Sunday, 8 January 2012

Pain With Toolbars

The idea of a toolbar is to help us browse webpages faster. Instead of typing the website names, we just click it from the toolbar, as long as the link we want to go is included. It acts as a shortcut to sites we usually visit. It serves like a  "list" of  our favourites or bookmarks, or can perform basic computer functionality like calculator and searches. It can also tell where we should be buying to save a little. A toolbar can any of this or all of this, depending on the toolbar you have downloaded. If it offers all of these functionalities or even just some of these, then the toolbar is worth keeping. If it doesn't, then there's no need for it and there's nothing wrong in deleting or disabling it from your browser. Especially when these toolbars are occupying most of the visible space of your browser window like the one below.

Where did they came from?

By downloading and installing different applications or programs, I've got herds of toolbars myself, three of which I made myself for the social groups I am in, and the rest from the apps that came with apps like google, avast, yahoo, etc etc. Even the top and well known companies come with toolbars. This is not only to help web surfers like us to make our lives easier, but also, they are a form of advertising and revenue making for these companies. Their toolbars display their affiliate companies, new products, and things they want us to see. I can say that it is easier to manage toolbars than websites. And these companies can follow you anywhere when their toolbar is already installed in your browser.

What's the effect of many enabled toolbars installed

Toolbars can be installed and start working straight away. Or they can be installed but can be disabled for a while. When they are enabled, because they are also applications, they can share with your computing's power, and have a bite of the bandwidth you are receiving. This translates to slowed computer response or slower browser response. So you need to decide which toolbar to keep and disable the rest. You can also uninstall it. And do not worry, the application that comes with it will not be uninstalled as well, it will stay installed until the time you take it off from your system.

How to find the toolbars installed?

In your browser(shown here is internet explorer), right click anywhere beyond the tabs(green squared) and a pop up box appears. You can see the enabled toolbars which are checked(yellow boxed).

How to disable the toolbars?

Make a selection of what do you want to see alongside your browser and just uncheck the others. The toolbar will reconfirm whether you want to disable it or not. Internet explorer can also give a calculation on how many seconds will it respond faster compared with the add-on being active.

 Another way of disabling it is to click the X before the toolbar(boxed in yellow).

 After tidying up, here's the result!

Remember that you just did disabled the toolbars, you have the option to uninstall it at control panel's  programs and features. But not to worry as long as they are disabled, they can not share any computing resources or internet bandwidth in your system. And do not worry about their sizes too, as they are not too huge that can take up a lot of disk space.

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