Good advise about Add-ons
Good advise rbHighTech. Think you might get a kick out of this.
(Consumer used IE7 - Some commonalities with customized Office Use of IE7) With all the tweaks we use, toolbars offered by Google, Yahoo, etc even through other program installers, we never allow to be a part of IE7. IE7 can do its job just fine without em and they basically just clutter the works. Preventing Toolbar extensions and applying certain tweaks is a few of the things that makes IE7 speedy and more stable. Some tweaks are available from knowledgeable sites and from Microsoft but again, in which order, why the selection, and considering what other internet accessing programs your running, makes the difference as what tweak is applied and their effect on speed and stability of IE7. I havent nor am I considering posting a Consumer/Office lineup of these. It takes too much time to compile the documentation. But the starter for Consumers and Office machines alike is this. Dont allow a home page (customized for Office is the exception), rather a blank html with black background. The idea is when executing IE, only that page comes immediately showing that no site is highjacking IE nor does IE spend time on a homepage load. If a website is frequently used, make it a favorite, not an immediate execution. The second option is tell IE7 to "Empy Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed.".
Users can find that switch in: IE7 / Tools / Internet Options / Advanced, slide down the list and check the option, Apply and OK.
For users of IE7, creating a blank/black homepage is easy.
Open IE7 and save your current home page if you have one you want to keep, as a favorite.
You don't have to close IE7 just yet.
Select and copy these bracketed lines then open notepad and paste them in.
Select File / Save As
Save In: C:
Name the file "blank.html" without the quotes.
Change "Save as Type" to "All Files" and save it, closing notepad.
Go back to IE7 and enter this address.
C:\blank.html and enter it.
Once the Black Page is up, go to IE7's Tools / Internet Options / and select "Use Current", Apply and OK.
Close IE7 and bring it back up. There's your home page. From here, you can go anywhere you wish.
Its easier on the eyes with a black background than IE7's default Use Blank.
( Concerning IE7 Add-ons) For the general user, to help IE7, I suggest uninstalling every toolbar you see in Add and Remove Programs accessed from the Control Panel, including the MSN Toolbar. You dont need them. As far as Add-ons in IE7, only a few are suggested keeping and the rest can be disabled. Leave any downloaders youve chosen to use. Leave Suns Java and it's SSV Helper, and for example, if running SpyBot, leave it's IE Protection. You can Disable all others including Windows Messenger (including Live) but only if you dont use it or use it to access hotmail-livemail email. Research can also be disabled. For those using AVG, its add-ons need to be removed via reinstalling AVG over itself, choosing custom, and unselecting things like Link Scanner. All add-ins that are used to configure a particular program which have their own configuration shortcuts or can be configured from within the programs themselves can be disabled.
Another important safety option is found in IE7 / Internet Options / Programs
Check the box, "Tell me if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser.
( a discovery )
The biggest speed problem in IE7 is Microsoft (the middle man). Back when (IE6), Microsoft was sorta in the middle, but with the event of 911 and Microsofts stab at getting hold of Googles Database, which Google continues to say no, Microsoft had to get around that. Therefore, via some MS updates post these events, Microsoft has placed themselves in between IE7 and the rest of the world. When you go to Google, you go through Microsoft first, then Google to where ever, with the return also via Microsoft before it gets back to you. This is accomplished via various means including Live Search. Some colleagues and I have come up editing IE7, the registry, and startup in that order, that guarantees when Google is accessed from either IE7's search or address bar, the hop bypasses MS going directly to Google or any other site we choose, and back direct. The result is an increase in IE7's response time by at least 30%. This includes the registry elimination of Live Search leaving Google as the search default in every instance. Interesting discovery. Its a benign thing but does cause IE7 slowdown.
It all falls back on a famous saying known by good techies and Trekies, The more they overtake the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain. Good techs are also good plumbers. (Finge)