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 ABS Toolbar

ABS Toolbar is a free Browser Toolbar for Internet Explorer, and features the following:

  • Popup blocker with counter.
  • Built in one-click Web Searching.
  • Browser Skins included or make your own.
  • Links on ABS.
  • Ability to send links to a friend.

The toolbar addresses your concerns:

  • Installs in seconds
  • Is Completely FREE
  • Contains No spyware!
  • Is Uninstallable
 

 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

System Requirements

  1. What are the system requirements to run ABS Toolbar?
  2. When will ABS Toolbar be available for other browsers?
  3. Can AOL browser users install ABS Toolbar?

Installation

  1. Why do some users get an ActiveX error message when trying to install ABS Toolbar?
  2. ABS Toolbar is installed, but it does not appear on the browser.
  3. Why does the installation of ABS Toolbar fail when using Windows NT, 2000, or XP?
  4. How do users know if a new version of ABS Toolbar is available?
  5. I followed instructions in this FAQ but my installation still fails. What can I do?

Using the ABS Toolbar

  1. Why is ABS Toolbar different from other toolbars?
  2. Can the user change ABS Toolbar preferences?
  3. Is it possible to change the location of ABS Toolbar in Internet Explorer?
  4. Does ABS Toolbar contain spyware?

Buttons

  1. Can the user make the ABS Toolbar disappear or reappear?

Popup Blocker

  1. How do I use the popup blocker?
  2. What does the number mean next to the popup blocker?
  3. How do I know when a popup is blocked?

Skins

  1. What are skins?
  2. How do I create my own skins?

System Requirements

1: What are the system requirements to run ABS Toolbar?

The system requirements for running ABS Toolbar are:

  • Microsoft Windows (95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or greater.

2: When will ABS Toolbar be available for other browsers?

ABS Toolbar is only available for Internet Explorer for the moment. The implementation of ABS Toolbar with other browsers will be developed in the future.

3: Can AOL browser users install ABS Toolbar?

ABS Toolbar can only be installed on Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or greater for the moment.


Installation

1: Why do some users get an ActiveX error message when trying to install ABS Toolbar?

Your Internet security settings might be on High. This setting will prevent ActiveX controls from running. To install ABS Toolbar, you must have ActiveX controls enabled. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  • From your browser, select Tools > Internet Options
  • Click on the Security Tab
  • Click on the Internet icon in the window
  • Change security setting to Medium
  • Click OK
  • Try to reinstall ABS Toolbar.

2: ABS Toolbar is installed, but it does not appear on the browser.

From your browser, click on "View > Toolbars" and select ABS Toolbar.

3: Why does the installation of ABS Toolbar fail when using Windows NT, 2000, or XP?

People trying to install ABS Toolbar on Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP need administrative privileges on their PC. They should consult with their systems administrator for further information.

4: How do users know a new version of ABS Toolbar is available?

ABS Toolbar has an auto-update system. Users are notified when an update is made to the toolbar's DLL. To ensure a flawless update, a warning is issued if more than one instance of Internet Explorer is opened.

5: I followed the instructions in this FAQ but my installation still fails. What can I do?

If you still have trouble installing ABS Toolbar, contact Focalex technical support.


Using the ABS Toolbar

1: Why is ABS Toolbar different from other toolbars?

ABS Toolbar allows you to easily send your current webpage to your friends with one click. Rather than cutting and pasting links or copying articles, you can use the "Send this Page to a Friend" button to forward any page to up to four of your friends, complete with your own message.

2: Can the user change ABS Toolbar preferences?

ABS Toolbar options can be modified by the user through a Web page, inside Internet Explorer. It communicates with the DLL.

3: Is it possible to change the location of ABS Toolbar in Internet Explorer?

From your browser, make sure that "Lock the toolbars" on "View > Toolbars" is not checked. Once done, you can move ABS Toolbar by grabbing it with the mouse and moving it elsewhere.

4: Does ABS Toolbar contain spyware?

Spyware is a general term for programs that surreptitiously monitor your actions; and no, ABS Toolbar does not contain spyware.


Buttons

1: Can the user make the ABS Toolbar disappear or reappear?

To hide ABS Toolbar:

  • From your browser, click View > Toolbars.
  • Make sure the ABS Toolbar menu item is unchecked.

To make the ABS Toolbar reappear:

  • From your browser, click View > Toolbars.
  • Make sure that ABS Toolbar is checked.

Popup Blocker

1: How do I use the popup blocker?

The popup blocker is on by default. You do not need to do anything to make it work. On occassion, the popup blocker will be unable to block a popup window. If you see one, this does not mean that the popup blocker has turned off, but that the website has found a way to circumvent popup blocking technology.

To turn off the popup blocker, simply click the icon. ABS Toolbar will remember the last setting of your popup blocker between browser sessions.

2: What does the number mean next to the popup blocker?

This number represents the number of popups blocked by ABS Toolbar.

3: How do I know when a popup is blocked?

There are two ways to tell when a popup is blocked. Whenever a popup is blocked, your computers default beep can be heard. Additionally, the counter in the toolbar is incremented by the number of popups it actually blocked.


Skins

1: What are skins?

Skins are images that decorate your browser. The only portion of the browser that can be skinned is the area above the web pages, where your menus, buttons, toolbars and address box are. Skins are made from bitmap images and can be downloaded from our skins library or by clicking on the "Skins" button in your toolbar.

2: How do I create my own skins?

If you can not find any that you like from our skins library or by clicking on the "Skins" button in your toolbar, you can make your very own. All you need to do is convert any of your own personal images to a bitmap (.bmp). You can use paint.exe to open your image. For the best results, resize your image to 800 pixels by 100 pixels or simply crop the image to that size. Finally, save your new image as a 24-bit Bitmap. Remember where you saved the file. Now open Internet Explorer and click on the skins menu. Select the "Load skin" option. Navigate to the location of your bitmap, select the bitmap and click open. Your browser will close and quickly reopen showing your newly skinned browser. You can do this as many times as you'd like.

ABS Toolbar Copyright © 2004 Albino Blacksheep, and is powered by tafbar ™, a product of Focalex, Inc. Copyright © 2004 Focalex, Inc. All Rights Reserved.