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Remove unwanted toolbars from any browser

Q. Kim, my kids accidentally installed a bunch of toolbars and plug-ins on our computer. I’m at the point I just want to re-install the entire browser, but I thought I’d ask you if there was an easier way I’m missing. Thanks!
- Amy from Sparks, NV, listens to my national radio show on KKOH 780 AM

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A. Unwanted toolbars and plug-ins squeeze the fun out of going online, Amy. They can hijack your home page, add clutter to your screen and make your browser sluggish.

In a worst case scenario, they can also make your computer less secure. Some outdated plug-ins, for example, have security holes that make it easier for viruses and spyware to sneak in.

Luckily, these annoying programs can be removed. And most of the time you can get rid of these programs without re-installing the entire browser.

You didn’t tell me which browser you use, so I’ll walk you through the process of removing unwanted toolbars and plug-ins from each of the major browsers.

Before I do, let me explain how most unwanted toolbars and plug-ins get on your computer in the first place.

Some developers include add-ons like additional toolbars and plug-ins with their programs. Most of the time, these add-ons are labeled and you can choose not to install them.

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