Use BrowserAddonsView to find and remove all add-ons/ Plugins from all Browsers

Browser add-ons also called browser extensions or plugins are used to improve the browsing experience of a user on a website. Add-ons are the one working behind the screen to make a website more user interactive. They provide multimedia contents like animations and pop-up advertisements. In most of the cases instead of making the website more interactive to the user, add-ons create unwanted advertisements which is a nuisance while working online. Also add-ons can be the reason why our browsers are running slow. Here we are going to find which all add-ons are running behind the screen in various browsers and the methods to disable them. For that we can use the third party tool called ‘BrowserAddonsView’ developed by Nirsoft. BrowserAddonsView can be used to find the currently installed add-ons in all the browsers in the system and then they can be disabled by using the features provided in each browsers if needed. We will discuss the methods in Explorer,Chrome and mozilla here.

1.Download and run

BrowserAddonsView can be downloaded from the official site of Nirsoft.Click here to go to the download page.
By scrolling down, we can see the download option for both 32 and 64 bit systems.Download the zip file.



BrowserAddonsView download page

BrowserAddonsView download page

Running BrowserAddonsView is simple. Extract the downloaded zip file and run BrowserAddonsView.exe. It will give you the following dialogue box listing the details of all the add-ons in all the available browsers in the system.

BrowserAddonsView dialogue box

BrowserAddonsView dialogue box

Note the itemID,status,web browser name and the description for further actions.

2.Disable the Add-ons

I.Internet explorer

Explorer provides two options to handle the add-ons.Either disable all the add-ons temporarily or disable only the unwanted add-ons.
i.Disable unwanted add-ons
This can be achieved using add-ons manager.What we need to do is :

a.Open Internet Explorer.

Open add-ons manager in internet explorer

Open add-ons manager in internet explorer

b.Click the Settings button on top right of the window, then click Manage Add-ons.
Thus we get the following dialogue box.

Add-ons manager chrome

Add-ons manager chrome

c.Select the add-on you want to disable,then click Disable.
d.Do the same for all the add-ons you want to disable. When you are finished, Close the window.

II.Google chrome

a.open Chrome

open extension manager in chrome

open extension manager in chrome

b.Click the menu icon at the top right corner of the browser window, select “More tools” and then choose “Extensions”

Disable extension in chrome

Disable extension in chrome

From the extensions tab that opens,
1. Uncheck “Enabled” to disable an extension, or click “Remove” to delete it completely.
2. Click the “Disable” link under the plugin you want to disable.

III.Mozilla firefox

a.Open mozilla firefox
b.open the add-ons manager by clicking on the menu icon on the top right corner of the window.

open firefox add-ons manager

open firefox add-ons manager

1. select ‘Extensions’ or ‘Appearance’ or ‘plugins’
2. Select the add-on you want to remove.

Add-ons manager in firefox

Add-ons manager in firefox

3. Click the Disable button.



Through these methods, you can get rid of the unwanted pop ups and speedup your browser.
Hope this helps… 🙂

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