We cannot deny that currently the most used and reliable browser is Google Chrome. By far it surpasses other browsers that try to give their best but do not even reach the heels of what the internet giant offers.
Either Opera, Safari, Firefox, Edge, etc. None of those browsers can beat Google Chrome and it seems it will continue to do so for many years to come. That is why millions of users just buy a computer or after formatting, the first thing they download is Chrome before any other program or application.
This happens because the browser in question it is very versatile. It allows us not only to navigate quite quickly. But also customize it and have a better browsing experience thanks to plugins and extensions.
For this reason, in this article we are going to talk about Chrome and everything that this browser has to offer. Emphasizing how to enable and disable extensions and plugins in Chrome so that you are clear about everything you can achieve with the Google browser.
What are Chrome plugins and extensions
In short, they are extensions that add functions to the browser. The functions they add can be quite specific. That is why we have an official store where you will be able to find a wide variety of extensions to install in your browser. But let’s go into details:
Ad Blockers: the most downloaded without a doubt. The famous ad blockers do just this: they remove ads from all websites, even YouTube videos. This way you can browse without having to deal with annoying advertising all the time.
Security: we have several extensions that allow us to further improve security when browsing. In this way, we can block different untrustworthy websites or scripts that will otherwise harm our browsing experience or put our information at risk.
Extensions to improve your experience: from those that allow you to perform quick searches on Google, to those that allow you to download YouTube videos. You can find absolutely everything in the Chrome plugin store.
Antivirus– Many antivirus come with extensions for Chrome. In order to further improve security. You will be able to carefully analyze any kind of file that is downloaded so that it does not have any kind of virus that can infect your computer.
How to download, install and activate extensions in Chrome
Well, this is actually quite simple because we have a store very similar to what the Play Store for Android would be. In this way we can download all the extensions we want without any kind of problem.
To do it, you will simply have to enter this link. When we are on this website we will have to go to “Extensions”In the left sidebar.
Now what you should do is look for the extension that you really need. For this you have two options: the first is simply using the search engine and the second by browsing the different categories that are available.
Once you find said extension, all you have to do is click on it to go to the page of said extension. When you are on this page, you will be able to see a detailed description of it with photos, videos and comments from other users who have already installed it. In short, as if it were the Play Store.
If you want to install the extension you will simply have to click on “Add to Chrome”. It begins to download and install automatically without you having to do anything else. A message may appear where you will have to accept for the plugin to finish installing. But leaving that aside, you don’t need to do anything else.
This is the only thing you have to do to install extensions in Chrome. Once you do, you will see the icon of what you just installed in the upper right part of the screen. In some cases and depending on what it is for, the extension can remain active all the time or activate only when something happens.
How to disable Chrome plugins or extensions
All very nice. We already know install the extensions, but perhaps with the passage of time you want to deactivate or disable some of these for this we are going to see the following tutorial.
Likewise, before continuing, I would like to make it clear that it is better to keep the extensions that we are going to need and nothing more than that. It is the same as mobile devices, the more applications we have, the slower they become.
In the case of extensions in our browser it is the same. The more we install, the more RAM the browser consumes. If you have a lot of RAM it may not be a problem, but for low or mid-range computers, it can end up being one.
How to disable extensions or plugins in Google Chrome
What we must do is go to the configuration part of the browser. For this we simply have to open Chrome and then we go to the upper right part of the screen where the three horizontal points.
Once we click on them, a new menu appears with a large number of options. But the one that really interests us is the one that says “Setting”. As soon as we press on this option, a new tab opens.
After this we will have a column on the left with several options. We have to press on “Advanced settings”To bring up a few more options. Among these options we will find that of “ExtensionsWhich is where we are going to head.
Once you are in that section, you will be able to see all the extensions that you have in your browser. Each of these has a file with details. A small description of what it is for with its corresponding icon and a button to see more details about it.
But what interests us is the button that says “RemoveIf you press on this button, the extension is deleted until you download it again. But in case you don’t want to delete it and only disable it temporarily. All you have to do is flip the switch on the right to disable it.
As you can see, the whole issue of Chrome extensions and plugins is not complicated at all. In a way, I could say that it works very similar to Android applications.