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Run Internet Explorer and Firefox without Addons

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If you’ve run into a problem with an IE addon, and want to be able to use Internet Explorer as usual, you can disable the addons and run Internet Explorer without any addons.

Here’s how you can disable all addons/extensions and run IE 7 or even IE 8 without them:

  • Go to Start > Run
  • Type iexplore -extoff
  • Press Enter

Internet Explorer will now run without any additional functionality from addons and you’ll see a page like this:

Internet Explorer Without Addons

If you want to be able to use addons again, you’ll have to close Internet Explorer and then start it again.

Run Firefox Without Extensions

Similarly, if you’re having any problems with Firefox, you could disable addons and run it in safe mode. Here’s how:

  • Go to the Run dialog by going to Start > Run
  • Type firefox -safe-mode
  • A window will popup asking things that you want to disable or reset (eg: reset/disable bookmarks/toolbars, etc.)
  • Give the right choices, and press ‘Restart’ for the changes to take effect

Firefox Running In Safe Mode with Extensions Disabled

Do let us know your questions in the comments.

Written by Killer Tech Tips

April 14th, 2008 at 11:03 am

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  • I too wrote about opening Firefox in safe mode if its fails to start up.

  • Nice tips. But let me ask, what happened to good old re-install latest version of FF after uninstalling the version that one has? Is that not a solution to difficulties running the program?

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  • Carlos Carranca

    If you have the Firefox link in the desktop, right click on it and you have a “open in safe mode” option!
    ps: I like your site…

  • Sean Sert

    IE safe-mode no work

  • learnerUser

    AT&T gave us McAfee antivirus, and now Firefox is broken. Might be the add-on from McAfee. I fixed IE 7.0 by reseting to original settings. But McAfee is still broken, and the tips for safe-mode doesn’t solve the problem. Next thing to try is to uninstall and download again.

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  • Hey there,

    Recently any hyperlink within an email will not open when I click on it & I get the following message –

    “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator”

    Anyone tips anyone?


  • Scott

    Macs don’t have a “Start” menu, thank goodness. But the tip is PC-centric. X-b

  • Also das ist eine wirklich wichtige Frage und oft ist die Antwort vielen Leuten nicht bekannt. Man muss sich ständig bemühen und ausprobieren, damit man die beste Variante für sich finden kann.

  • Subscribes to your feed, since this one seems to work fine. But how did you get the safe mode one running?

  • cdphoto

    I am still having problems using the new twitter. won’t let me post a new tweet. Wanted to follow your instructions for Firefox, but they seem to be written for PC. Please fix this it is really annoying. Once you delete the old twitter, I won’t be able to tweet.

  • dean

    This is so stupid of Twitter! Fix your damn site so it works with add-ons. Time to move into this century. What, did you hire your frat buddy, son, etc. to design this site?

  • Karen B

    None of these recommendations worked. As well, safe mode didn’t open for me. I manually disabled all my add-ons from Tools>Properties. Still cannot post a tweet. Also am constantly being asked to relogin. Something to do with API’s.
    I don’t understand why your site doesn’t work. I can tweet from my phone just fine.

  • david shapiro

    what about firefox on a mac?

  • Saz

    I don’t want to have to restart Firefox in ‘Safe mode’ just to post a tweet! If I’m surfing or whatever, why should I have to close Firefox, reopen it in safe mode, go to the Twitter site, post a Tweet, then close Firefox, and reopen it in normal mode to carry on doing something that might involve a plug-in?! Judging by the rest of the comments, ‘safe mode’ won’t necessarily work anyway. Good job Seesmic on my phone seems stable…

  • Michal

    I totally agree. Reason for stop using Twitter for me. But I have to at work … :-/

  • PD Nickels

    “Turn off your add-ons” IS NOT A SOLUTION! The OLD Twitter works perfectly well with the add-ons!!!
    If you can’t get the New Improved (>>!!???<<) Twitter to work right then at least please LEAVE THE OLD TWITTER FOR US until you get the new Twitter FIXED to work the same as the old one!

  • Leonard Mckeon

    what about Safari ..Apple ????

  • Effg

    Sorry! We did something wrong. Try sending your tweet again in a minute

  • This did not work, I’m still getting,
    Sorry! We did something wrong. Try sending your tweet again in a minute.

  • el mio es el explorador google chrome :S

  • The answer to “What about Safari .. Apple????” is “don’t use them”


    Estimados amigos cada vez que sumo amigos y deseo escribirles sale un mensaje que no puedo enviarles el mensaje y menos aun poder seguirlos

  • joeArchAngel

    I can’t reply messages from my follower..please help me..
    Sorry! We did something wrong. Try sending your tweet again in a minute.

  • Katokata27

    Sorry! We did something wrong. Try sending your tweet again in a minute

  • Bazzanigabriela

    no puedo mandar mensajes directos ,aparede el algo salio mal intente mas tarde

  • Jmolinark955

    im still getting “Sorry we Did something wrong pease try sending ur message again in a minute!” message. i keeped refreshing it and i even got on another computer and still wont let me send dm.

  • Blank page, not working in FF 3.4.17. My 32 bit PC can not handle FF 4.0

  • vivin

    hellooo??? what’s going on???i have waiting and still can not tweet my twitter!!!

  • I also can’t see my twitter page…Still blank! I followed the steps, and still didn’t see it. I have FF version 4.0.1; I just upgraded. I have Windows XP. What the heck is going on?

  • bkricansus

    I’m going through the same issue. I don’t know what’s going on. I’ve been having this issue since friday.

  • Monjurahmedbd

    can’t solve problem.

  • ok my twitter page is blank. i have followed all trouble shooting steps. i have windows xp. now what

  • did ur problem get fixed

  • I had the same problem.  Then I loaded Twitter with the Google Chrome browser instead of Internet Explorer and everything worked perfectly.

  • This did me no good!!!!!

  • Asuka_Camui

    How about Google Chrome?
    I use Google Chrome since Internet Explorer and Firefox is laggy to the point that i can’t use it =/ Hope that doesn’t mean that I can never use Twitter anymore.

  • Guest


  • I fixed Twitter on Google Chrome, I allowed it to have pop-ups, and that allowed it to have the layout, and then I allowed it to be exempt from AdBlock, there’s some combination of funky javascript it uses for layering divs on a page, that I think the pop-up blocker detected as a pop-up, and some of the content must be dependent on checking to see if it can serve advertisements, worked for me anyway. 

  • Hansung Gim

     I can’t see my twitter page in Windows XP and even in Linux.. I followed every step listed here, but it didn’t.. What should I do ?

  • Mmashuqueahmed

    My twitter page is showing blank.What is the reason Sir?

  • Aodeal

    I have been unable to access twitter for the past 24 hours. I get a blank screen and my profile page won’t load. I have done all the things it says, but nothing works. I have Windows 7 and I cannot access on either Mozilla Firefox or Explorer. Anyone know how to fix this problem?

  • Manooory

    I was using my twitter account on a app in the iPad and its start sending an add’s without my permission and when I try to inter from the standard website I got that blank page !!! What could I do ??! I tried reset my password but couldn’t work, please help

  • Loveourplanet2

    I am in the same boat. I have IE9, which there are no directions for..I tried it anyway and it just did not recognize the appears, though that no one is having much luck. What happened? First Facebook is acting really fast and loose and now we lost Twitter? Is the world over?

  • Nic W.

    I too did every single step including updates, disabling addons, clearing cache…still blank.  So frustrating.  I also like how the link to contact them in Twitter help doesn’t exist.  What can I do next? 

  • hey. i finally got through. i just cleared the cache and deleted cookies and plug-in data on Google Chrome.. hope you guys can get through soon


    small favor: I cut my own hair, floss twice a day and so forth, BUT remind me: how DOES one “just” clear their cache and delete cookies? GET2LEARN@OPTONLINE.NET

  • Anon

    I followed all the steps and can’t see my twitter page, either. Anybody have a solution for this?  I’m on a brand new Air Mac, so I’m baffled…

  • I cannot see my twitter page, it is blank.  I followed the steps.  Still nothing.

  • having the exact same problem. ever since they killed old twitter.

  • I can’t see my twitter page. It is blank.  I followed the steps.  Still not working. 

  • Since I got switched over to the new twitter last night. My Twitter page has shown up blank. I’m on a Google Chrome browser with Windows XP.

  • amy

    My twitter page is blank. Relieved to see it’s happening to others, however.

  • ezi


  • Christine

    Im having the exact same problem. Followed all of the steps and still just have the top menu bar. 

  • cant see mine either

  • Writergirl426

    Followed all of the steps and still getting the blank page.  I have Windows XP and IE8.  Please help!

  • my twitter page. It is blank.  I followed the steps.  Still not working

  • Mia_13

    Arrrrgh TWITTER! If I paid for this service I would get a refund!! None of your steps work to fix the blank white page problem :*(

  • The same thing other users below have stated. My twitter page is blank despite following the steps. 

  • What about Chrome?! It appears that many people have asked this question and you have not replied.

  • Bk Stylespot

    I have FF 5.0.1 and Windows XP. Just blank. no more.
    With old twitter i hadn’t any problem.

  • Chelsea Williford

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one. IE8, Windows XP. Last night I was still on old twitter and it worked fine. Now, I log on this afternoon and nothing. Blank. Followed all the steps, nothing happened. I sure hope somebody has reported this to twitter.

    *very much unimpressed*

  • Gem

    followed the steps, still blank on google chrome…

  • Maribel26

    he seguido todos los pasos y nada que rabiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Maribel26

    sigo en blanco quiero entrar a mi cuenta en twitter

  • Rosemaryfamiglietti

    I was switched over to the New Twitter and did all the things you said to do, but my screen is blank. Please fix this problem. Why did you have to mess with the old Twitter when it was just  fine?

  • LCellini

    I also cannot see my Twitter Page ever since they deleted the Old Twitter about 2 hours ago. I did all of the steps, and the page is still blank. Further, I just had my Computer fully-updated less than two weeks ago.  Please help us.  Thank You!

  • LCellini

    Why can’t we retain the “Old Twitter?” 

  • I have two twitter pages. but I can’t see a twitter page, It is blank. and the other i do

  • jjjjoooooo

    I’ve done all of these steps still not working, and I know im not the only one… there’s a lot of other people having problems with new twitter…

  • Rev. C. Bruce

    Same here I can’t see my page either.  I wonder what is going on.  I followed the steps too.

  • Whatsmynameagain

    My new twitter wont work on my Chrome either 🙁 not cool twitter.

    I don’t even like the new one at all! It’s so much slower on mine than the old one was. The old one was better.

  • I followed ALL THE STEPS!! my home page is blank!!! -.- 


    I’m tired of this -.

    I’m using google chrome.-

  • ISA76MAR

    I’ve done all of these steps, STILL NOT WORKING! I cant see mi twitter page

  • Abdalla omar ahmed bashomail


  • me too 🙁

  • I cannot see my twitter page, it is blank. I followed the steps. Still nothing.     

  • Guest

    new twitter sux beyond belief…all my friends pages are blank. only way i can see them is if i go to the twitter search, then it pops up…so much slower…person who designed new twitter should be shot and fired!!!

  • Joe

    Same issue, Win 7 64bit IE9 only showing top bar, whats the fix?

  • Khush N

    i dont know if u still have the problem but if it happens again just try clearing out your browsing data.. and have all those boxes checked then try refreshing your twitter page it should work 🙂 i had the same problem and i tried that and it works:)

  • phonecard13

    I would like to see my twitter page please

  • I cannot see my twitter page 🙁

  • Alswitha

    I followed the steps and my home page isn’t blank but everything else is, eg, list of followers.

  • Jud Aster

    Please fix it, I can see twitter in all browsers but ie

  • Amy

    Same here.  Followed steps, home page works, but everything else is blank. 

  • Michal Kellogg

    Still having problems working things on twitter like , going to messages , accepting follower requests , and tweeting . I cant do ANY of these things .. Twitter SUCKS – ____ –

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  • Karenmenjivar

    what did you do to fix the issue? I cant see my page and have tried everything as well

  • Rosemary

    Ill try new pitcher it is a mess everyday

  • Rose

    my whole computer websites are cartooned EVERYTHING

  • How about safari

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