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Why don’t toolbars installed in IE show up in Chrome?

I took out my IE because of a hacking warning. I put Google Chrome in. A
patch came and took Google Chrome out. Went to my homepage; both of my toolbars
were gone. My AVG Security and Bing. I thought Google took them out. Had
nothing but trouble with Google. I went to download them and my computer said
they were already on here. I can’t access them at all. Please can you help me
find and replace them?

In this excerpt from
Answercast #59
, I look at difficulties with Bing and AVG toolbars on a new
installation of Chrome.

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Missing toolbars

So one of the important things to realize about toolbars (be it Bing or AVG
or any number of different toolbars that are out there) is that they are
added to the browser.

So, here’s the scenario that I think happened:

  • You’re running Internet Explorer.

  • You’ve got Bing; you’ve got AVG; they’ve been added to Internet
    Explorer.

  • Now, you download Chrome.

  • Chrome does not have those toolbars installed. So, you go off and try to
    download and install them.

  • Unfortunately, when you install them, it says, “Hey, you’ve already got these
    toolbars,” because it sees that the toolbars are already installed in IE.

Even though you’re trying to install them in Chrome, it’s looking and saying
you already got them because you got them in IE. What I think may be happening
is simply that the toolbar is being provided in an IE-specific package and
what you may need to do is look for a Google Chrome-specific package for that
toolbar.

Look for Chrome extensions

So that means going out and looking for a Google Chrome extension that will
install the toolbar for AVG and for Bing and for whatever. That way, you’ll get
the right toolbar in the right browser.

What confuses this is that, if you happen to have multiple browsers
installed at the time you install a package (like say AVG), AVG will install
the toolbar once. But it will do it in all of the browsers that are already on
your machine.

It’s only when you add a browser later that you run into this
disparity where everything was installed in IE, but hasn’t been installed in
Chrome because Chrome wasn’t around at the time you installed AVG.

So, that’s the thing to look for. Check with AVG, check with the Bing
download site, and see if you can come up with any extensions for Google Chrome,
specifically for each of those toolbars.

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