Manage or Disable Browser Add-ons & Extensions in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, IE

From time to time, you must make a habit of looking at your browser add-ons, extension and plugins. The reason this is recommended is because, over a period of time you may have installed browsers add-ons for which you may have no use now. It is also quite possible that some software or website may have without your knowledge, installed some add-on. In such a case, you may want to disable or completely uninstall these add-ons. This will also improve your browsing experience.

Add remove browser extensions in Chrome

Chrome users can type chrome://extensions in the address bar and hit Enter to open the following page. You can also access it via Chrome Options.


Disable Browser Add-ons & Extensions

You will be able to enable, disable or delete the browser extension, and also get more extensions, should you want to add some.

Disable or Remove browser add-ons in Firefox

Firefox users can open the Menu and select Add-ons. The following settings page will open.

Manage Browser add ons

On this page, you can get more add-ons and extensions, and remove or disable them. If any options to tweak the add-on settings are available, they will be offered here.

Manage Browser add-ons in Internet Explorer

To manage browser add-ons in Internet Explorer, open IE and press Alt+X to open Tools. Here you will see Manage add-ons. Click on it and the following box will open.

manage add-ons

Here, you can select the browser add-on which you wish to disable and right-click on it. You will see several context menu options, one of which is Disable. Select Disable to disable the add-on. This panel also lets you find more add-ons, toolbars and extensions. A link for this appears in the bottom left corner.

WinPatrol is one good freeware that lets you easily disable or remove browser add-ons in Internet Explorer. You may want to have a look at it.

If you find that your Manage Add-ons button in Internet Explorer is grayed out, this post may help you.

Read: How to install or uninstall Extensions in Microsoft Edge browser.

Enable, disable browser plugins in Opera

If you are an Opera user, after you open it, click Ctrl+Shift+E to open the browser extensions settings. You can also open this page via Settings > Extensions.

manage browser plugins

You can add, disable or remove the extensions and tweak its Options. You can also set keyboard shortcuts for them.

We hope that this post helps you manage your browser add-ons and consequently, keep your browser running smoothly. I would also like to say that you must always make sure that you update your Browser plug-ins, extensions and add-ons regularly.

BrowserAddonsView is a small freeware that lets you easily manage browser add-ons.

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