Windows Security Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 3.00, by Dr. Herong Yang
Disabling Plugin Add-Ons in Firefox
This section provides a tutorial example on how to review plugin add-ons and decide to keep them or disable them in Firefox.
The second group of Firefox add-ons are called "Plugins". You should review them too.
1. Run Firefox and click "Tools > Add-ons" menu. You will see the add-on management screen.
2. Click the "Plugins" icon on the left. You will see a list of plugin add-on that are already installed in Firefox.
For example, I have following plugin add-ons installed in my Firefox:
ActiveTouch General Plugin Container - Ask to Activate Installed as part of WebEx Web meeting. Adobe Acrobat - Always Activate Needed to view PDF document inside Firefox. AdobeAAMDetect - Never Activate No idea why I need this. AdobeExManDetect - Never Activate No idea why I need this. Citrix Online Web Deployment Plugin - Ask to Activate Installed as part of Citrix GoToMeeting. Google Update - Never Activate Installed as part Chrome browser. May be. Java Deployment Toolkit - Never Activate Installed as part of JDK. May be Java Platform SE - Ask to Activate Needed to support Java Applet. May be. McAfee Security Scanner + Always Activate Installed as part of McAfee Security Scan Plus Microsoft Office 2010 - Ask to Activate Needed to open Word and other Office documents in Firefox. Shockwave Flash - Always Activate Needed to watch videos like YouTube. Silverlight Plug-in - Ask to Activate Needed to play Silverlight applications. Yahoo Application State Plugin - Never Activate No idea why I need this.
My recommendation is still the same. You should enable a plugin add-on as "Always Activate", if it has a 5 out 5 rating and good reviews, and you absolutely need it.
You should set some plugin add-ons to "Never Activate", if you need them occasionally.
You should all unwanted extension add-ons to "Never Activate".
The picture below shows some plugin add-ons for Firefox:
Last update: 2013.
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