Extensions are basically programs developed by a third party that provide an added functionality to Google Chrome, the most popular web browser of all times.
This web browser also owes its popularity to the extensions because without them the browser would be monotonous. As far as plugins are concerned, they let Chrome process the web content like Flash and Java. Both play an important role in maintaining the browser’s functionality and add a key value to it.
Having extensions and plugins installed in your Google Chrome can be beneficial for you. They are free to download and can be easily installed. However, if you do not want to use them any further and want your Chrome to be free of them, then you can disable or uninstall them at any given time. You can toggle extensions and plugins on or off from your browser for two reasons: to increase security or troubleshoot a problem with your browser.
How to Disable Extensions and Plugins in Google Chrome
In case you might want to disable or delete extensions and plugins in Google Chrome, then you need to follow this simple step by step guide.
Disabling Extensions in Google Chrome
Keep in mind that you will have two ways to get to the right window for disabling an extension. One is done through the Chrome menu itself while the other is done by entering a special URL into the Chrome’s search bar.
Let’s go through a step by step guide on how to disable the extensions in Google Chrome.
- Follow either of the ways as described above to disable the extensions in your Chrome browser. First of all, copy and paste ‘chrome://extensions’ into the navigation bar in your browser or click the three-vertical dots button, which is in fact, the menu button, on the top right corner of Chrome and then click ‘More tools’ to access the Extensions option.
- Once you click the Extensions option, you will come across all the extensions you’ve installed in your Chrome. Next to the extensions, there will be a checkbox. You can uncheck the Enabled box to disable a particular extension or simply click the trash icon to remove it from the browser.
The disabled extensions that have still not been uninstalled turn black and white and then become usable. The box will automatically change from Enabled to Enable. When you remove a particular Chrome extension, you will be prompted with a confirmation box and the extension will be completed uninstalled from your browser.
- The third part is completely optional. However, if you want to delete an extension that you haven’t installed yourself (for instance, it was installed on your browser by accident by some malicious program), you can click on the ‘Report abuse’ box before pressing the delete button. By doing so, Chrome will be informed that the extension should not be trusted.
If, at some point, you want to rethink your decision of disabling an extension, then you can simply enable them once again. Enabling them is easy. All you need to do is go back to the Step 2 and then choose Enable.
Disabling Plugins in Google Chrome
Just like Adobe Flash, Chrome plugins are also managed via Chrome’s Content settings window.
- Open the link ‘chrome://settings/content’ or simply head over to the Chrome menu and navigate to the Settings. Here open Show advanced settings followed by Content Settings button.
- Once you’re on that page, scroll down to see the plugin you wish to disable and then using the block/do not allow the option, disable the plugin.
If you wish to stop all the websites from using plugins, look for the Unsandboxed plugin access section and from there, select the option called ‘Do not allow any sites to use a plugin to access your computer.’