How to disable or remove browser extensions

Updated: 12/31/2017 by Computer Hope

All Internet browsers allow for the use of extensions, which are small programs that extend the functionality of a browser. This document contains information on how to disable or remove an extension. To proceed, select your Internet browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

The Microsoft Edge web browserMicrosoft Edge

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Select More Edge more icon from the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Extensions.
  4. From the list that appears, right-click on the extension you would like to remove, and then select Turn off to disable the extension OR Uninstall to remove it.

The Chrome web browserGoogle Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome Chrome menu icon. icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select More tools, and then Extensions.
  4. In the Extensions tab, find the extension that you want to disable or remove.
  5. To disable the extension, uncheck the box next to Enabled. To remove it, click the trash can icon.

A list of extensions in Google Chrome.

FirefoxFirefox

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of the browser window, click the Open Menu The Firefox menu icon. icon.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select the add-ons The add-ons icon in Firefox. icon.
  4. In the window that opens, click Extensions on the left-hand menu.

The extensions menu in Firefox.

  1. Locate the extension you're interested in disabling or removing.
  2. On the right-hand side of the extension, select Disable or Remove.

The options for an extension in Firefox.

OperaOpera

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Click the The Opera menu button. icon in the upper left-hand corner.
  3. Select Extensions, then Extensions again.
  4. To disable the add-on, click the Disable button.

The button to disable add-ons in Opera.

  1. To uninstall the add-on, move your mouse to the upper right-hand corner of the add-on, and an The button to remove in Opera. should appear. Click it to remove the add-on.

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer

  1. Open the Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click on the Internet Explorer Tools icon icon and select Manage add-ons.
  3. In the Manage Add-ons window, find the add-on you're interested in removing from the list on the right.
  4. Select it and click on the Disable button at the bottom right as shown in the picture below.

Internet Explorer add-on window

  1. The add-on should now be disabled.

Note: To fully remove an add-on, you'll need to find the location where the add-on files were installed and delete them manually. Windows users may also be able to uninstall add-on files through Add/Remove programs.

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