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How to disable third-party tool bands and Browser Helper Objects

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This article describes the steps to disable the third-party tool bands and Browser Helper Objects that you installed for use with Internet Explorer. You may have to disable these features when you have to troubleshoot Internet Explorer problems.

How to disable third-party tool bands and Browser Helper Objects

To disable the tool bands and Browser Helper Objects, follow these steps:  
  1. Close all instances of Internet Explorer, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Internet Options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Under Browsing, click to clear the Enable third-party browser extensions (requires restart) check box.
  5. Restart Internet Explorer.
These steps change the value data for the "Enable Browser Extensions" string value to "No" in the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
 A tool band is a band object that was introduced with Internet Explorer 5 to support the Radio Toolbar feature. This feature can put a window on a band that is contained by the Rebar control that holds the toolbars in Internet Explorer. For additional information about tool bands, visit the following Microsoft website:  Browser Helper Objects are Component Object Model (COM) components that Internet Explorer loads whenever it starts. These objects run in the same memory context as the browser and they can perform any action on the available windows and modules. For developer information about Browser Helper Objects, visit the following Microsoft website: 

Article ID: 298931 - Last Review: 08/25/2010 17:40:00 - Revision: 7.0

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