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Thread: Managing IE Add-ons

  1. #1
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    What Are Add-ons?

    Microsoft Internet Explorer add-ons are software components. When you visit a Web site, Internet Explorer add-ons may be downloaded automatically, or you may be prompted to download an add-on. For some add-ons, you might specifically visit a Web site to obtain the latest add-on for Internet Explorer. These components may be third-party ActiveX controls that extend browser function or that provide special user interface elements in Internet Explorer. You can manage your add-ons by using the Manage Add-ons feature.

    How to Manage Them:

    To change the status, enable/disable them by:
    1. Start Internet Explorer.

    2. On the Tools menu, click Manage Add-ons.

    3. Click the name of the add-on.

    4. Use one of the following methods:

    ? Click Update ActiveX to replace the add-on with the current version. This option is not available for all add-ons.

    ? To enable an add-on, click Enable, and then click OK.

    ? To disable an add-on, click Disable, and then click OK.

    You schould restart IE so the changes of their status can finally take affect.


    It is alot of the time acceptable to use add-ons from trusted sources. Although, sometimes add-ons cause Internet Explorer to quit unexpectedly. Internet Explorer may quit unexpectedly if the add-on was poorly designed or if the add-on was created for an earlier version of Internet Explorer. When Internet Explorer quits unexpectedly, you may be prompted to disable the add-on. If Internet Explorer quits unexpectedly, try one or more of the following:
    ? Try to update the add-on.
    ? Disable the add-on, and then visit the same Web site. Verify that you have to have the add-on for the Web site.
    ? If the features of the add-on are needed for a Web site, or if the features of the add-on enhance your browsing experience, enable the add-on.
    When an add-on is blocked from installation because the publisher is blocked, the Manage Add-ons interface displays an additional category for add-ons that are blocked. When you visit a Web site, and that Web site uses an add-on that is blocked, you receive a notification in the status bar. The notification may indicate that some content cannot be displayed because one or more add-ons that are required are blocked. Or, the notification may indicate that an add-on that is required is disabled. You can enable a blocked add-on in the Manage Add-ons dialog box or in the notification in the status bar.

    For more information about publishers that are blocked, follow these steps:
    1. In Internet Explorer, click Help, and then click Contents and Index.
    2. In the Help dialog box, click the Search tab, type blocked publisher, and then click List Topics.
    You can use the Manage Add-ons feature to help troubleshoot other Internet Explorer issues that are frequently caused by third-party components. Add the Manage Add-ons feature to your troubleshooting practices.

    Troubleshooting the Manage Add-ons feature
    If you experience a problem when you use the Manage Add-ons feature, try the following:
    ? Log on to the computer as a different user, and then repeat the task. The configuration of disabled add-ons is stored on a per-user basis.
    ? Examine the following registry subkey for add-ons that are blocked:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Ext\Settings
    Each add-on that is blocked or disabled is represented by a subkey that has the class identifier (CLSID) of the add-on that is blocked. You can search for the CLSID in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry key to determine the add-on that each key represents.

    Note The Settings registry subkey is not created until at least one add-on is blocked or disabled.

    Disabling all access to add-on management:

    To turn off the Disable option and the Enable option for all add-ons, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
    2. Locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Inte rnet Explorer\Restrictions

    Note This registry subkey is available only in a domain environment where access to add-on management is disabled through a group policy by an administrator.
    3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
    4. Type NoExtensionManagement.
    5. Double-click NoExtensionManagement, and then type 1.

    The following are the values that you can specify:
    ? 0 - The user can enable or disable the add-ons.
    ? 1 - The user cannot change the status of any add-ons.

    6. Click OK, and then quit Registry Editor.
    To set this registry entry as part of Group Policy, follow these steps:
    1. In the Group Policy Object Editor, expand Computer Configuration or User Configuration.
    2. Expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, expand Internet Explorer, and then double-click the following policy setting:
    Do not allow users to enable or disable add-ons

    Note: This ONLY, applies to
    ? Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, when used with:
    Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

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  2. #2
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    Jan 2005
    Very nice guide! This will come in handy for the people that haven't seen the light that is Firefox.

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    Toronto, Canada
    Like me?

  4. #4
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    Jan 2005
    Originally posted by genesis@Jan 4 2005, 11:32 PM
    Like me?
    There are some disadvantages to Firefox though, like being unable to watch music videos on launch and having to reinstall plug-ins like Flash player.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    what about say a downloadable all add-on pack for ie....I know alot of ppl would appreciate it such as myself rather than going to different sites to download all of them.


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