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For some reason google has installed all these shopping buttons to previously unheard of sites. It makes the toolbar look like some sort of crapware installation.
I've uninstalled it on all of the computers at my business. Its a shame that google has gone down this "shopping" path, the toolbar has actually been quite useful in the past.
The only real value the G toolar ever provided me with was PR view, but lately thats been no more than a toy.
The feature you can use to search just within the current site, which I use a number of times on a daily basis is gone - "just this site" for the one you're on is gone, replaced by the *buttons* option which I will never, ever, ever use.
SO I just use the Yahoo! Toolbar to search on the site I'm on. Very simple.
the one thing i did take notice of was in setting > options > more > Even more buttons was vote
when hovering over this the alt text reads
"send google a vote for (or against) web page"
once selected it adds a yellow smile or a blue unhappy face to the toolbar.
I had a warning today from Zone Alarm that my Google Toolbar was trying to access the Inet. Funny thing is that I only have the toolbar installed on IE which is closed and has been for several days. That makes me worry.
I opened IE for the first time in a while night before last.
Wham! G Toolbar auto updated, and now Zone Alarm is giving me a warning everytime I boot up the computer.
It appears that the toolbar now phones home even without IE being open. If anyone else put a program like that on someone's computer it would be called a trojan. Who knows what information they are gathering now.
It will uninstalled later today...
Marcia - use Opera and you already have a "find on this page" in the toolbar :)
To verify, go to Google's toolbar page, wait a couple of minutes then close and relaunch the browser. To revert, simply uncheck the Deny permission you set.
Considering the forum, I will assume everyone knows how to do this, but just as a quick summary:
1) download the installer
2) add toolbar.google.com to your hosts file
I have used v3 the last month with no problems - and no v4! :-)
[edited by: mona at 4:38 pm (utc) on Nov. 3, 2006]
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