go out on the internet, one is Google and one is Yahoo. I don't know how exactly they were put up but they take up too much of my screen room. Can you tell me how to get them taken off?
Naturally it depends on just what you mean by "taken off".
And of course, it also depends on the specific toolbar.
Yahoo and Google's toolbars are pretty well behaved, so let's look at your options.
If you want to just make them disappear, with the option of getting them back later when you think they might be useful, just hide 'em.
Right click on, oh, say the Google logo in the Google toolbar, you should get a popup list of all the tool bars, with check marks indicating which are displayed:
(You can see I have a few.) Uncheck the ones you don't want - you many need to uncheck "Lock the Toolbars" first so you can make changes.
The toolbars you uncheck will still be available later, if you want to enable them again.
If you just want them gone permanently, then the right thing to do is to uninstall them.
In Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, if you scroll down the list you should find an entry for the toolbar you care about:
Click on Change/Remove or Uninstall for the toolbar you're concerned about, and follow any instructions to remove it. The next time you start your browser it should be gone.
I called Yahoo and Google's toolbars "well behaved" because they install at your request (or, occasionally as an clearly optional component of some other software you might install), and they actually have an uninstall procedure that works. Many toolbars work exactly that way.
There are many other toolbars that do not. These fall into the realm of spyware, adware or just general malware. They are often installed without your permission, and are difficult to uninstall without help. That "help" typically takes the form of one of the better anti-spyware programs. Fortunately running anti-spyware software is something you should be doing anyway, and this will more often prevent these malicious toolbars from appearing in the first place.
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