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Toolbars, Extensions and Plugins

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The three main contributors to a browser being slow are listed above. Most of the time when a customer brings in a malware infection, its because one of the three have been downloaded and have malware attached. A good rule of thumb for the internet is if it seems too good to be true, it definitely is. Let’s say you found a link to that media you’ve been wanting to watch for awhile, only problem is you don’t have the correct plugin to watch it. This is a red flag, if you’ve already had your computer sometime and not had any trouble viewing content online, you more than likely don’t need any more help.

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Plugins are browser helpers that perform different operations and when they work correctly are supposed to speed your experience up. Unfortunately the bad ones far outweigh the good ones and you should be very choosy of the ones you install. If in doubt run a Google search for the name of the extension you are installing with the word “malware” behind it and see what comes up. If there have been known instances of malware attached to that specific plugin, it will be talked about in the forums and Google will find it for you. Most of the time when you install a bad plugin it came with an extension and installed with that. You can easily remove these in Google Chrome unless you are already infected with malware in which a change is not possible. Adblock plus is a great example of a plugin that doesn’t have any malware, its actually my favorite and it's free!

 Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 10.29.26 AM   (Some of my current Toolbar Tools)

Extensions are a bit tricky because there are so many that are good. You can essentially use the same technique listed above to determine the reputation of the extension you're trying to install. Extensions come from multiple sources and one of the worst is the dreaded click-through installations that we all do. Make sure and read before you click next on ANY installation. Always read what other programs or items the installation is trying to add on. You don’t want anything other than what the program you’ve downloaded came with. If you’re trying to download a program that plays any media format for free or something like that these are well known to be infected with adware and malware. Your computer could be serving ad’s because you didn’t pay attention to what you clicked. Don’t worry we’ve all done it!

Toolbars are ugly little areas that clutter up your browser. With the new browsers there is simply no need whatsoever for these pesky things. Pop your browser open and within seconds you can search right out of the address bar. This feature has been around in most browsers for a few years now. The only thing that toolbars do is take the browser longer to start, load a page or really do anything. These types of software are a waste of your time and will only slow you down. Not to mention they usually come packed with adware and malware, both of which will slow your computer down badly. In other words, I don’t know of any toolbars that are worth using.

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