Every company that has it's own website or software seems to advertise their toolbar that they want you to install on your system. Spammers also like toolbars and most computers have many toolbars installed that are most of the time simply unnecessary and often a burden on system resources. The real difficulty begins when you try and uninstall a toolbar which sometimes is not as easy as it sounds.
Since most are either installed during a software installation or from a website it is not trivial to find out how to uninstall a toolbar. Toolbar Cop is one of those applications that lists all installed toolbars (plus other elements such as Browser Helper Objects or Download Managers) in one place.
Every toolbar found can be deleted, which means that it will be removed and uninstalled or deactivated from within the Toolbar Cop program. To do that the user would right-click on an entry and select Enable / Disable / Delete the selected items. Additional information are displayed in the Tools menu under the entry Add-on Information.
Toolbar Cop can also open a new browser window with search results about a selected toolbar. This could be useful if the user is not sure if the toolbar can be safely deleted or deactivated from the computer system.
Toolbar Cop is only working with the Microsoft Internet Explorer. A backup mode is turned on by default, all changes to the registry are stored in .reg files which can be used to restore the changes at a later date.
Users can also generate a detailed browser add-on report which will be saved as a simple text document. This can then be easily copied / pasted into forums or send to someone who could analyze the contents.
Update: The program has not bee updated since 2005, and it may be that it is not compatible with newer versions of the Windows operating system. You can use an alternative like CCleaner which provides you with some of the functionality.
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