Chrome is one of the fastest and most secure web browser, full of many features that make the browser a top choice for users all over the world. But, the real feature gives Chrome its popularity is the extensions that provide extra functionality and capabilities. Besides, most of the Chrome extensions are free and easy to download and use.
Chrome extensions help you to customize the browser and improve browsing experience. However, some extensions are not secure while, others may slow the performance of the browser. They can even crash Chrome or block you from accessing certain web features. Fortunately, you can disable/remove extensions for security reasons or to fix Chrome issues. In this article, we will look at how you can disable extensions in Chrome using different methods.
1. Disable Extensions from Chrome Settings
You can easily turn off or on an extension from the extensions settings page. To do so;
- Go to the Chrome customization menu by clicking the three vertical dots on the top-right corner of the browser window.
- Hover the mouse over “More tools” and select “Extensions” from the sliding menu.
- You can also access the page by typing, “chrome://extensions/” URL on the address bar and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
- This will load a page showing the extensions you have installed in Chrome. You can identify the active extensions with the blue slider switch.
- To disable an extension, slide the blue switch to the left. The color of the slider will turn from blue to grey.
- If you are troubleshooting an error in Chrome, it is advisable to disable each extension at a time, while checking whether the issue has been resolved. This helps you to identify which extension is causing the problem so that you can delete it from Chrome.
Note: You should not fear to disable an extension, as the process is reversible without having to download or install afresh. You can easily enable an extension by sliding the toggle button to the right.
2. Deleting Chrome Extensions from Settings
- To delete an extension from Chrome, click the “Remove” button on the extensions page.
- Confirm the action by clicking “Remove” again on the prompt pop-up that appears.
3. Disable Extensions from Chrome Task Manager
Chrome has its own task manager, which allows you to view and manage all the processes running on the browser including active extensions, tabs and other background processes. To open the Google Chrome task manager:
- Go to the Chrome menu, float your mouse over “More tools” to expand the menu and click “Task manager”.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the task manager to see the extensions running on your browser (preceded by the word “Extension”).
- Select the extension you want to disable and click the “End process” button located at the bottom of the tasks window.
- This will deactivate the extension until next time when you launch Chrome. Therefore, this can be useful only when you need to stop an extension from running temporarily.
4. Disable Extension on Specific Sites
Most of the Google Chrome extensions allow you to disable/enable on some selected websites. This works by either giving or denying access to the sites.
- Go to the “chrome://extensions” page and click the “Details” button for the extension you need to disable.
- Scroll down to the “Site access” section and choose “On click” option to disable access on all sites. However, you can click on the extension icon on the Chrome toolbar to enable it again.
- Select “On specific site” to enable the extension only on your preferred websites. A dialog box will appear, allowing you to enter the site URL and then click the “Add” button. You can add as many websites as you would like.
5. Remove or Disable Extension from Toolbar
You can also disable extension from Chrome toolbar. However, not all extensions support this function, so it will not always work.
- Open a webpage and then right-click the extension icon on the toolbar.
- Expand the “This can read…” option and choose one of the three alternatives as in the above step.
- For some extensions, you may notice that it gives you to “pause” or “block” on that particular site or all sites. Most of the ads blocking extensions offer this flexibility.
6. Disable Installation of Extensions in Chrome
You can also block users from installing extensions in Chrome. To do so, you need to access the default extension folder on your PC and modify the security settings for the folder.
- Go to this PC and navigate to “C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default” and look for the “Extensions” folder.
- Remember to replace [Username] with your specific Windows 10 user account name.
- Right-click the folder and open the “Properties”.
- Switch to the “Security” tab, select the user and click “Edit” to change the permission settings.
- Check box to deny the “Write” permission if you would like the users to use installed extensions.
- Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.
- When you try to add an extension to Chrome, you will get an error message.
While extensions for Chrome enables you to add more features and functions to the browser, there are times you would like to disable them. Besides, some extensions may expose you to security vulnerabilities or compromise the performance of your browser. With the above options, you can disable or remove any troubling extension in Chrome.