Disabling Add-ons in Common Web Browsers

Add-ons installed in a web browser can provide lots of helpful functionality.  Some add-ons help block pop-ups, while others give us the weather the current weather forecast.  One thing they all have in common, to varying degrees, is that they all slow down the web browser in which they are installed.  Here is a quick guide on disabling add-ons in a few of the most common web browsers.


 

Disabling Add-ons in Internet Explorer 9

  1. Click on the Tools gear icon in the upper-right corner of the browser (or press <ALT>+<X>), then select Internet Options.  
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  2. From the Programs tab select Manage add-ons.
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  3. Once in the Manage Add-ons screen, you can highlight any add-on and click the Disable button to disable it.  If you would like to enable an add-on which is already disabled, simply highlight the add-on and click on the Enable button.  
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Disabling Add-ons in Google Chrome

  1. Click on the Tools wrench icon in the upper-right corner of the browser, and select Options.  
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  2. In the left navigation column, select Extension.  
  3. To disable any of the add-ons/extensions, simply uncheck the checkbox labeled Enabled.  
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Disabling Add-ons in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on the Firefox menu button in the upper left corner of the browser window, then select Options.
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  2. From the General tab select Manage Add-ons…
  3. Firefox uses two types of add-ons: Extensions and Plugins.  To disable either type simply click on the Disable button next to the add-on which you would like to disable.  To enable a disabled add-on, simply click on the Enable button next to the disabled add-on.  
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