20 Internet Explorer Add-ons for You

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Friday, February 20, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 has chosen to go Mozilla way and bring out some add-ons to regain the lost market of IE. While we have been hunting down Mozila Firefox add-ons like anything, this time we thought of focussing a bit on our old mate and bring out the best possible. So here are 20 most popular and most useful Internet Explorer add-ons for various purposes.

1. Wikipedia Visual Search

Get visual search suggestions and instant answers from Wikipedia.


2.  PDF Downloader

PDF Download by Nitro PDF Software is the leading tool for handling and viewing Web-based PDF files and is enjoyed by millions of users every day and is now available for Internet Explorer. The browser extension removes the pain often experienced when encountering PDF files online, and now lets you quickly convert your Web pages into high-quality PDFs that are ideal for archiving, printing and sharing.


3. WoT for IE

I hope you remember WOT’s version of Firefox. Now here is one for the Internet explorer. Make your Internet Explorer more secure with the WOT add-on. Keep yourself safe from spyware, adware, spam, viruses, browser exploits, unreliable online shops, phishing, and other Internet scams. With the free WOT browser add-on, you can easily see the reliability of companies and websites. WOT will warn you and save your computer before you interact with a harmful site. WOT, Web of Trust, lets Internet users share their knowledge of websites, helping you stay in control when you surf the Web. Besides its users, WOT uses hundreds of trusted sources such as phishing site listings to keep you protected against rapidly spreading online threats.As you search with Google, you will see a tiny icon next to the Web link: green to go, yellow to slow down, red to stop. WOT has information on 20 million websites, and the reputation database is updated every 30 minutes. WOT ratings are shown also on Yahoo, Gmail, Wikipedia, and other sites. No registration is required. Version 20080714 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.


4. Google Define

Use Google search to look up definitions with this Accelerator.


5. Digg Top 10

Are you a Digg fan? Discover the most popular stories as voted by the Digg community with this customized IE 8 Digg Web Slice. Subscribe to a feed of the top 10 most recently popular stories. The interface looks good actually.


6. Yahoo Local Maps

Plot an address or location using interactive Yahoo Maps with this Accelerator.


7. Myspace Toolbar

Easily navigate MySpace from anywhere on the web. Stay connected to MySpace with persistent login. Receive notifications with updating messages. Clean up messy profile pages with the “Simplify” button. Navigate everything on your profile and other profiles with dual menu controls. Comes loaded with OneRiot Social Search. This toolbar is not affiliated with Fox Interactive Media.


8. Flash Player

Flash Player 9 is a lightweight, highly expressive client runtime that delivers powerful and consistent user experiences across major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones, and devices. Flash Player 9 builds on the advances in Flash Player 8 by focusing on three main areas: creating a more robust programming model, achieving standards compliance, and improving performance.


9. Cooliris

cooliris instantly transforms your browser into a full-screen, 3D experience for viewing photos and videos on the Web. Photos and videos will come to life via a cinematic presentation that goes well beyond the confines of the traditional browser window. With cooliris, browsing and viewing media on the Web will never be the same again. Search sites like YouTube, Flickr, Google Images, deviantART and more. You can visually shop at Amazon.com and you can discover content from sites like ESPN, MSNBC and BBC, as well as movie trailers and the latest pop culture. Version may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes


10. Youtube Downloader

It’s software that allows you to download videos from YouTube and many others and convert them to other video formats. The program is easy to use, just specify the URL for the video you want to download and click the Ok! It also allows you to convert downloaded videos for iPod, iPhone, PSP, Cell Phone, Windows Media, XVid and MP3. Allows you to access YouTube videos for which you need to be 18+ years of age. Now, plays videos downloaded. Version 2.1.6 allows you to download videos from YouTube entering the embed code, adds a new download mode, and lets users disable audio when converting.


11. Faster Downloader

Faster Downloader download manager for Windows, the fastest on the market, is fully integrated with Internet Explorer and Firefox .Faster Downloader is optimized for the download of multimedia content.With it you can launch a video download and start viewing it directly.Faster Downloader features:* Boost download speed by using the maximum bandwidth available* Download of content from YouTube, Dailymotion, Google video, Metacafe, PornoTube, Myspace, Joox.net* Speed limitation* Preview any divx, mp3, can even be used as a podcast reader* Groups and Credential management. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.Version 1.7 fixes bugs.


12. Radio and mp3 Player

Listen to Internet radio streams and at the same time make recordings of your favorite songs & radio shows, listen to music stored on your PC now even faster thanks to cool “drag & drop” function and create your own playlists.You can use also a free customizable Crawler Toolbar. Crawler Toolbar is 100% safe and does not contain any malicious software or facilitate pop-up ads. Version includes unspecified updates.


13. Programmer Fish

Latest news on the Technology horizon, Gadget Reviews. Freebies and Tips n Tricks.


14. Microsoft SilverLight

Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web. Microsoft Silverlight, previously called Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E), integrates with existing Web technologies and assets to provide higher-quality experiences with lower costs for media delivery. Delivered to end users through a seamless, fast installation, Silverlight offers consistent experiences to both Macintosh and Windows users on a variety of browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.


15. Weather Report

Get the weather from your city using Live Search! Simply type your city “weather” and Live Search provides a result that you can subscribe to as a Web Slice. Note: currently works in US market only.

16.  Share on Facebook

Share a webpage, link or selected item on Facebook using this Accelerator.


17. MTV on IE

Search on MTV.com and find them directly into your browser window.


18. Oomph

Automatically finds contacts, addresses, events, and other microformats as you browse the web, and allows you to easily use them in Outlook and many other popular address book, calendar, and mapping applications. Oomph works on IE7 and IE8, and is created by the Microsoft MIX Online team.


19. Surf canyon

Surf Canyon accelerates the process of finding relevant information buried in the search results on Live Search, Google, Yahoo! and Craigslist. Search as you always would and Surf Canyon automatically figures out what you need and then fetches it from as deep as page 100. Improve relevancy by up to 40%. Further customize your search at my.SurfCanyon.com by indicating your favorite websites as well as sites you want to avoid


20. Loki

Loki is a browser plugin that determines the precise location of website visitors. Websites are taking advantage of location to improve local search functionality, store finders, social networking, and more.


August 30, 2009: 5:22 pm

20 add-ons and no IE7Pro?

February 20, 2009: 2:42 pm

Try our TweetIE the Twitter plug-in for IE. Make your IE tweet. Works for IE 6/7/8!

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