How to disable or remove browser plugins and add-ons

Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome each allow for the use of plug-ins and add-ons, which are scripts that augment the functionality of the browser. This document contains information on how to disable or remove a plug-in or add-on from each of the three main browsers.

Internet Explorer users
Firefox users
Google Chrome users

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer

  1. In the menu bar, select Tools > Manage add-ons or click on the "Gear" icon Internet Explorer Tools icon and select Manage add-ons.
  2. In the Manage Add-ons window, find the add-on from the list of currently loaded add-ons on the right.
  3. Select it and click on the Disable button at the bottom right as shown in the picture below.

Internet Explorer add-on window

The add-on should now be disabled.

Note: To fully remove the add-on, find where the add-on files were installed on the computer hard drive and delete the files manually. Windows users may also be able to uninstall add-on files through the Add/Remove programs.

FirefoxFirefox

  1. In the menu bar, select Tools > Add-ons.
  2. In the Add-ons window, click on the Plugins icon.
  3. Find the plug-in from the list of installed plug-ins that you want to remove.
  4. Select it and click on the Disable button on the right side, as shown in the picture below.

Firefox addons

Once pressed, the plug-in is disabled and will not run anymore.

Note: To fully remove the add-on, find where the add-on files were installed on the computer hard drive and delete the files manually. Windows users may also be able to uninstall add-on files through the Add/Remove programs.

ChromeGoogle Chrome

Note: In Google Chrome, Add-ons are called Extensions.

  1. At the top right of the browser, click on the "wrench" Chrome wrench icon or "Menu" Chrome Menu button icon and navigate to Tools > Extensions or More tools > Extensions (depending on your version of Chrome).
  2. In the Extensions tab, find the extension from the list of installed extensions that you want to remove.
  3. Click the Disable link or Uninstall link under the name of the extension, as shown in the picture below. These actions either disable the extension or completely uninstall it, depending on which link you click.

Google Chrome extensions

You can disable plug-ins in Google Chrome by following these steps:

  1. In the address bar, type about:plugins.
  2. In the Plug-ins tab, find the plug-in you want to disable.
  3. Click the Disable link below the name of the plug-in, as shown in the picture below.

Google Chrome plug-ins

Note: To fully remove the add-on, find where the add-on files were installed on the computer hard drive and delete the files manually. Windows users may also be able to uninstall add-on files through the Add/Remove programs.

Additional information

  • See our plugin definition for further information and related links.