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How to Run IE8 Without Add-ons

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How to Run IE8 Without Add-ons

Internet Explorer can be run without the add-ons installed. This is useful if you run into some kind of error after you installed any particular add-on. In Firefox, this mode is called as safe mode and a similar mode is available for IE. You can open Internet Explorer without add-ons in 2 ways. One way to open is to navigate to start menu-> All Programs-> Accessories-> System Tools-> Internet Explorer (no Add-ons). This opens up IE without ActiveX controls and browser extensions.

IE8 without add-ons

Second way is Win + R key which opens Run command, type iexplore –extoff and this will open up IE8 without add-ons.

IE8 no add-ons

Opening IE8 without add-ons will help you to find any issues encountered after the installation of any add-on.

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  1. Gil

    March 1, 2010 at 1:53 am

    how do i get explorer withour add ons? I can’t even open explorer 8.

  2. nelson

    July 1, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Great, thanks. Internet Explorer does NOT have add-ons and iexplorer does. I made the mistake of switching the two shortcuts and went for several days without add-ons. Couldnt figure out what had happened because all the add-ons were turned on (Tools-Options-Security-Custom – add-ons like ActiveX). All it took was switching the short cut back to iexplorer.

  3. Karl Godt

    September 7, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Thank You very much !

    I installed a bunch of toolbars for IE8 on Win7Starter and in the End it started but in a everlasting loop complained it crashed and even to close did not work properly by hitting the close button at the message-GUI .
    I had installed cygwin-bash but cmd.exe would not accept ‘iexplore -extoff’ but the key-combo ‘WIN+r’ worked well with this command . I was able to disable all these toolbars and IE8 now starts OK . I am wondering though I have no Power-Shell in the start-menu at a non-admin account , but this is another story .

    The search at the safari-browser I used instead with google-search with “howto start internet explorer in safe mode” that took me here had been the 5th hit and the best .

    Thanks and good luck !

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