Are Internet Explorer add-ons safe?

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
  • 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
    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

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About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    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.

  2. Anonymous

    Tried to download explorer 9 – nothing happens

  3. Anonymous

    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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