Solved how do I disable add-ons?

March 10, 2016 at 05:39:48
Specs: Windows XP
what are add-ons anyway? The little loading indicating arrow often runs anti clockwise and pages fail to load.
Message says that I am not connected to the net but I certainly am, via a virgin wireless router

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#1
March 10, 2016 at 06:23:54
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If you think an IE add-on is causing the issue, open IE > Tools (press Alt if the menu bar is not showing) > Manage add-ons, click the drop-down ‘Currently loaded add-ons and choose ‘All add-ons’.

Go through the list for anything suspicious. The whole thing is reversible, so anything that you disable by mistake can be re-enabled.

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#2
March 10, 2016 at 07:02:43
See this:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/...

However addon's are not just used with Internet Explorer (IE), they can apply to any browser (eg Firefox or Chrome). If you are not using IE then let us know what you are using and we can advise. Most browsers have a facility to run without addons for test purposes.

Note that if you are using XP you should not be using IE as it is insecure.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
March 10, 2016 at 08:18:55
It might not be a bad call to run something like this as well

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...

::mike


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#4
March 10, 2016 at 08:26:57
Yeah, lousy name is not very helpful, plugins and extensions also misused terminology today for a widget basically. In Firefox one has control of add-ons under Tools in the Menu bar and they each can be enabled, disabled, or set to ask for permission to run. This is where Flash is to be found and it can be killed even if it's not exactly handy to do that. Plugins and extensions are also managed from the same area and those are different somehow...

If you'll right click on the two computers connection icon in the system tray and select 'repair' when you have inordinate delays on that there interwebby thing, I find it straightens out things such that all of a sudden hey the site is NOT down for maintenance after all as the first results page suggests, if you are lucky enough to even see that much from the trouble site.

Lee


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#5
March 10, 2016 at 12:39:17
Further to #2:

To temporarily run IE without any addons, add a space at the end of the shortcut target, followed by -extoff

To run Firefox without addons, use the same approach but it is space then -safe-mode

Definitely a good idea to run the freebie given in #3.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
March 11, 2016 at 03:09:37
thanks for this. It is not completely cured, but after disabling some things and enabling others, there seems to be noticeable improvement.

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#7
March 11, 2016 at 07:49:43
Good to hear. You might care to run this freebie as it is focussed on browser malware which could be the problem:

AdwCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
(blue Download button near top - not anything else on the page).
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Cleaning" button.

Copy/Paste the log on here if it finds anything so that we know what is going on.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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