After looking at some of the queries that are going to my article on how to fix the computer CPU speed, I noticed that some of you are having difficulty trying to uninstall the Yahoo toolbar from your IE browsers. Initially, this little application can be useful for many things such as customization, email alerts, search, bookmarks, or enabling tabbed browsing. However, many of us already have these capabilities built into other programs, so eventually the toolbar becomes redundant and simply clutters up the browser interface. I wound up getting the toolbar installed unintentionally because it apparently comes bundled with the Yahoo messenger service as well as SBC Yahoo DSL.
Fortunately, removing the pesky Yahoo toolbar from IE7 or earlier versions is not terribly difficult. There are two basic methods for this: you can either use the toolbar interface itself or go through the Windows Add/Remove Programs settings.
To remove the Yahoo toolbar from Internet Explorer using its own interface:
- Open your IE browser if you have not done so already.
- Look at the Yahoo toolbar and find the little pencil icon. Click on this and select the Uninstall option.
- When you get to the Uninstall page, select (surprise!) Uninstall.
- After the removal utility finishes running, close your IE browser to complete the process and then re-open it to make sure that the toolbar has been removed.
To remove the toolbar through Add/Remove programs:
- Go to Start >> Control Panel.
- Click on the “Add or Remove Programs” icon.
- When the currently installed programs list populates, find the entry for the Yahoo toolbar and click the Change/Remove button.
- Close IE, re-open it, and make sure that the toolbar is gone.
After uninstalling, you may want to run a registry scan to make sure that any leftover registry entries or other extraneous data does not remain on your computer. Over time, these types of unnecessary files from uninstalled programs can accumulate and eventually slow down your system.
Meanwhile, if you still have trouble removing the toolbar or have other pesky applications that refuse to uninstall through normal methods, you can try a faster, more comprehensive removal tool such as Perfect Uninstaller. In my next article, I will discuss how to get rid of Yahoo toolbar in the Firefox browser, which is the one that I currently use most frequently.