, also known as Active X controls, browser extensions, browser helper objects, or tool bars, can improve your experience on a website by providing multimedia or interactive content, such as animations. However, some add-ons can cause your computer to stop responding or display content that you don't want, such as pop-up ads.

If you suspect that browser add-ons are affecting your computer, you might want to disable all add-ons to see if that solves the problem.

To disable all add-ons temporarily:

  • Click the ' Start ' button, 
  • Click ' All Programs ', 
  • Click ' Accessories ', 
  • Click ' System Tools ', 
  • Click ' Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) '.

If disabling all add-ons solves the problem, you might want to use Manage Add-ons to disable all add-ons permanently and then turn on add-ons only as you need them. To disable an add-on, follow the steps below.

To disable add-ons by using Manage Add-ons:

  • Open Internet Explorer by clicking the ' Start ' button, and then clicking ' Internet Explorer' .
  • Do one of the following:

    • In Internet Explorer 8, click the ' Tools ' button, and then click ' Manage Add-ons ' .
    • In Internet Explorer 7, click the ' Tools ' button, point to ' Manage Add-ons ', and then click ' Enable or Disable ' Add-ons.
  • Do one of the following:

    • In Internet Explorer 8, under Show, click ' All Add-ons '.
    • In Internet Explorer 7, in the Show list, click ' Add-ons currently loaded in Internet Explorer '.
  • Click the add-on you want to disable, and then do one of the following:

    • In Internet Explorer 8, click Disable.
    • In Internet Explorer 7, under Settings, click Disable.
  • Repeat step 4 for every add-on you want to disable. When you are finished, click Close in Internet Explorer 8, or click OK in Internet Explorer 7.

This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

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