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Web browser problems?

Asked by tb1570 (3113points) February 5th, 2009

I use Internet Explorer with a Google tool bar. Recently my google toolbar has disappeared and I can’t get it to re-activate. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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cage's avatar

You’re using IE. That’s a problem.

damien's avatar

Internet Explorer should be banished. I know it’s not solving your problem, but you should try switching to a better browser. Take Firefox or Chrome for a spin.

damien's avatar

You beat me to it cage!

richardhenry's avatar

Firefox and Chrome have Google search built in. They’re free and faster than IE. Try them.

eponymoushipster's avatar

Firefox for the win!

Chrome is good, but it’s only for Windows right yet. Also, starting this week, I noticed Chrome Incognito mode won’t let me access Facebook or Google Docs. This is a new problem.

So Firefox!

jrpowell's avatar

I would suggest uninstalling the toolbar and reinstalling it. If that doesn’t work, I don’t know.

But, keep in mind that tb1570 might not be able to switch browsers. Think computer at work. Or a computer that has to access a page that only works in IE.

steve6's avatar

I’ve been using apple safari because it is simple and has a spellcheck. Loads ultra fast too.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@johnpowell true. i still got chrome to install at work, even with a very locked down network system.

and there’s always the option of thumbdrive versions of some of these options.

but yeah, if the page requires IE, you’re stuck. mostly.

tb1570's avatar

@johnpowell : thank you! You are exactly right! And I have to tell you, I have tried firefox on my home computer and was not overly impressed—it seems super slow! But that could be do to the fact that I live in China, though I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it.

Grisson's avatar

When IE gets real slow, I recommend going into the Add-ons maintenance screen and disabling every single one of them.
Zoom! you will be fast again.

Then, as you discover things that no longer work, go back in and re-enable the needed Add-on. (e.g. Adobe, or Flash, Google toolbar). But notice what makes your browser start to go slow.

Then ask yourself: Is it IE that sucks? Or is Google Toolbar as implemented for IE that sucks?

Vincentt's avatar


Anyway, you might be able to right-click somewhere at the top (I wouldn’t really know where, in Firefox I can do it on the Home, Refresh, Stop, etc.-buttons) and then make sure something like “Google Toolbar” is checked or something.

kullervo's avatar

I agree with the first posts – if at all possible switch to Firefox or Chrome. If you have no choice then try disabling the toolbar then re-enabling it.

How to do this depends on which version of IE are you using. If it’s IE7 try using the Tools menu. Tools > Toolbars > – you should then see the name of the toolbar you want. Try toggling enable/disable to see if it comes back. Failing that re-install the toolbar.

For IE6 you need to go to VIEW > Toolbars and try disable/enable trick or reinstall. If that still fails contact your internal IT dept that is forcing you to use this horrible browser to fix it or install a better browser.

tb1570's avatar

@kullervo thanks for the hints! I’ll give it a shot!

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