How to Kill Annoying Items on the Internet Explorer Tools Menu

Some toolbars and add-ins have annoying behavior. These addins and toolbars install entries for themselves on the Tools menu that can’t be removed even after you have uninstalled the toolbar or add-in itself. You know about this if you are the kind of computer user who likes trying out things that you find in the internet. The most common example of this is that annoying way PartyPoker.com listing remains on you Tools menu long after you've uninstalled the add-on.

The only way I know to tame these kinds of bad-behaving toolbars and add-ins is through the Registry. After uninstalling the add-on launch the Registry editor. You can use the command prompt or the Start Search box to do this, just type regedit in the box and hit Enter. In the Registry Editor go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions. What you'll see there are some keys named with what appear to be random letters and numbers, enclosed in brackets. Examine each of these key values and look for the name of the add-in whose trace in your toolbar you would like to get rid of. You will also see here the location of the file and other related information. When you find the offending key, highlight it, and click Delete to remove it from the Registry. Make sure to delete the entire key and not individual strings and values. Exit the Registry editor and restart your computer.

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