Oops… although I reported concerns about Google’s toolbar identified by Ben Edelman, I seem to have missed the follow-up that Google subsequently addressed his concerns. Thomas Claburn of Information Week reported:
Indeed, Google has acknowledged that its Toolbar wasn’t working as it should have been and has issued fix.
“To be clear, this is only an issue until a user restarts the browser, and it only affects the currently open tabs for a small number of users,” said a Google spokesperson in an e-mailed statement. “Specifically it affects those using Google Toolbar versions 6.3.911.1819 through 6.4.1311.42 in Internet Explorer, with enhanced features enabled, who chose to disable Toolbar without uninstalling it. Once the user restarts the browser, the issue is no longer present. A fix that doesn’t require a browser restart is now available on www.google.com/toolbar and in an automatic update to Google Toolbar that we are starting tomorrow.”
Update: See Ben Edelman’s comments below.