Are my add-ons worth it?

If you use Internet Explorer 9, you’ve probably noticed the new yellow notification bar. One of the things the notification bar tells you is that an add-on might slow down your computer’s performance. The notification also tells you how to disable the add-on or fix the problem.

Add-ons supplement your browser with ActiveX controls and extra features, such as toolbars.  

Some add-ons might slow down your computer, but it’s really up to you whether you want to keep using an add-on despite the slowdown. You can use the Add-On Performance Advisor to help identify add-ons that might be slowing you down.

In Internet Explorer 9, if you want to see the add-ons that are already installed, click the tools menu (gear icon ), and then click Manage Add-ons.

For more information, see:

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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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6 comments
  1. Anonymous

    Interesting comments, but I believe I am using IE 8. Any suggestions??  Thankx

  2. Anonymous

    How do you turn the yellow notification bar off for good? It's annoying. The majority of us know we can turn off our add-ons to speed things up. If we wanted to do this we would have.

  3. Tradition

    This is very true. One recent experience that I got involved with using add-ons was this.

    Title: ‘DMV’ website wants to run Add-on ‘MSXML 5.0’ from ‘Microsoft Corporation’

    Details: Running ‘IE9’ on my laptop with ‘Windows Vista Home Premium’ apparently does not have ‘MSXML 5.0’ installed as an add-on. I can view the ‘DMV’ website and browse through the content without running the request from this particular website. ‘IE9’ shows the notification at the bottom of the webpage stating ‘This webpage wants to run the following add-on: ‘MSXML 5.0’ from ‘Microsoft Corporation’. What’s the risk? (link) and an ‘Allow’ button with a down arrow next to it. Also an x (close) check box. Is this a necessary add-on? Or is it malware?

    I entered this into ‘Microsoft Answers’ and received a prompt reply including a link that would explain all the technical stuff.

    This was my comment to the reply.

    Now I understand why I couldn’t find ‘MSXML 5.0’ under add-ons on my laptop using ‘IE9’and ‘Windows Vista Home Premium.’ After checking up on the “official technical stuff” you provided with that link from ‘MSDN’ I found that ‘MSXML 5.0’ is provided when using ‘Microsoft Office’ application program(s). At this time I am not using ‘Microsoft Office’ as an application program. And only have the older ‘MSXML 3.0’ add-on version in ‘IE9’ currently. Thanks!

  4. Anonymous

    Do not have Expl 9 as am still on dial-up in remote rural area and I have no idea what an "add-on" is anyway?

  5. Anonymous

    what do we do bout managing add-ons if we have a pc that still has internet explorer 8?

    thank u

  6. Anonymous

    I upgraded to IE9 and i couldn't get my adobe reader to work. I had to go back to IE8. I liked IE9 but didn't know what to do to fix my reader.

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