IE and OE Tools

Anchor Link ActiveX Compatibility Manager
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-25
Version: 1.0 – Released: 2004-08-20 Windows: 98, Me, 2000, XP
File Size: 41 KB Portable
“This utility allows you to easily disable/enable ActiveX components on Internet Explorer browser. It disables the desired ActiveX component by setting the kill bit of the desired CLSID under the following Registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility
“The main window of acm displays the list of all ActiveX components that are currently available for enabling/disabling. For components that are currently installed on your computer, additional information is also displayed: product name, company name, description, version, filename, and more…
“If you want to disable an ActiveX component that doesn’t appear in the list, you can add it to the list by using Add New Items option. On the ‘Add New Items’ window, you can type one or more CLSIDs or ProgIDs separated by comma or enter key.
“ActiveX Compatibility Manager is a standalone executable, and it doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLLs. In order to start using it, just copy the executable file (acm.exe) to any folder you like, and run it.”
Anchor Link ActiveXHelper
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
Version: 1.12 – Released: 2007-12-21 Windows: 98, Me, 2000, XP
File Size: 43 KB Portable
“ActiveXHelper is a small utility that allows you to view essential information about ActiveX components installed on your computer. You can view the entire (and very large!) list of ActiveX components by loading it from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID Registry key, or alternatively, display only the ActiveX components that you specify. In addition, you can temporarily disable specific ActiveX components. When ActiveX components are disabled, they cannot be used by any software, until you enable them again.
“ActiveXHelper is a standalone program, and thus it doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLLs. In order to start using it, just run the executable file – axhelper.exe.”
Anchor Link Add Search Providers to IE 7
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
“To add a search provider to the Internet Explorer 7 Instant Search box, click the provider’s link below. You can set any of these as the default search provider by selecting the Make this my default search provider check box in the Add Search Provider dialog box that appears when you click the link.
“You can create/add your own search provider to your copy of Internet Explorer 7 by following these steps:” . . .
Anchor Link Address Book Recovery
License: Shareware – $30.00 Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
Version: 1.2.15 – Released: 2007-08-26 Windows: 98, Me, 2000, XP
File Size: 1.1 MB
“Address Book Recovery is a utility to restore contact information from Windows Address Book (WAB) files, which store the contacts from Outlook and Outlook Express. With the help of the program you can:
¤ Restore accidentally deleted contacts from the Windows Address Book (WAB).
¤ View the changes archive on the contact.
¤ Restore the contacts from the Windows Address Book (WAB) if has been infected by a virus or the database has become unreadable because of technical faults.
“Address Book Recovery does not modify the original .WAB file, but only reads the data from it.”
Anchor Link Expired Cookies Cleaner
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-02-19
Version: 1.03 – Released: ??? Windows: All
File Size: 99 KB Requires: IE 4.0 or newer
“Expired Cookies Cleaner is a free software for removing expired cookies from you personal computer. Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) stores cookies in different files on your hard disk drive. More you browse the web, more cookies are stored on your PC. Each cookie has its own lifetime – from several seconds to several years. However, IE does not remove expired cookies from your PC even they are expired and will be never used. Therefore, your hard drive can store several hundreds or even thousands unused and useless files.
“You can also use Expired Cookies Cleaner from the command line without GUI. In this case, program saves all output in the log file. For more information, see Readme.txt file.”
Anchor Link Fix IE Utility
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2009-11-20
Version: 1.0 – Released: 2009-10-13 Windows: Vista, 7
File Size: 405 KB Portable
“This freeware portable utility re-registers all the concerned dll and ocx files required for the smooth operation of Internet Explorer. Simply extract the contents of the .zip file and run the utility. If you face any problems while running IE, maybe after recovering from a malware attack, run this tool to re-register around 89 dll and ocx files, which are required for the smooth running of Internet Explorer.
“Before running the utility, make sure that all your Internet Explorer windows are closed.”
Anchor Link IE 7 for XP
License: Free Last Reviewed: 2010-09-10
Version: 7.0.5730.13 – Published: 2008-05-06 Windows: XP SP2 or SP3
File Size: 14.7 MB
“Internet Explorer 7 has been designed to make everyday tasks easier, provide dynamic security protection and improve the development platform and manageability. End user improvements include a streamlined interface, tabbed browsing, printing advances, improved search functionality, instant feeds (RSS), dynamic security protection, and more.”
Anchor Link IE 7 Tips and Tricks
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2010-09-10
Version: 1.1 – Released: 2008-04-24 Windows: XP SP2, 2003, Vista
File Size: 2.4 MB
“This document is designed to help IT administrators and developers evaluating Internet Explorer 7 understand some of the common issues seen with application compatibility. The examples provided in this document will help IT administrators and developers understand the issues involved, why they occur and how to workaround them with Internet Explorer 7 in your environment.”
Anchor Link IE7Pro
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-06-02
Version: 2.5.1 – Released: 2010-06-02 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 4.8 MB
“IE7Pro is an add-on for IE 7 which adds lots of features and extras to make your IE easier, more useful, secure and customizable. You can use IE7Pro as Tab Mix, AD Blocker, Flash Block, Super Drag Drop, Crash Recovery, Proxy Switcher, Mouse Gesture, Tab History Browser, Web Accelerator, User Agent Switcher, Webpage Capturer, Greasemonkey for IE and etc . Using IE7Pro, you can Close/Open tab by double left click, build your own greasemonkey script, switch proxy, switch user agent, block ads and flash, recover browser crash, apply super drag drop, auto scroll page, manage tab history, refresh tab automatically, open new tab from address bar and favorites, view page information and save whole page to images quickly and so on.”
Anchor Link IECacheView
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-02-19
Version: 1.46 – Released: 2011-09-29 Windows: 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 48 KB Portable
“IECacheView is a small utility that reads the cache folder of Internet Explorer, and displays the list of all files currently stored in the cache. For each cache file, the following information is displayed: Filename, Content Type, URL, Last Accessed Time, Last Modified Time, Expiration Time, Number Of Hits, File Size, Folder Name, and full path of the cache filename. You can easily save the cache information into text/html/xml file, or copy the cache table to the clipboard and then paste it to another application, like Excel or OpenOffice Spreadsheet.”
Anchor Link IECookiesView
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2009-03-24
Version: 1.74 – Released: 2009-03-24 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista
File Size: 95 KB Requires: IE 4.0 – 8.0
“IECookiesView is a small utility that displays the details of all cookies that Internet Explorer stores on your computer. In addition, it allows you to do the following actions:
¤ Edit the content of a cookie.
¤ Sort the cookies list by any column you want, by clicking the column header.
¤ Find a cookie in the list by specifying the name of the Web site.
¤ Select and delete the unwanted cookies.
¤ Save the cookies to a readable text file.
¤ Copy cookie information into the clipboard.
¤ Automatically refresh the cookies list when a Web site sends you a cookie.
¤ Display the cookies of other users and from other computers.
¤ Open the IECookiesView utility directly from Internet Explorer toolbar.
¤ Block specific Web sites from using cookies through the cookies blocking mechanism of Internet Explorer 6.0.”
Anchor Link IEHistoryView
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-02-19
Version: 1.70 – Released: 2011-12-13 Windows: All
File Size: 48 KB Portable
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Each time that you type a URL in the address bar or click on a link in Internet Explorer browser, the URL address is automatically added to the history index file. When you type a sequence of characters in the address bar, Internet Explorer automatically suggests you all URLs that begins with characters sequence that you typed (unless AutoComplete feature for Web addresses is turned off). However, Internet Explorer doesn’t allow you to view and edit the entire URL list that it stores inside the history file.
“This utility reads all information from the history file on your computer, and displays the list of all URLs that you have visited in the last few days. It also allows you to select one or more URL addresses, and then remove them from the history file or save them into text, HTML or XML file. In addition, you are allowed to view the visited URL list of other user profiles on your computer, and even access the visited URL list on a remote computer, as long as you have permission to access the history folder.”
Anchor Link IE PassView
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-08
Version: 1.30 – Released: 2013-05-06 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 54 KB Portable
“IE PassView is a small utility that reveals the passwords stored by Internet Explorer Web browser. It supports all versions of Internet Explorer, from version 4.0 and up to 10.0. For each password that is stored by Internet Explorer, the following information is displayed: Web address, Password Type (AutoComplete, Password-Protected Web Site, or FTP), Storage Location (Registry, Credentials File, or Protected Storage), and the user name/password pair. You can select one or more items from the passwords list and export them into text/html/csv/xml file.
“Starting from version 7.0 of Internet Explorer, Microsoft completely changed the way that passwords are saved. In previous versions (4.0 – 6.0), all passwords were saved in a special location in the Registry known as the Protected Storage. In version 7.0 of Internet Explorer, passwords are saved in different locations, depending on the type of password. Each type of passwords has some limitations in password recovery:
♦ AutoComplete Passwords: These passwords are saved in the following location in the Registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2 The passwords are encrypted with the URL of the Web sites that asked for the passwords, and thus they can only be recovered if the URLs are stored in the history file. If you clear the history file, IE PassView won’t be able to recover the passwords until you visit again the Web sites the asked for the passwords.
♦ HTTP Authentication Passwords: These passwords are stored in the Credentials file under: Documents and Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Credentials, together with login passwords of LAN computers and other passwords. Due to security limitations, IE PassView can recover these passwords only if you have administrator rights.”
Anchor Link Index.dat Analyzer
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-05-06
Version: – Released: 2010-03-10 Windows: XP, Vista
File Size: 1 MB
“Index.dat Analyzer is a simple tool to view and delete the content of index.dat files that contain references to cookies, browser history and cached pages. The entries are normally not removed by simply clearing the cache in your browser. Index.dat Analyzer enables you to review those entries, and optionally delete them, or extract files to a different folder.”
Anchor Link Internet Explorer 9
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-03-15
Version: 9.0.8112.16421 – Released: 2011-03-15 Windows: Vista, 7
File Size: 35.9 MB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“Internet Explorer 9 makes your web feel as native as the applications running on Windows. The improvements to Internet Explorer are as much about what you don’t see as what you do see. Internet Explorer 9 has a streamlined design, fewer dialog boxes to click through, more intuitive navigation, and many new features that speed up your web browsing experience. Features like Pinned Sites let you pin your favorite website directly to the taskbar for one-click access. Other features, like hardware acceleration, deliver an all-around faster browsing experience. With Internet Explorer 9, websites perform and feel more like the programs you use every day on your PC.”
Anchor Link Internet Explorer 10.0
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-02-26
Version: 10.0 Final – Released: 2013-02-26 Windows: 7
File Size: 22.0 MB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“Microsoft has just released the final version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, so the company most likely expects the majority of users to make the move to the latest build of its in-house browser.
“System requirements are pretty important, however, when it comes to such an update, especially since the preview version of IE10 for Windows 7 was often criticized for slowing down computers.
“The final version of the browser is obviously supposed to provide a full browsing experience, so you shouldn’t experience any slowdown or errors while using it. Of course, this new build works just fine on both x64 and x86 versions of Windows 7, but keep in mind that Service Pack 1 is required in order to be allowed to install it.
“As for the system requirements, here are all of them, as provided by Microsoft ”
[ Download also available at: Major Geeks Ed. ]
Anchor Link Internet Explorer Collection
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2010-06-22
Version: – Released: 2010-06-22 Windows: All
File Size: 55 MB
“Internet Explorer is a web browser developed by Microsoft. Windows Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer) is based on the Trident render engine, which does not follow the W3C Web Standards.
“Internet Explorer Collection contains multiple IE versions, which are standalone so they can be used at the same time. Conditional Comments work exactly the same as in the native versions. The original version number is shown correcty in the User Agent string. The version number can be found in the window title too. Internet Explorer Collection also includes the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar 1.00.2188.0. This Explorer Bar provides a variety of tools which make troubleshooting websites easier. The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar is compatible with Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher when using Windows 2000 or higher.
“Internet Explorer Collection contains the following versions of IE:
• Internet Explorer 1.0 (4.40.308)
• Internet Explorer 1.5 (
• Internet Explorer 2.01 (2.01.046)
• Internet Explorer 3.0 (3.0.1152)
• Internet Explorer 3.01 (3.01.2723)
• Internet Explorer 3.03 (3.03.2925)
• Internet Explorer 4.01 (4.72.3110.0)
• Explorer 5.01 (5.00.3314.2100)
• Explorer 5.5 (5.51.4807.2300)
• Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2800.1106)
• Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2900.2180)
• Explorer 7.0 (7.00.5730.13)
• Explorer 8.0 (8.00.6001.18702)”
Anchor Link Milly’s WinClean
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
“Milly’s WinClean is mainly for fully deleting (though not secure wiping) the TIF – and any other stuff you wish, too (especially, but not limited to, files ‘locked’ by Windows during normal use). This is an easy way to delete any or all of:
¤ IE Temporary Internet Files
¤ IE History
¤ Cookies folder
¤ Temporary Files folder
¤ Recent Documents MRU list
¤ Any others, if you add them yourself.
“There are two versions. One works with Windows 9x (and maybe Windows ME). The other with Windows XP (but usually not Windows NT/2000).”
Anchor Link OE-QuoteFix
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
Version: 1.19.2 – Released: 2003-05-08 Windows: 9x, Me, 2000, XP
File Size: 421 KB Requires: Outlook Express 5.x/6.x
“OE-QuoteFix will extend the functionality of MS Outlook Express in numerous ways! Its main purpose is to modify message composition windows on-the-fly to allow for correct quoting and to change the appearance of your plain-text replies and forwards in general: move your signature, use compressed indentation, have RFC compliant signatures, etc.
“But the second feature is equally practical: OE-QuoteFix can instantly color quoted passages (according to the level of indentation), fix bad quoting and generally beautify messages as you view them in Outlook Express.”
[ The download is no longer available at the author’s site, but MajorGeeks still has the latest version (click on the Buton above).
A couple of things to note when you have SP2 or 3 installed. OE-QuoteFix uses external files to color quoted material and to replace emoticons with icons. After installing WinXP SP2, OE is configured by default to block automatic downloads of external content. That means the coloring and icons features in OE-QuoteFix will not work. If you wish to use these features, you must disable the block in OE under: Tools| Options| Security.
Furthermore, SP2 makes changes in OE’s Read all messages in plain text feature. Instead of using an IE control, it now uses the RichEdit control. OE-QuoteFix will not function at all if you enable the plain text feature in OE under: Tools| Options| Read.
Gary (AKA Moody) ]
Anchor Link Ole!
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
Open Link Elsewhere
“My own little hack which adds items to the Internet Explorer right-click menu with which links, or the current page, can be opened in the system/profile default browser, and/or a named browser (menu items for Firefox and Opera and OffByOne are provided: you choose which you want to install, and others can easily be added).”
Anchor Link Outlook Converter
License: Shareware – $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2010-06-28
Version: 10.09 – Released: 2010-06-28 Windows: All
File Size: 2.5 MB
“ABC Amber Outlook Converter is intended to help you keep your important emails, newsletters, other important messages organized in one file. It is a useful tool that converts your emails from MS Outlook to any document format (PDF, DOC, HTML, CHM, RTF, HLP, TXT, DBF, CSV, XML, MDB, etc.) easily and quickly. It generates the contents with bookmarks (in PDF, DOC, RTF and HTML), keeping hyperlinks.
“All you have to do is select required messages, choose document the format to convert to and click Save As button. Also you can use this tool as MSG Converter.”
Anchor Link Outlook Express Backup Stanley’s Pick
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2009-10-26
Version: – Released: 2008-09-25 Windows: 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003
File Size: 2.4 MB Requires: OE 5.0 or later
“ABF Outlook Express Backup is a backup, restore, and synchronization tool for the popular Outlook Express mail client. It allows you to backup and restore your messages, address book, settings, mail and news accounts, message rules, blocked senders lists, signatures, stationeries, and even your favorites.
“All backup functions can be processed either separately or together. The user can choose an identity for saving or restoring the data. ABF OE Backup allows you to backup your data on one computer and restore it to another. This feature makes ABF Outlook Express Backup not just a backup program but also an ideal and perfectly functional synchronization tool. This program is easy to use and has a simplified user interface, very useful for beginners. The user interface is multilingual.”
Anchor Link Outlook Express Converter
License: Shareware – $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2009-05-02
Version: 6.06 – Released: 2009-05-02 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
“ABC Amber Outlook Express Converter is intended to help you keep your important mails, newsletters, newsgroups mails organized in one file (as hypertext system). It is a very useful tool which converts your emails from Outlook Express to any document format (CHM, PDF, HTML, RTF, HLP, TXT Ansi, TXT Unicode, DOC, MCW, WPS, SAM, RFT, WS4, WS7, WRI, etc.) easily and quickly.
“All you have to do is select required messages, choose document format to convert and click Save As button. Currently our software supports more than 50 languages.”
Anchor Link Outlook Express Repair
License: Shareware – $39.95 Last Reviewed: 2010-06-25
Version: 3.2.0 – Released: 2010-06-25 Windows: All
File Size: 2.5 MB
“Repair Tool for Outlook Express is a standalone Outlook Express email recovery application that is capable of repairing OE messages preserving the original folder structure (a separate subfolder is created on the disk for each Outlook Express folder). Another great feature of Outlook Express Repair Tool is that it allows you preview corrupted messages prior to restoring them! This way you may choose between complete Outlook Express repair and restoring most important messages. Outlook Express Repair Tool allows restoring attached files as well! Simply choose messages | attachments to restore and let the application do the rest!
“Also it is possible to recover recently or accidentally deleted Outlook Express emails. This feature allows you to recover recently deleted email messages even if they have been deleted from the Deleted Items folder.”
Anchor Link PurgeIE
License: Shareware – $19.95 – Pro $29.95 Last Reviewed: 2013-03-06
Version: 9.01 – Released: 2013-01-21 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8
Pro Version: 5.01 – Released: 2013-01-21 Requires: Internet Explorer 5.0 – 10.0
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“PurgeIE PurgeIE is a program for removing your surfing tracks from your computer. Internet Explorer keeps a lot of information that can reveal your surfing habits. This includes a history of each site you have visited in addition to a copy of each of the Webpages. PurgeIE optionally displays a list of the items it deletes and provides a ‘Preview’ function to let you determine the items that would be deleted by the ‘Purge’ function. PurgeIE frees up wasted space on your HardDrive. PurgeIE functions without requiring you to restart your computer.
“PurgeIE Pro is the professional edition of PurgeIE. In addition to the features in PurgeIE, PurgeIE Pro includes Secure Erase and supports Plugins. Although several Plugins are distributed with PurgeIE Pro, a separate program is available for you to create your own Plugins to delete files, folders and Registry entries. PurgeIE Pro supports separate option sets for the various execution modes.”