Whatever browser you may use – whether it’s Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Google Chrome – make sure it keeps running smoothly. One way of checking is to disable a selection of plugins, extensions, and add-ons on your browser. This short, but concise guide teaches you how to do it.
What You Need:
An updated version of any browser (i.e. Firefox, IE or Google Chrome)
A selection of browser extensions, add-ons, and plugins
What to Do:
1. To disable plugins in Google Chrome, type chrome://plugins into the address bar and press the Enter key. You’ll be given a list of all installed plugins in Chrome. Look through the list and click on the Disable link below each plugin you wanted to stop running. Disabled plugins are grayed out and can be enabled by clicking teh corresponding link.
2. To view the extensions in Chrome, just type chrome://extensions into the address bar and press Enter. Alternatively, click the browser’s dropdown menu button on the upper right-hand corner, choose Tools and then Extensions to see the list. To disable an extension, tick off the box before the Enabled option. To remove the extension, click the tiny trashbin icon and confirm the action.
3. Disabling a plugin or browser extension in Google Chrome takes effect immediately. In contrast, disabling a plugin or add-on in Firefox requires a browser restart. To disable Firefox add-ons, look at the list through the Tools menu and then the Addons option. Check the plugins list through the menu tabs on the left.
You can update your add-ons or disable them by clicking the Disable button and restarting the browser. Meanwhile, you may deactivate plugins by clicking the dropdown menu on the right and choosing the Never Activate option. You can always Enable add-ons or click the Always Activate option in the drop-down menu for plugins.
4. If you’re using Internet Explorer and you want to disable a plugin or add-on, then click the gear icon on the upper right-hand corner. Open the Tools menu and choose the Manage Add-ons option. Under Show, click All Add-ons to display a list of all installed browser extensions. Select the add-on, click the Disable button, and then Close.
You may be using a browser other than those mentioned, but the most likely place to find a list of your browser’s add-ons is in the Tools menu and under the Extensions tab.