PostPoints tip: Ban browser toolbars
Is there a more useless software widget than the browser toolbar? Back when most people still used Microsoft's inept Internet Explorer 6, which lacked such helpful features as pop-up-ad blocking and Web-search shortcuts, there were good reasons to add extensions like the Google Toolbar that remedied those oversights. But when every two-bit software developer decided it would be to cool to ship his or her own browser toolbar (then opted to make versions of these toolbars for Mozilla Firefox, which doesn't need that kind of help) a half-decent idea got out of hand. Worse yet, too many of these things are distributed as a bundle with software you do want. So when some other, needed program's installer asks if it can plug a new toolbar into your browser, decline its offer unless you know what this add-on will do and why you'd want its extra features. You'll spare yourself some visual clutter on your screen, and your browser should be easier to maintain too.
May 5, 2009; 9:13 AM ET
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