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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's New! It's "Improved!" and now, It's WORSE!!!"

    April 26, 2011  |   By fjord_fox

    Pros

    Nothing to report now.

    Cons

    I uninstalled this TWICE and reinstalled version 6.9, only to have it AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE to THIS VERSION! All the important buttons are now hidden. It's now just a toolbar with ONLY the Google searchbar stretching halfway across the screen.

    Summary

    In addition to what these two people have already said about the concept of the toolbar being for quick access to your most favorite buttons/functions, I would like to say that someone wasn't thinking when they made this new version. Newer is not always better, and this one really takes the cake! This is the WORST that they could ever make it. My guess is that they probably hired a kid fresh out of college who thought he could change the world with his new "sleeker and trimmer" toolbar, but just as something similar happened to McAfee Internet Security recently that caused them a great deal of embarassment and caused them to lose a lot of their customers, due to the inconvenience it caused them, I think this one is going to blow up in Google's face when many people, like myself and the two who are already complaining here, leave Google for good and never come back.

    The stupidest thing about this "update" is that now, PageRank is hidden. You need to SEE PageRank to know if the webpage is good or bad!!!

    There are no instructions telling how to use this toolbar, unless you actually READ the "Thankyou for downloading" webpage, and on that, it says that the buttons DO go onto the toolbar as you use them. However that is only partially true. It only works for up to 6, and when you try to get the 7th one to stay on the toolbar, it will, but button #1 falls off, so you still only have 6 on the toolbar. Then, if you don't keep using them, they fall off, until eventually, you would be back again to only having the Google searchbar, which, really, is redundant, because no matter what browser you have, you already have a Google searchbar, so why have a toolbar if that is all it's going to add?

    In addition, I think their troubles began somewhere in all the updates of version 6. I installed Version 7 because C/Net Tech Tracker told me of the new update. I didn't like it, and luckily for me, I keep the last previous version on my flash-drive so if I don't like the new version, I can always go back, so I uninstalled this version and re-installed version 6.6.916.106, but a day or so later, Version 7 automatically came back. I immediately uninstalled it again, and before the end of the night, it was back again to version 7. Then I understood that the version 6.6 was automatically updating it without my approval! I looked for a way to turn off the automatic updates, but there is none. I think that is going to be a major problem for Google.

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