How to Disable Plugins, Add-ons, Extensions in Multiple Browsers

By Rimzhim Sharma December 22, 2016 Browsers, How To, Tech Tips

It gets really annoying when a bunch of add-ons and plugins keep popping on your Window, hampering your browsing experience. While most add-ons are installed by your choice, some of them come uninvited and cause a lot of trouble. Hence, you must keep check of your browser add-ons, extension and plugins on regular basis. The reason this is recommended is because, over a period of time you may have installed web browser add-ons for which you may have no use now. In such a case, you may want to disable or completely uninstall these add-ons.

Here is the detailed description mentioned as follows for all the common web browsers.

Quick look at: How to reset browser settings in Google Chrome?

Google Chrome

Follow the below steps to disable additional plugins from Chrome Browser:

  1. Click the menu icon (Three dots) at the top right corner of the browser window.


  1. Choose “Tools” and choose “Extensions” to open a new “Options” tab.


  1. Uncheck “Enabled” to disable an extension, or click on the trash icon to delete it completely.


  1. Now enter “chrome://plugins/” in Chrome’s address bar to view plugins that add compatibility and functionality, such as Apple QuickTime or Adobe Flash.


  1. Click the “Disable” link under the plugin you want to disable.

Mozilla Firefox

Here are the quick steps to disable extensions and plugins from Firefox:

  1. Click menu button (three horizontal lines) from the top right corner of browser window and choose “Add-ons” from right column to open Add-ons Manager tab in active browser window.


  1. Click “Extensions” to view installed extensions on Firefox, or click “Plugins” to view plugins that add compatibility and functionality.
  2. Find the add-on you want to disable and click its “Disable” button.


  1. If you want to delete an extension entirely, click “Remove.”
  2. Restart Firefox to complete the process.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Manage add-ons.


  1. Under Show, select All add-onsand then select the add-on you want to turn off.


  1. Select Disable, and then Close.

Also read: What to do if Adobe Flash not working in Internet Explorer


Mac users can follow the below steps to disable plugins:

 1. Choose Safari > Preferences.


2. Switch to the Security pane and click Manage Website Settings to see plug-in details for a particular website.


3. Internet plug-ins installed on your computer appear on the left side of the plug-ins sheet. Select a plug-in to configure its website settings.

4. Websites that are currently open in Safari appear on the right side of the plug-ins sheet. Websites that you have already configured by clicking “Trust” or “Cancel” also appear here.

5. You can selectAsk, Block, Allow, Allow Always and Runs in Unsafe Mode under “When visiting other websites:”. Select Block to disable plugin and Allow or Allow Always to enable.

Read more: How to Set Default Web Browser in Safari?

We hope that this post helps you manage your browser add-ons and consequently and keep your browser running smoothly. In case you face any trouble in executing any of the above steps then feel free to contact us on our toll free number 855-765-6710 (US, Canada) so that our tech experts can guide you through.



Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."