deleting toolbars from directory

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I want to write a simple bat file to delete any add-on toolbars that have been installed but I can't even find the folder that holds them. Any ideas?

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I generally clean them out using the Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel – so would think they should be in the actual Programs Folder. I don’t have any I can reference on my own computer – would like to know where else I might look??

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  • Chippy088
    I don't think you can, or should even attempt to try do this with a batch file. If you want to know what toolbars are installed, then the registry is the place to start looking. A potentially dangerous area to play around with, unless you have had some experience making changes there. I would suggest doing it using addremove from the control panel, as AndreaF has previously said. You may also be able remove them from IE, using IE tools drop down menu. Toolbars are increasingly becoming a niusance, as it seems many companies want to install thier own toolbar, as an alleged aid to the user, but mainly to advertise, and keep thier company name prominant on the PC. Last month I had a customers computer to clean up, because half the IE screen was taken up with toolbars, which had been installed by yahoo, hotmail, itunes etc. If you should find a way to do it automatically, you can retire a rich person.
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  • carlosdl
    I agree. I don't think that 'deleting' or simply removing toolbar keys from the registry is a good option, as doing that could cause IE crashes or malfunctioning, and it could leave traces of the toolbars in other locations. The recommended option is to uninstall them. Also, you could install some program like Spybot S&D which will not only remove IE toolbars, but also will prevent future toolbar installations (or at least will ask for the user's permission when a toolbar is going to be installed).
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