Chrome extensions are a great way to get a whole lot more out of your browser. For instance, there’s uBlock Origin, which blocks browser popups, or Word Count Tool, a tool that helps you find out the number of words in a selected section in your browser.
However, there are plenty of Chrome extensions out there that compromise your data and can even hijack your browser. AVG’s Chrome extensions come with a User Agreement that allows them to onsell your data (no thanks), and others that are generally helpful can fall prey to attackers before they provide a fix, like TouchVPN did. Still more are available in the Chrome extensions store, or launched via other means (that’s right, you didn’t even download it!), like Catch-All, before they are discovered to be malicious in nature by intent.
Just like your computer can get viruses, malicious extensions can cause damage – either to your browser, or by stealing your details, redirecting you to fake websites, or just injecting different advertising into your ads.
The best way to guard against rogue and compromised extensions is to always be careful about which Chrome extensions you install, and remember to do a clean up every now and then, removing or disabling anything you don’t use.
So, how do you go about disabling Chrome extensions?
There’s a few steps involved in this process:
Step 1: Open up your Chrome browser
Step 2: Click on the three vertical dots at the top right hand side of Chrome
Step 3: Mouse hover over “More tools” in the drop down menu
Step 4: Select extensions
Your extensions page will load. It currently looks like a grid of all your installed extensions, however Chrome changes the layout from time to time. You’ll see that each of your extensions has a little toggle button in the grid. When your extensions are on, or enabled, this toggle button will be blue and flicked over to the right. When your extensions are off, the toggle button will be grey and it will be flicked over to the left.
Step 5: Toggle off any extensions you don’t want to use at the moment
(Optional) Step 6: Delete any unwanted extensions by clicking the Remove button on the no longer useful extension
Tips for a misbehaving Chrome browser
If your browser is behaving strangely, then we recommend disabling each extension in turn and see if it makes a difference to Chrome’s behaviour. Starting afresh might seem like not the most efficient option, but uninstalling everything and starting from scratch again can also be successful.
If Chrome is experiencing some strange behaviours, toggle all extensions to off, restart your browser, then flick one on, restart, and see if it happens again. Do this for each extension in turn to see whether it is the one causing Chrome to behave strangely. You can also check out our guide on How to Locate & Clean Google Search History.
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