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Writing from Switzerland, reader Keith Stay seeks an answer for why his favorite browser add-on keeps failing on Internet Explorer 11.
Keith’s running the browser on 64-bit Win10 and Win7, but the same problem can occur with Win8.
- “Several weeks ago, after updates were installed on my Win7 PC, I noticed that my Google search history had vanished from IE 11. Moreover, I no longer received suggestions when typing in a search string.
“The same problem subsequently appeared on two Win10 laptops and a Win10 desktop, after update installations.
“Because Internet search results weren’t very helpful, I rolled IE 11 back to IE 8 on the Win7 PC. Lo and behold, everything went back to normal (including the original search history).
“I then updated to IE 10 — still A-OK. I then upgraded to IE 11, and still OK — at first.