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How to remove Google Chrome extensions

It’s as simple to remove them as it was to add them in the first place.

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One of the most useful parts of Google Chrome is the ability to run extensions. Everything from password managers to ad-blockers to screenshot tools adds functionality to make our browsers even better.

What if you install something that you find out later has been siphoning off your data or causing unintended effects on your browsing?

Well, on Google Chrome, removing extensions is almost as simple as installing them in the first place. We’ll show you how, so you can get back to your browsing.

Here’s how to remove unwanted extensions from Chrome

So, you installed an extension in Google Chrome that you no longer want. Maybe you don’t like having that many icons, or maybe they started making your browser lag.

Whatever the reason, we’ll break down the process of removing Chrome extensions in a quick step-by-step guide.

Here’s how to remove an extension from Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the three-dot menu icon at the top-right of Chrome, then More Tools > Extensions chrome extensions menu drop down

  2. Find the extension that you no longer want, and hit the Remove button. google chrome extensions menu

  3. You’ll get a pop-up notification asking to confirm the removalscreenshot of chrome browser extension removal confirmation dialog

If the extension was doing something shady, make sure you tick the Report abuse tickbox and fill in any details it asks for.

Declutter your extension bar in Chrome

That’s it; now you can get back to browsing the internet for cat videos without that annoying (or potentially dangerous) extension.

Thankfully, Chrome makes it pretty straightforward to remove extensions. If you are on another browser, like Firefox, check out our guide on removing Mozilla Firefox add-ons.

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