LoneTear Helper

By LoneTear Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Try this little utility for some added functionality for your Internet Explorer, but be aware of some language issues that crop up.

LoneTear Helper adds minor functionality to your IE, but with so many blockers and protections built in or already available in upgrades, many of this utility's features are a bit redundant. Launching it loaded an icon in our system tray, from which we could open a tabbed but slightly confusing configuration dialog box.

Although the publisher says LoneTear works under Vista, we couldn't make it happen. We therefore tested it under XP. We liked that LoneTear added some mouse-gesture commands for page navigation, and blacklisting a page was simply a matter of clicking once. The latter feature might be easy to use accidentally, thus blacklisting a page you may actually consider a favorite.

Although English is one of the program's five available languages, some buttons displayed gibberish during installation. That may intimidate novice and experienced users alike. While no language problems cropped up after launch, the possibility stayed in the back of our minds during testing, especially when we contemplated the utility's name.

LoneTear, like the publisher says, is a lightweight utility. This add-on is easy enough to use, but you can find all these functionalities in other, more robust add-ons that may not have the same language concerns.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.4

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added April 14, 2007
Version 1.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista


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Developer's Description

LoneTear Helper is a light-weight system helper to protect and enhance your Internet Explorer. It is also a smart assistant for your daily business. Visit forward or backward page by simply moving your mouse; Block pop-up advertisement; Block/ Manage IE add-ons; restore IE settings, delete right-click menu, toolbar and BHO add-ins; URL shortcut (e.g. just enter lt to visit lonetear.com); manage auto-run programs, defer loading auto-run programs to make your system start up more smoothly; quickly open Outlook notes from Tray Menu. No need to paste memo around your seat anymore.
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