Why not to Install the Google Toolbar...

20 January 2007

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This post is old… It's probably been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the year. That probably means that there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any adivce is out of date and irrelevant. Or more likely, it was the wafflings of bored-past me with too much time on his hands. If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.

There it is, the Google Toolbar, one of the more installed toolbars for a web browser.  Incuding a search box, spell checked, auto forms, and various other useful features!  However I highly recommend NOT installing it.

On Windows XP after a random amount of time, when you switch user accounts and run explorer you receive an error that looks similar to this:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
Runtime Error!

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way.

Please contact the application's support team for more information.

The easiest way to either sort or prevent this error is to uninstall the Google Toolbar straight away and restart your computer, problem solved! I'm not completely sure why this happens, I think it is something to do with the Microsoft updates conflicting with the the toolbar...

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