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Are Internet Explorer add-ons safe?

Are Internet Explorer add-ons safe?

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Last week we released the newest version of the Microsoft web browser, Internet Explorer 9. With this new version we also introduce the Add-on Performance Advisor which helps keep you safe from add-ons that might slow down your browser.

Internet Explorer 9 is free. Download it now.

Web browser add-ons are pretty much what they sound like. They're features that you can add on to your browser to make it faster, more efficient, or just more fun. In Internet Explorer 9 if an add-on is slowing down your web browsing experience, you'll see a warning in the notification bar that tells you how to disable the add-on or fix the problem.

In Internet Explorer 9 you can see the add-ons that you already have installed by clicking the gear icon, and then clicking Manage Add-ons.

 Some examples of add-ons are:

  • Accelerators that let you select a word on a website to get the dictionary definition
  • Extra toolbars to help you search faster
  • Animated mouse pointers
  • Stock tickers
  • Pop-up ad blockers

See more add-ons at the Internet Explorer Add-ons Gallery.

As with any other software download, there is a risk that an add-on might include malicious software. So before you download a new add-on, consider whether the increase in speed, efficiency, and fun is worth that risk.

To help protect yourself against dangerous add-ons:

  1. Download software from a site that you trust, such as the Internet Explorer Add-ons Gallery.
  2. Use a firewall.
  3. Use automatic updating to keep your operating system up-to-date. And don't forget to turn on automatic updating for the add-on itself. If that's not an option, then check for updates periodically from the publisher.
  4. Use antivirus software and antispyware software such as Microsoft Security Essentials and keep it updated.

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  • I can not get this to work. IE 9 does not want to install.

    I tried the patches that I found on google and they do not see to work. Therefore I can not try this. Would you please fix this? Or provided better patches to get IE9 to work on Windows Xp.

  • Tried to download explorer 9 - nothing happens

  • I have a question, not a comment.  I have a Windows 7 64-bit PC. I am currently using IE8. I have been told by some that the new IE9 slows down a Windows 7 64-bit computer.  Is this True ot False?

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