Contrary to popular belief, Internet Explorer can do lots of the same cool tricks as Firefox or Google Chrome so long as you’ve got the right IE Add-ons. Firefox and Google Chrome are 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. In fact, there are plenty of add-ins for IE as well.

In this article, I’ll clue you in to our favorite Internet Explorer add ons. You’ll find these sanctioned extensions at the Internet Explorer Gallery of Add-ons, but IE isn’t limited to those. There are full programs to install that provide lots of extra functions. If you’re planning on using Internet Explorer Add-ons, these are the ones to start with.

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1. Yahoo Toolbar

Yahoo Toolbar is a free and convenient search tool that now includes a pop-up blocker. Stop annoying pop-up ads, search the Web, access Yahoo Mail, and games.

Yahoo Toolbar

2. Free YouTube Video Downloader

While we liked this free IE add-on’s unobtrusive approach to downloading YouTube videos, we didn’t appreciate the pop-up Web site that accompanied each download or the extras it added without asking.

Free YouTube Video Downloader

3. AbsoluteShield Internet Eraser Pro

Every time you browse the Internet, your own computer records your activities with programs such as Internet Explorer, AOL, and Netscape.

AbsoluteShield Internet Eraser Pro

4. Video Download

This download enables a video download add-on for your browser, but the bad news is it does so by altering your Windows Registry.

Video Download

5. Live TV

This free, feature-rich toolbar gives instant access to live television around the globe, although connections aren’t always reliable.

Live TV

6. Download Manager

Dont have time to download big files. Download your file easily and quickly by using this software.

Download Manager

7. RealTime Cookie & Cache Cleaner

Remaining true to its name, this application cleans up your cookies and caches in real time while you surf the Web. RealTime Cookie & Cache Cleaner’s easy-to- understand interface immediately displays the number of cookies on your computer and effectively removes them in real time as you work online. This helps you improve your internet speed since there is less data in your browser!

RealTime Cookie & Cache Cleaner

8. Cortona3D Viewer

Add simple 3D model view controls to your browser with this freeware plug-in. Cortona VRML Client’s default interface is a simple frame along two edges of your screen.

Cortona3D Viewer

9. ChatVibes Video Calls for Facebook Chat

ChatVibes is the first free and easy to use browser plugin that adds Voice & Video directly to your Facebook Chat without the need to install another application or surf away from Facebook. Works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.

ChatVibes Video Calls for Facebook Chat

10. iMacros for Internet Explorer

A macro is an automated series of computer actions that can save you a lot of time if you find yourself doing the same tasks over and over again.

iMacros for Internet Explorer

11. eBay Toolbar

This Internet Explorer toolbar effectively keeps eBay lovers informed about bids and sales on eBay. eBay Toolbar’s traditional layout puts useful components on center stage.

eBay Toolbar

12. Flickr Downloader

It’s software that allows you to download photos from Flickr and create Flash slideshow for your Website or a screensaver. The program is easy to use, just type the username, email, tags or groups to find and download the photos.

Flickr Downloader

13. Youtube Downloader and Convertor

With the popularity of YouTube, a tool that downloads and converts videos from the site sounds like a great idea. And it is, in theory. In practice, this Internet Explorer add-on’s missing Help file makes it impossible to use.

Youtube Downloader and Convertor

14. Any Image Downloader

If you frequently find yourself saving large batches of images from the Internet, you’ve likely already figured out that there’s a better way to do it than right-clicking on each one individually and saving it to your hard drive.

Any Image Downloader

15. Smart Suggestor (Internet Explorer)

Smart Suggestor is a free browser widget designed to speed up and improve your searching, sharing, and shopping activities.

Smart Suggestor (Internet Explorer)

16. IE DownloadHelper

You don’t have to have an Internet connection to enjoy your favorite online videos; there are plenty of ways to download files from YouTube and many other popular video sites.

IE DownloadHelper

17. ArcSoft Video Downloader

Arc Soft Video Downloader helps users download movies directly to their computer, but there’s a second step (and another program) if you want to watch your videos.

ArcSoft Video Downloader

I hope you will have liked this cool adons gallery. Better yet, everyone one of them is free. Think we’ve missed a vital Internet Explorer Add-on? Let us know in the comments section.

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