A friend of mine has a computer shop and earlier today I was looking at a laptop with him that had a bunch of issues including three different toolbars being installed in Internet Explorer. Having this many toolbars installed will only slow things down. I recommend having one toolbar at most installed and personally I prefer the Google Toolbar because I use so many different Google applications and Google won’t attempt to display a bunch of unwanted data in the top of your Internet Explorer browser window.
If you have enabled the Google Search History feature then every time you search for anything via Google then it will be stored and you can browse this data at a later date. At some point when you sign up for a Google account you will be asked if you want to enable the Google History feature which can be enabled or disabled at any time. The cool thing about this is everything you do will be tracked so if you visited a site a month ago but you cannot remember specifically what it was you can actually go back in your Google History to obtain the details about that site so you can visit it again. Google History will also allow you to know how often you have searched for a certain term, how many terms you searched for each day on Google, or how many web pages visited every day via Google.
I turned my laptop on this evening and my Internet Explorer was not able to load any web pages. It would launch and then show nothing but a blank page. After 30 to 60 seconds it would show as not responding in Windows Task Manager. The below image is what it looked like when attempting to launch Internet Explorer.
Recently I had an issue with Internet Explorer loading and the issue was with Google Toolbar. I assume something must have been corrupted when my laptop crashed. Anyhow reinstalling Google Toolbar is easy though there is not technically a reinstall process. You will need to uninstall Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, download it again, and then Install Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. Follow the directions below to reinstall Google Toolbar.
I was having trouble view Google Toolbar local search history past the most recent 15 entries. I have auto complete turned on so if I started typing a couple letters it would show older entries so I knew they existed. I figured the easiest way to get the entire list was to just go to the source file and view the entries there.
Google Toolbar Search History Location on Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Google\Local Search History\google%2Eweb.w
Each user will have their own Google Toolbar local search history so just replace “user” in the directory path above to view each users local search history.