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Websites often add toolbars to their pages that do not install on your computer. They will show in your browser whether you sign up for the service or not.

I could not find any reference to Meebo bar on your site. I used Firefox 11 with the add-on Adblock Plus. I noticed that I have the bar at the bottom of my screen. I noticed it when I was on the TV Guide web page. I don't need it for IM, which is what an internet search said it is for, and I really don't like anything unexpected showing up. Is it bad and how can I remove it?

In this excerpt from Answercast #17, I look at the Meebo tool bar that is appearing at the bottom of some websites. They pose no danger to your computer.

Meebo bar on a website

The Meebo bar that you find at the bottom of many web pages is not a toolbar in your browser and it's not anything that's been installed on your PC.

All it really is, is another one of these toolbar-like things that some websites happen to use. In other words, it's a part of the website and not something you can control directly.

Where does it come from?

I don't use Meebo. And I don't have the Meebo bar installed or anything related to Meebo installed on my machine and yet, when I went to the TV Guide website, like you did, at the bottom of the screen, there was the Meebo bar.

There's really not much you can do about it.

It poses no danger

All you can really do, I suppose, is vote with your feet and not go to sites that use that. In reality, I suspect that it's a minor annoyance. It's not really anything bad, especially since you're not using anything Meebo related.

So I would basically end up just living with it.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Jimmy Grant
May 16, 2012 12:27 AM

Meebo has an option to hide the toolbar. On the right side are two downward facing chevrons. Just click on them and Meebo hides. I've found that it hides the toolbar for the entire time I'm on a website.

Chuck
May 16, 2012 11:41 AM

Add Ghostery into your web browser and it will block Meebo as well as the other background services that are added into almost all websites.

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