How to disable or remove browser extensions

Updated: 06/30/2020 by Computer Hope
Internet browsers

Most web browsers allow you to install extensions, also called "add-ons." Extensions are small applications that add features to your browser, and enhance or modify the way websites are displayed.

If you installed an extension in your web browser, but you don't want to use it anymore, you can disable the extension, or permanently remove it.

Tip

Some web browsers offer a Safe Mode option that temporarily disables all extensions. For more information, see: How to open a browser in Safe Mode.

To disable or remove a browser extension, follow the steps for your browser below.

Google Chrome

Chrome web browser
  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome Chrome menu icon. icon in the upper-right corner of the window.
  3. In the menu, click More tools, and then Extensions.
  4. The Extensions tab opens. To disable an extension, click the blue toggle switch Chrome toggle off so it turns gray Chrome toggle off.
  5. To remove an extension, click the Remove button.

List of extensions in Google Chrome.

Firefox

Firefox
  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the window, click the Open Menu Firefox menu icon. icon.
  3. In the menu, click Add-ons icon in Firefox. Add-ons.
  4. On the left side of the Add-on Manager tab, click Extensions.
  5. On the right, under Manage Your Extensions, locate the extension you want to disable or remove.
  6. To disable an extension, click the blue toggle switch Firefox toggle off so it turns gray Firefox toggle off.

Disable Firefox extension

  1. To remove an extension, click the Menu button menu button, then click Remove.

Remove Firefox extension

Microsoft Edge Legacy

Microsoft Edge web browser
  1. Open Microsoft Edge Legacy.
  2. Select More Edge more icon from the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. In the menu, click Extensions.

Edge legacy extensions menu

  1. To disable an extension, click the blue toggle switch Edge toggle on so it turns gray Edge toggle off.

Edge disable extensions

  1. If you want to remove an extension, hover your mouse pointer over the extension, then click the gear icon Edge gray gear in the upper-right corner.

Edge extensions gear

  1. To remove the extension, click Uninstall.

Edge uninstall extension

  1. In the This app and its related info will be uninstalled confirmation box, click OK.

Confirm uninstall extension

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the gear icon Internet Explorer Tools icon and select Manage add-ons.
  3. In the Manage add-ons window, find the add-on you want to disable in the list on the right.
  4. Click the add-on to select it, then click the Disable button located in the bottom-right of the window.

Internet Explorer add-on window

Note

If you want to remove an Internet Explorer add-on, you may be able to uninstall it with the Add/Remove programs feature in Windows. If the add-on is not listed, find the location on your computer where the files are installed, and delete them manually.

Safari

Safari

To disable or remove an extension in Safari for macOS, follow these steps.

  1. In the menu bar, click the Safari selector selector, and choose Preferences...

Safari preferences

  1. In the Preferences window, click Extensions.
  2. On the left, uncheck any boxes next to the extensions you want to disable.
  3. To remove the extension, click the extension name on the left, then click the Uninstall button.

Safari extensions

Opera

Opera
  1. Open Opera.
  2. Click the Menu button in Opera. icon in the upper-left corner.
  3. Select Extensions, then Extensions again.
  4. To disable an extension, click the Disable button, or click the blue toggle switch Firefox toggle off so it turns gray Firefox toggle off.

Opera disable extension

  1. To uninstall the add-on, click the X to the right of the extension name.

Opera remove extension

Note

The built-in Opera Ad Blocker extension can be disabled, but cannot be removed.