How to disable or remove browser plugins and add-ons

Updated: 06/27/2017 by Computer Hope

Most Internet browsers 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. 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 Remove.

Tip: You may also click on the extension and then click the Remove button.

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.

The Chrome web browserGoogle Chrome

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

  1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome Chrome menu icon. icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
  2. In the drop-down menu that appears, select More tools, and then Extensions
  3. In the Extensions tab, find the extension from the list of installed extensions that you want to remove.
  4. 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.

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