How to Remove Browser Extensions

Have an Extension that you hate? Have one that may be spying on you? Here is how to remove Extensions from your Browser:

 

Google Chrome

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Firefox

Disable or remove Add-ons

Extensionsthemes, and plugins are all types of add-ons for Firefox. This article describes how to disable and remove add-ons in Firefox.

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How to disable extensions and themes

Disabling an extension or theme will turn it off without removing it:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button, and then click Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions or Appearance panel.
  3. Select the add-on you wish to disable.
  4. Click its Disable button.
  5. Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.

To re-enable the add-on, find it in the list of Add-ons and click Enable, then restart Firefox if required.

How to disable plugins

Disabling a plugin will turn it off without removing it:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button, and then click Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Plugins panel.
  3. Select the plugin you wish to disable.
  4. Select Never Activate in its drop-down menu.

To re-enable the plugin, find it in the list of Plugins and select Always Activate in its drop-down menu.

How to remove extensions and themes

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button, and then click Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions or Appearance panel.
  3. Select the add-on you wish to remove.
  4. Click the Remove button.
  5. Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.

How to uninstall plugins

Most plugins come with their own uninstallation utilities. For help uninstalling a certain plugin, go to the list of plugins articles and select the article for the plugin you want to uninstall.

Troubleshooting


Internet Explorer

 

Manage add-ons in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 11 

Add-ons are apps that Internet Explorer uses to interact with web content like videos and games. Toolbars and extensions are also types of add-ons. Some common add-ons are Adobe Flash, Quicktime, and Silverlight. Internet Explorer is designed to provide an add-on free experience, and will play HTML5 and many Adobe Flash videos without needing to install a separate add-on. You'll only be able to install and use add-ons Internet Explorer for the desktop. If you're trying to view a page that requires add-ons, view it in the desktop: swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or right-click) to bring up the app commands, tap or click the Page tools button , and then tap or click View in the desktop.

Note

  • In Windows RT, add-ons aren't supported by either Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Installing and using add–ons in the desktop

If you're missing an add-on that you need to view a page, Internet Explorer will let you know, and will prompt you to install the add-on. Some add-ons come pre-installed by other apps or your PC's manufacturer.

To view installed add-ons

To turn add-ons on

Turning off and removing add-ons

Add-ons can sometimes cause browsers to run slowly and crash, or they might pose a security or compatibility risk. You can turn off specific add-ons to help increase your browsing speed, or if you suspect they're causing problems for Internet Explorer. You can also remove add-ons that you're no longer using from your PC. It's a good idea to delete add-ons if you suspect they're causing performance, compatibility, or security problems.

To turn off add–ons

To remove add–ons from your PC

The risks of installing add-ons

While add-ons can make your browsing experience better by giving you access to great web content, some add-ons can pose security, privacy, or performance risks. Make sure any add-ons you install are from a trusted source.

Enhanced Protected Mode and add-ons

Enhanced Protected Mode helps protect your PC and personal data from malware and other attacks. When it's turned on, add-ons such as toolbars, extensions, and browser helper objects can only run if they're compatible with Enhanced Protected Mode. You'll be notified if an add-on is incompatible. If you need to run an incompatible add-on, you can turn off Enhanced Protected Mode in the desktop browser.

To turn on Enhanced Protected Mode

To turn off Enhanced Protected Mode