In the modern day world of internet browsing, browser toolbars are almost as common as the browser itself. There will hardly be a time when you don’t see some sort of toolbar at the top of your favorite browser, whether you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, amongst many. But Google seem to be putting an end to theirs that resides on the Firefox 5 platform.
The powers that be at Google have been doing their own research, and have found that exponential growth in the browser industry has made it unnecessary for them to carry on support for the Firefox 5 version of their very own branded toolbar.
Browsers these days are powerful enough without the need for clutter such as a toolbar, and if you use Google Chrome or many of the latest browsers these days, you will know what we mean. Browsers are clean, easy to use, navigate and search without the need to have a toolbar now, and most of what toolbars can do can be acquired via other means of browser-addons and widgets.
However, if you are still using an older version of Firefox, support will still continue for versions prior to version 5. More good news that we have also found out is that a few clever internet moguls have worked out how you can bypass the Firefox 5 rejection. To find out, check out this page here. Obviously this is not supported by Google or Firefox, so anything you do is at your own risk.
For the rest of you, who think it is time to move on away from the clutter of the Google Toolbar you can uninstall it in 3 easy steps. When Firefox is running click the little arrow next to the spanner icon. Then select Uninstall from the drop down menu. Thirdly, click the Uninstall button. Alternatively, you can go to the Control Panel by clicking the Windows Start button, going to Add or Remove Programs (Classic View), and then highlighting Google Toolbar for Firefox and finally clicking Uninstall.
So does this start the ball rolling for more and more toolbars to be removed from existence? As we stated, the need for toolbars has become defunct in the new age of internet browsing, and all they seem to do is cause clutter and take up unwanted space.
Do you use Google Toolbar, or any other toolbar for that matter? What are your thoughts on browser toolbars?
Also See: Firefox 32.0.1 update release notes