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How to find what plugins are installed in Internet Explorer

by royeo / November 6, 2008 1:33 PM PST

I have Windows XP Pro, sp3.

With Firefox you can type "about:plugins" in the location bar then hit Enter to find out what plugins are installed in Firefox. How can you find out what plugins are installed in Internet Explorer?

Thank you,


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Even easier
by Jimmy Greystone / November 6, 2008 2:02 PM PST

Even easier, in Firefox since version 3.0, is that you can go to Tools --> Add-Ons and there's a plugins section.

Anyway, to answer your question, I THINK IE supports the about:plugins command as well, but don't quote me on it. I'll either look brilliant if it works, or just say I thought it did but must have been mistaken if it doesn't. In IE7 you can go to the tools button, and there's a manage add-ons option. Almost positive nothing like that existed in IE6, which was a big part of the problem when it came to malware.

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Re: plugins in IE
by Kees Bakker / November 6, 2008 4:06 PM PST

They aren't called plugins, so in a certain sense the answer is "there aren't".

However, in IE7, use Tools>Manage add-ons to see BHO's (Browser helper extensions, browser extensions and toolbars). There might be more categories, but those are what I see.


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