A few years ago toolbars became a hot, must-have plugin
for web browsers
and there was a small explosion of toolbars on the Net.
For a time, it seemed that almost everyone had a toolbar of some kind
on offer. But these days the gloss has well and truly worn off this
Why? Well, for a few good reasons:
The major reason is that there are a lot of unethical toolbars on
offer around the Net.
Because toolbars plug into browsers and become part of the browser software,
they can be used to exploit security holes in Windows. And many corrupt
companies produced toolbars that - when installed - downloaded and installed
a lot of adware, spyware and other malware along with
them. This quickly gave toolbars a bad name.
A second reason that toolbars became unpopular was because many of them were
badly programmed. This led to system slow-downs,
lock-ups and other annoyances that could only be removed by removing
the toolbar itself.
And a third reason for the decline in toolbars was that many - probably the
majority - didn't add any real value to a web browsing experience
anyway. They were little more than ads for whoever made the toolbar.
These days we believe the only two toolbars that hold any real value
are the ones issued by Google and Alexa (which we list on
They perform well, provide useful background data on web sites
and are issued (and regularly updated) by reputable companies.