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Resetting Internet Browsers and removing Add-ons, Extensions and Plugins
While add-ons, extensions, and plugins can make your browsing experience better by giving you access to great web content, some can pose security, privacy, or performance risks. They can also cause your internet browser to run slowly and crash, or they might pose a security or compatibility risk. You can turn off or permanently remove these settings to help increase your browsing speed, or if you suspect they're causing problems for Internet browser. This article covers simple procedures you can follow to help solve your internet browser problems. There are also many changes you can make to customize your browsing experience. You can change several common settings—home pages, browsing history, and zoom level, to name a few—while using your internet Internet Browser. If you want to change things back to its default format you can do a hard reset on your browsers.
Plugins: A plugin is a piece of software that manages internet content that the internet browser is not designed to process. These usually include patented formats for video, audio, online games, presentations, and more. Plugins are created and distributed by other companies. Make sure any you install onto your internet browser are from a trusted source.
Add-ons: Add-ons are like apps that you install to add extra functions to your browser. You can get add-ons that do things such as: compare prices, check the weather, change the look of Firefox, listen to music, or even update your Facebook profile.
Managing Internet Explorer Browser
View Add-ons on your Internet Explorer Browser and disable or enable Add-ons
- Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen
- Tap or click the "Tools" (gear) menu, and then tap or click "Manage add-ons"
- Under the "Show:" drop-down, tap or click "All add-ons"
- Tap or click the add-on, tap or click the "Enable" or "Disable" button (or right-click), and then tap or click "Close"
Resetting Internet Explorer
- Close all Internet Explorer windows that are currently open
- Open Internet Explorer
- Tap or click the "Tools" (gear) menu, and then tap or click "Internet options"
- Tap or click the "Advanced" tab, and then tap or click "Reset"
- In the "Reset Internet Explorer Settings" dialog box, tap or click "Reset"
- When Internet Explorer finishes applying default settings, tap or click "Close", and then tap or click "OK". You'll need to restart your PC for these changes to take effect.
Managing Chrome Browser
To remove, enable or disable an Extension from Google Chrome
- In Chrome, click menu in the upper right hand corner
- Select "More tools" > "Extensions"
- On the extension you want to remove, click Remove from Chrome
- A notice to remove the extension will appear. Click "Remove", "Enable" Or "Disable"
- In Chrome, click menu
- Select "Settings"
- At the bottom, click "Show advanced settings"
- Under the section "Reset settings," click Reset settings
- In the dialog box that appears, click Reset
Managing Firefox Browser
To remove, enable, or disable a plugin in Firefox
- Click the menu button and choose "Add-ons"; the Add-ons Manager tab will open
- In the "Add-ons Manager" tab, select the "Plugins" panel
- To disable a plugin, select a plugin in the list, then select "Never Activate." Disabling a plugin will turn it off without uninstalling it. To re-enable it, select "Always Activate."
To remove, enable, or disable an extension or theme in Firefox
- Click the menu button and choose "Add-ons"; The Add-ons Manager tab will open
- In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the "Extensions or Appearance" panel
- Select the add-on you wish to disable and click its Disable button. Disabling an extension or theme will turn it off without removing it.
- Click "Restart now" if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.
- To re-enable the add-on, find it in the list of Add-ons and click Enable, then restart Firefox if required.