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:
Firefox Plugin Add-Ons

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping Firefox Up To Date

 Start and Download Options for Firefox

 Content Type Handler Applications

 Privacy Options: Tracking, History and Cookies

 Security Options: Add-Ons and Passwords

 Deleting Cookies Stored in Firefox

 Getting New Add-Ons in Firefox

 Disabling Extension Add-Ons in Firefox

Disabling Plugin Add-Ons in Firefox

 Disabling Search Engines in Firefox

 Reviewing Advanced Settings in Firefox

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO


 PDF Printing Version