Internet Explorer (IE) is a very popular web browser. Its owned by Microsoft and dates as far back as 1995. Yet, it’s still topping the chart as they keep innovating and producing newer versions to meet up with current trends.
How To Download The Current Version of Internet Explorer
Current versions of Internet Explorer can be obtained from the Browsers section of the Microsoft Download Center at http://microsoft.com/download.
While generally not recommended, old versions of IE can be installed on computers. Installation packages for old versions of IE can be obtained from oldversion.com.
Download Internet Explorer Security Patches
Arguably, the most important of all software downloads related to Internet Explorer are security patches that Microsoft releases regularly. Software patches are small modifications to existing applications that update and replace specific files of the application without requiring them to be uninstalled or losing the user’s settings. Due to the large number of security attacks that occur on the Internet daily, patches have become essential for fixing any potential security issues that appear online, particularly with popular applications like Internet Explorer.
Windows users can obtain regular Internet Explorer security patches via Windows Update. Experts recommend enabling the “automatic update” feature of Windows Update for “recommended” downloads so that the installation of security patches does not get delayed waiting for a user to start them.
Downloading Internet Explorer Add-Ons
Microsoft defines four categories of add-ons:
- toolbars and extensions
- Search providers
- tracking protection
Browser toolbars have historically been the most popular optional browser download for Web browsers generally, not just Internet Explorer. These toolbars provide shortcut links and time-saving ways to pass data from a Web page to a third-party Web site.
Search provider add-ons allow a user to take text typed into the Internet Explorer address bar and direct it to a specific Web search engine the browser sends its search requests.
An accelerator enables selecting text from a Web page and sending it to a Web service via the right-click menu.
The list of Internet Explorer add-ons installed on a system can be accessed from the IE Tools menu and the “Manage to add ons” menu option. Individual add-ons can also be disabled and/or removed through this same interface.
Microsoft maintains a gallery of IE add-ons available for download at iegallery.com.