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Google toolbar disabled my Alexa toolbar

   
5:35 pm on Sep 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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While bringing up a new machine today, I installed the alexa toolbar. Shortly thereafter I installed the google toolbar. Miraculously, the Alexa toolbar was disabled. I didn't try the reverse, but it makes you wonder!...
6:40 pm on Sep 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hey kmarcus, I don't think we'd do that all--I haven't heard of that happening. You might want to click on View->Toolbars on IE and search for Alexa. It's possible that the Alexa toolbar isn't visible. The "View" option lets you toggle the visibility of installed toolbars.
7:41 pm on Sep 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It's possible that the Alexa toolbar isn't visible.

Googleguy might be right. When I activate both the last one comes on top, I think IE just uses three bars by default. You might want to drag the handle (the vertical bar if the toolbars are not locked) and move to the line below. It should have both visible.

8:08 pm on Sep 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You might want to click on View->Toolbars on IE and search for Alexa. It's possible that the Alexa toolbar isn't visible.

I think IE gets confused on a new toolbar install. Norton AV installed an IE toolbar on install without asking & I had to 'View', 'NAV Toolbar' to see the Google toolbar & vice-versa. I think a reboot straightened it out.

10:34 pm on Sep 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It's a bug in IE.

When I try to disable either Google or Alexa Toolbar IE switches off the wrong one. Switch both off and enable one, it shows the wrong one again.

I uninstalled and deleted both and reinstalled them again after a fresh download: same problem.

12:45 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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After I installed Google's toolbar, my ISP's toolbar got deactivated. If I keep going into view, I can get both to display. I think you're right that it's an IE bug.

One thing that's pretty interesting is when I have both running, Google beats out my ISP's toolbar every single time in zapping the pop ups.

1:02 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My Google toolbar never disappears :) but Alexa always goes hiding when one of those driveby download toolbars happen. So I customized the main toolbar to include the Alexa icon and I can get it back in a click.

Just go to View --> Toolbars --> Options --> Customize and move the Alexa icon over to the box on the right.

Debs

2:28 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I am using both, but I have installed Google first.
I would suggest that you get all the fixes and updates from MS Windows update site. Maybe
4:13 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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same,
but I didn't download any bug fixes, patches bla bla bla , It just works from the start as I installed Google Toolbar first then Alexa.
I also have the AltaVista toolbar! That makes my viewing window small :-( but oh well, I get all these features:

AltaVista (Babelfish)Translation
PR (Google, of course)
Google Search
AV (AltaVista)search
Alexa search
Alexa ranking
Alexa realted pages
Google News Search
Google Images search
AV Music, Video, Images yada yada search

but they're good handy tools for a browser :)

Sid

5:13 am on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>It's a bug in IE.

Yup, when Google does battle with Alexa and wins blame Microsoft ;)

3:03 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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That's a mistake, on many occasions Alexa wins :)
(especially when I click view Google)
3:19 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Why are you guys comparing Google with Alexa?
Without Google, there would be no Alexa ;)

Sid

4:00 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have both, too, with no problems (tho google is usually installed before alexa). What surprises me is that more websites and services don't have their own toolbars. I inquired about this with someone here on WW and found out they're not that expensive to produce.
5:52 pm on Sep 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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lol percentages
10:26 pm on Oct 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I mentioned this to the product manager for the Toolbar several months ago, and that the problem didn't occur with other Toolbar combinations... only Alexa and Google.
2:30 pm on Oct 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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the problem didn't occur with other Toolbar combinations... only Alexa and Google

You tested every toolbar/IE combination/versions?

It has happened with other toolbar combinations (NAV toolbar > Google toolbar), and Google was installed first and NAV disabled the G toolbar. Simple, it's probably an IE bug.

7:29 pm on Oct 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You tested every toolbar/IE combination/versions?

It has happened with other toolbar combinations (NAV toolbar > Google toolbar), and Google was installed first and NAV disabled the G toolbar. Simple, it's probably an IE bug.

Given that A) The IE toolbar api is freely available from microsoft and B) there are a theoretically infinite number of possible programs, I'd have to say no to the first question.

As for the last statement, M$ platform updates may be inconvenient, but deployment testing is a standard practice among software professionals- particularly when deploying automation controls.