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Ever since I've upgraded from IE6 to IE7, I've noticed that whenever I reopen my Internet Explorer, all my toolbars get messed up. It's as if they are reset to the original "factory" setting, regardless of how carefully I've tweaked them before previously closing IE7.

Clearly something was wrong, but to my surprise the fault lay not with "Evil Microsoft" but with the "Benevolent Google"'s beloved Google Toolbar(!). I've learned here that the Google Toolbar uses some evil voodoo ("hijacks ITBarLayout from within its satellite BHO") which interferes with IE7's layout mechanism.

Luckily, a site called IECustomizer.com makes a simple solution available here. It's a small Windows Registry .reg file that disables the Google Toolbar's BHO with the effect of restoring IE7's toolbars to their normal self, while keeping the Google Toolbar alive and well.

I've tried it and I'm pleased to say that it works. Now it's up to Google to fix their code so other people don't have to go digging for third-part solutions. I wonder how I can submit a bug report...?

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1:42 PM Web Browsers , Knowledge Base , Google , microsoft | Back to top


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thanks so much! i've beel looking for days for a fix for this problem. thank yooooooooouuu!!!!
Left by chase on Sep 17, 2007 3:02 PM

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Changed from IE6 to IE7. Toolbars got messed up and lost "original" Google Toolbar witih "Autofill" which I wanted. Tried to download new "Google Toolbar" and it won't fix the missing Google Toolbar with Autofill. It has it's own "small" Google Search upper right corner. Don't like! Want corrected. How? Internet articles blame Google for problem. Others blame M.S. Who cares? Want correction of problem. Efforts to reinstall Google Toolbar fail...
Left by Anthony Aliano on Nov 20, 2007 7:20 AM

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I always had google toolbar under my address bar. just the other day when i logged onto my computer its not there. I have to download the toolbar everytime i go onto the internet.
Left by kathy on Nov 25, 2008 5:55 AM

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My IE & "tools" menu is displaying "pokerstars.net and .com within the menu. Do you know anything about this? I am worried that my PC will soon crash. I have never heard of uninstalled applications infiltrating the IE & tools menu. Help please!!!!!
Left by Pete on Dec 18, 2008 7:43 PM

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When I install goolge toolbar it does not show. When I right click the toolbar it shows goolge toolbar link.

I have unistall and installed several times and re-cycle the PC also, assistance would be helpful.
Left by Richard Randall on Dec 19, 2008 1:31 PM

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I cannot get google toolbar back not matter what I do. Any suggestions?
I went into every area possible and the toolbar keeps disappearing, what do I do?
Left by c berger on Sep 11, 2009 1:40 PM

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