11 add-ons that get more from Internet Explorer

To get the most out of the Web, just a browser won't do – you'll need a good collection of add-ons too. We look at the most useful add-ons.

A browser by itself is a poor thing, letting you browse the Web, but little else. To get the most out of the Internet, you need add-ons that give your browser plenty of extra features. Firefox is well known for its plug-ins, but there aren't as many available for Internet Explorer. Still, you needn't feel left out in the cold because there are in fact, plenty of add-ons for IE.

Here's a run-down of our favourite Internet Explorer add-ons. And we're not talking about the obvious ones, such as the Google Toolbar, Yahoo Toolbar or Windows Live Toolbar, because you probably already know about them.

Instead, we'll concentrate on lesser-known Internet Explorer add-ons that do everything from killing annoying ads and restoring crashed browsing sessions, to grabbing video from sites such as YouTube and more. Better yet, everyone of them is free.

Quero Toolbar

Tired of being besieged by adverts, including exceedingly annoying Flash ads? Then you'll want the free Quero Toolbar, which makes it easy to customise ad blocking on a site-by-site basis. It will block just about any ad you'll come across, including banner ads, flash animations and many others, including Google ads.

You can turn it on and off, of course, but better yet, you can customise Quero Toolbar for individual sites, allowing ads from some Web sites and banning them from others. Better still, you can fine-tune it to a remarkable degree, for example, by allowing Google ads and banner ads from a particular site, but banning flash animations.

There's more to the Quero Toolbar as well, including a nice inline search feature that jumps straight to text on a page as you type in a term, the ability to search for any word on a Web page by selecting and right-clicking it, and the ability to quickly resize windows. And plenty of included shortcut keys means that mouse-haters need to reach for their rodent less frequently than before. Quero toolbar

IE7Pro

IE7Pro is the best IE add-on we tested; it does everything from blocking ads, to re-opening crashed tabs and more. It even has features that rival the best of Firefox plug-ins.

Like the Quero Toolbar, it will block flash ads as well as other ads, although it doesn't give you quite as many fine-grained controls over blocking or allowing specific kinds of ads on a site-by-site basis. The program truly shines in the way it handles tabs, and this may be its best feature. If IE7 crashes for some reason - and as we all know, there are plenty of reasons why it crashes – the program will automatically restore all the tabs that were open at the time of the crash.

You can also automatically reopen the last tab you've closed to display the site you were visiting when you closed it. And you can reopen tabs you closed before that as well.

This freebie has so many clever features that there's no way to list them all. Here's a simple but particularly useful one: you can have the program automatically scroll down a Web page at one of three speeds. It's great for when you're reading a long Web page and don't want to have to scroll manually. Just choose the speed, and it'll scroll for you. Similarly, you can have the program auto-refresh your current tab, at any interval you chose.

There's plenty more as well, including a forms filler and a mouse gestures feature that lets you do things such as scroll up or down, close tabs and go forward or back by right-clicking the mouse and making a gesture with it. This is clearly the best of the bunch - it's staying in our browser.

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