How to disable or remove browser extensions

Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
Internet browsers

Most web browsers allow you to install extensions, also called add-ons, that add features or functionality 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 or remove it. To do so, select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

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.

Chrome web browser

Google Chrome

  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, select More tools.

More tools selector in Chrome.

  1. Select Extensions from the side menu.

Extensions selector in Chrome.

  1. In the Extensions tab that opens, there are a series of cards in the middle.

Disable an extension

To disable an extension, locate its card and click the blue toggle switch Chrome toggle off so it changes to Chrome toggle off gray.

Disabled extension in Chrome.

Remove an extension

To remove an extension, locate its card and click the Remove button.

Remove extension button in 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 drop-down menu, select Add-ons.

Add-ons selector in Firefox.

  1. On the left side of the Add-ons Manager tab, click Extensions.

Extensions selector in Firefox.

  1. In the center of the screen, under Manage Your Extensions, there is a list of installed extensions.

List of extensions in Firefox.

Disable an extension

Locate the extension you want to disable. Then, on the right side, click the blue toggle switch Firefox toggle off so it changes to Firefox toggle off gray.

Remove an extension

Locate the extension you want to remove. On the right side, click the Menu button icon and select Remove from the drop-down menu.

Remove selector in Firefox.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more icon Microsoft Edge More menu in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Extensions.

Extensions selector in Edge.

  1. In the center of the screen, under Installed extensions, there is a list of installed extensions.

List of extensions in Edge.

Disable an extension

Locate the extension you want to disable. Then, on the right side, click the blue toggle switch Edge toggle off so it changes to Edgetoggle off white.

Remove an extension

Locate the extension you want to remove. On the left side, click Remove. Then, click the Remove button on the prompt that appears.

Remove extension

Microsoft Edge web browser

Microsoft Edge Legacy

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

Edge legacy extensions menu

Disable an extension

Locate the extension you want to disable. Then, on the right side, click the blue toggle switch Edge toggle on so it changes to Edge toggle off white or light gray.

Edge disable extensions

Remove an extension

  1. 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 Uninstall Extension confirmation box, click Ok.

Confirm uninstall extension

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. In the upper-right corner, click the gear Internet Explorer Tools icon icon.
  3. In the menu drop-down menu, select Manage add-ons.

Manage add-ons selector in Internet Explorer.

  1. In the Manage Add-ons window, click Toolbars and extensions on the left side.

Toolbars and extensions selector in Internet Explorer.

  1. In the center of the window, find the add-on you want to disable.
  2. Click the add-on to select it, then click the Disable button at the bottom-right of the window.

Internet Explorer add-on window

Note

If you want to remove an Internet Explorer add-on, you can try uninstalling it through 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

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

Safari preferences

  1. In the Preferences window, click the Extensions tab.
  2. On the left, uncheck any boxes next to the extensions you want to disable.
  3. To remove the extension, select 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. In the center of the screen, under the All tab, there is a list of installed extensions.

Disable an extension

To disable an extension, click the Disable button, or click the blue toggle switch Opera toggle on so it changes to Opera toggle off gray.

Opera disable extension

Remove an extension

To remove an extension, click the X in the upper-right corner.

Opera remove extension

Note

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