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How to remove add-ons from Firefox

Luckily, the process is pretty straightforward.

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One of the most valuable parts of Mozilla Firefox is the ability to run add-ons. Everything from password managers to screenshot tools and ad blockers adds functionality to improve the browser experience.

The thing is, what if you install something that has been siphoning off your data or causes unintended effects to your browsing?

On Firefox, it’s almost as simple as installing the add-on in the first place. Here’s our guide to removing Firefox add ons.

Here’s how to remove addons from Mozilla Firefox

So, you installed an add-on or plugin to Mozilla’s Firefox that you no longer want. Maybe you don’t like having that many icons, it started lagging your system, or maybe you read some articles saying it was a security risk.

Whatever the reason, removing the extension from your browser is simple so you don’t have to worry about it again.

Open the hamburger menu at the top-right of Firefox (the three stacked lines).screenshot of firefox browser showing the hamburger menu
Scroll down to Add-ons and themes and click on it.screenshot of firefox browser showing the link to add-ons and themes menu
You could also type about:addons into the address bar at the top.screenshot of firefox browser showing the text 'about:addons' in the address bar
Click on Extensions on the left menu.screenshot of firefox browser showing the extensions menu
Click on the three dots menu on the extension you want to remove.screenshot of firefox browser showing the addon management menu
Select Remove to delete it.screenshot of firefox browser showing the delete addon option
You could also choose Report if you think it is doing something sketchy.screenshot of firefox browser showing the report addon menu
Click on Remove on the popup to confirm the deletion of the addon.

That’s it; now you can get back to browsing the internet for whatever your heart desires without worrying about intrusive extensions marring the experience.

You don’t have to collect browser extensions

It’s always wise to check your browser for unused or unwanted extensions. That’s true even if the extensions aren’t siphoning off your data, which happens more often than you think.

Every extension and addon you install takes system resources to work. That could be the difference between your browser working and it feeling sluggish.

If you’re on Chrome, make sure to check out our How-to remove Google Chrome extensions guide.

What do you think? Do you use any add-ons in Firefox? Worried about them collecting data or other intrusive things? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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