Disable JavaScript In Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera

A few days back, we saw the difference between Java and JavaScript and how to disable Java. In this tutorial, we will see how to disable JavaScript in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers on Windows.

Effects of disabling JavaScript in your browser

JavaScript is a standard web programming language that delivers interactive web pages. JavaScript takes advantage of the enhanced functionality and dynamic interfaces that a website may have to offer. If you disable it, you browsing speed is sure to improve dramatically. You will find your web pages loading really fast. But it could also break many a cool interactive features on your favorite websites, like menus, sounds, sharing buttons, ads, etc. You may not be able to log in to websites or forums. Unlike “Java disablers” there are very few people who disable JavaScript – probably less than 3-4%. But if you’d like to disable it, then read on!

Disable JavaScript in Internet Explorer

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To disable JavaScript in Internet Explorer, open Internet Options >  Security tab > Select Internet zone > Click Custom level.

In the windows which opens, disable Active Scripting. Click Apply/OK and restart your Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Disable JavaScript in Chrome

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If you want to disable JavaScript in Google Chrome, click on Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy > Content Settings.

In the window which opens, select Do not allow any site to run JavaScript. If you want to add exceptions you may do so by clicking on its Manage exceptions button. Click OK and restart Chrome

Disable JavaScript in Firefox

In Firefox 23 and later the option to disable JavaScript via Options > Content > Enable JavaScript has been removed. Now to disable JavaScript in Fireox, you will have to type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter.

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Search for search for javascript.enabled and double-click on it to toggle its value to False. Restart Firefox.

To re-enable JavaScript, set vale of javascript.enabled to True.

QuickJava addon for Firefox will let you instantly disable, enable, Java, JavaScript, Flash on the fly.

Disable JavaScript in Opera

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If you use Opera and want to disable JavaScript, open its Menu > Settings > Quick Preferences > uncheck Enable JavaScript. Restart Opera web browser.

Hope that helps!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

3 Comments

  1. Anand,
    I’m a big fan of your helpful posts and respect your expertise. This is useful article in the way it provides steps for each browser but mostly I hope it helps more people understand that Java & JavaScript are totally different. Recently, I’ve instructed people to remove Java & many had or wanted to know how to disable JavaScript. While JavaScript has some cases of flaws and abuse it’s nothing compared to the potential vulnerabilities of Oracle’s Java. JavaScript, Active Scripting, JScript or whatever it’s called is a spec that (IMHO) is a wonderful, powerful tool. It can be used to really make a web page pop.

  2. That is indeed true. Many confuse between Java and JavaScript.

    Every other day, one gets to read about vulnerabilities being found in Java. While I have chosen to uninstall Java from my computer, I have not disabled JavaScript.

    Thanks for stopping by, Bill. 🙂

  3. Prash Mal

    Couldnt work any of the techniques above. The page i was trying to open didnt allow to paste the java code in browser. Then I disabled the java settings and the page didnt even open

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