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    Why Google and other toolbars fail on IE 11


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    Why Google and other toolbars fail on IE 11


    By Fred Langa

    Over time, more and more browser add-ons — toolbars, helper objects, extensions, etc. — are having trouble with Internet Explorer 11. Here’s what’s going on and what you can do about it.

    Plus: Sorting out Windows Registry frustrations and misconceptions — some of which date all the way back to Windows 3.1!

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/why-google-and-other-toolbars-fail-on-ie-11/ (opens in a new window/tab).

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    For years I've used Your Uninstaller! available from ursoftware ( http://www.ursoftware.com/ ). It has yet to uninstall too much.

    It displays icons for each program installed on your computer (I've yet to see a program installed that was not in it's list of installed software). After installing any program I always open Your Uninstaller! to see what - in addition to the basic program - has been installed. I've seen some programs install many additional programs - such as a specific version of .NET software.

    When you click on an icon to uninstall a program, it first checks to see if the program has an uninstall function. If it does it starts with that function and then does it's own search of both your hard drive(s) and the registry to uninstall any pieces the program's uninstaller left behind).

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    I remember when many programs installed entirely to their own folder. You could even copy the whole thing to another computer and it would generally work, perhaps with a little tweaking of the ini file. Most of the changes since then have been positive, like Windows providing the printer and network functionality. But programs came to scatter stuff all over and Microsoft seemed to encourage this.

    I would add that some programs intentionally leave stuff behind so your settings are retained and so you can't just reinstall to restart the 30-day free period or whatever.

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    Hi Fred,
    This comment is to the last part of this article about the windows registry. I have hated the registry since it first appeared. I will buy a little of your explination, however, there is a very powerful multitasking operating system that manages to work with out it. It is called UNIX and its dirivitive Linux. Why could they do it and not MS?

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