How to Get Rid of All Those Unwanted Browser Extensions
Today, most browsers support extensions aimed to modify and improve their functionality. Though it`s cool to install some new perks for your browser, too many extensions may slow it down. Some programs like antivirus software don`t need your permission to install their browser extensions. So, keeping track of the list of extensions is important for keeping your browser running at its best.
In this post, we`ll explain how to uninstall or disable extensions in the most popular browsers like Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. Let`s start!
Uninstall Extensions in Google Chrome With A Couple of Clicks
Uninstalling extensions in Google Chrome is as easy as pie. Here`s what to do:
- Launch Google Chrome
- Click on the menu button (three dots in the top right corner)
From the popup menu, select More Tools tab -> Extensions. Here, you`ll see the list of all installed extensions. Scroll down to see all of them.
Click on the trash can near any extension you want to remove. You can also deselect the Enabled box if you want to disable the extensions without uninstalling them.
If you`ve enabled syncing with your Google account, it`ll also sync the extensions you install. So, if you uninstall any extension on this computer, they`ll be automatically uninstalled on your other devices. You don`t need to restart your browser after disabling or uninstalling extensions.
Uninstalling Extensions in Safari Is Also Easy
If you want to uninstall extensions in Safari, do the following:
- Launch Safari browser
Click on the Safari tab in the menu bar at the top of your screen
- From the popup menu, select Preferences (don`t press Safari Extensions tab – it`ll take you directly to Safari Extensions Gallery)
- In the appearing window, click on the blue puzzle sign at the top of this window.
You`ll see all the extensions installed in Safari.
Pick up the extensions you want to uninstall and either hit the Uninstall button or unselect the Enable box for extensions you don`t want to remove but want to temporarily disable.
Let`s See How To Handle Add-ons in Mozilla Firefox
There`s no rocket science in extension uninstalling in Mozilla Firefox. Just follow these steps:
- Launch Firefox
- Click on the Menu button in the top right corner and hit the ‘Add-ons’ button. You`ll get directly to the list of add-ons installed in Firefox.
Hit the puzzle sign on the left to view all browser extensions (other icons in this section let you change the installed themes and plug-ins)
- Make a right click to uninstall extensions from your browser or disable them. If there`s a link ‘Restart Now’, restart your browser to finish the uninstallation.
In case an extension was installed by another program, you won`t be able to delete it, but you can disable it. If you want to delete this extension, you`ll have to uninstall the associated app. You can try to remove the extension’s files manually, but the program can re-add them. In any case, you don`t have to worry about it – a disabled extension won`t run in your browser.
How to Easily Uninstall Extensions in Opera
If you want to delete extensions in Opera, do the following:
- Fire up Opera browser (when it`s launched, you`ll see Opera tab appearing in the menu bar at the top of your screen)
- Click on the View tab in the menu bar and select Show Extensions from the popup window. There will be displayed the list of installed extensions, including enabled and disabled.
- Click on the X sign to remove the extension or hit Disable button in case you want to temporarily disable it.
It`s Easy, Right?
Managing browser extensions is important to enhance your browser`s work. With our tips, you`ll need about five minutes to get things done. Just try to do it regularly, and you`ll see how speedy your browser can be. Note that the screenshots and most of the tips are applicable on deleting browser extentions on Mac browsers. However, most of them also work on Windows based devices.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.