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550 Access Toolbar - a good toolbar with a question

Website - Free, but not true FreeWare

reviewed by ClifNotes on 16 Jan 2005


Notes on 13 Oct 2005

I first tried this toolbar back in January of this year. I was suspicious of it at first. I thought it might contain hidden spyware or adware. They are using a sort of advertisement when you use one of the optional features called Precision Search. The search results are most likely to bring you their affiliates if I understand correctly. I guess it's the same sort of advertising you might get at Google.


When you look at the great features this toolbar has, it's not surprising this toolbar might remain popular with many people. This toolbar was rated well at Download.com, but as far as I'm concerned the jury is still out on this one.


Review from Jan 2005

While I was reading about the features of this toolbar, I was most interested in it's popup blocking, formfilling, and website passkey abilities. After installing I tested the popup blocking. It does a fine job there. I tried the form fill. It's working. When you enable the ad and banner blocking those features worked well. The passkey feature is supposed to fill in login names and passwords for you at web pages that ask for them. I couldn't get this feature to work for me. It could be because I use AI Roboform for the same thing and I wasn't willing to uninstall it to try this one out. The rest of the features worked like they say. One thing I didn't like was that the Toolbar accesses the internet on it's own as soon as I fire up Internet Explorer. I don't know what it's doing that for. Summary: Seems to be safe to use and it may work better for other people than what it does for me.





Quote from 550 Access

Blocks Pop-ups

Blocks Search Ads

Improves surfing speeds

Manages Passwords

Automatic Account Logins

Includes AutoFill

One-click system cleanup

Multiple search options

Customizable settings