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    Default Browser Add ons

    Ive never used browser add ons, thinking that there is no point, although I do see option where you can have an add on for your browser. From what I know browser add on are like a short cut on your browser bar which you can click to get easy access. Apart from this is there any other kind of browser add ons or any other use for them?

    What browser add on do you use, why and how does it help.

    Finding reviews or information about things I do not know about will help me to do things to my computer and maybe even make life a bit easier.

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    The lesser add-ons and plugins you have the better. Add ons mostly add to your queries while browsing and that results in slower browsing.

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    Apart from things like gmail add on, what other kind of add ons are there?

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    A year or so ago I did have a lot of add ons on my browser, but like Tanmaya has said it slows your browser down, so I removed them, which made my browser faster.

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    I have never used add ons? Exactly what kind of add ons are available which make them worth while?

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    I dont know about all the add ons but one which I installed and used was a bulk tick add on and it was handy.

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    I use many browser addons, best one is AdBlock so you don't have annoying adds, but I sometimes turn it off because people need to make a living from ads. There are plenty of addons for every browser and there are some useful ones. I also use the twitch notification so every time someone streams on twitch I get a notification.

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    I don't like add-ons too, it will just make your browsing experience slower and its just a hassle to the look of the browser page. Most of it are not so important and often useable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubie View Post
    I don't like add-ons too, it will just make your browsing experience slower and its just a hassle to the look of the browser page. Most of it are not so important and often useable.
    I don't like add-ons too because it makes my browser really slow. I've tried it and had to do uninstall after. I've downloaded an add-on for Youtube auto refresh before, but it gave my browser a messy look. Add-ons are not really my thing although they are very useful sometimes.

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    I think I only use adblock addon in my browser. It is rightly said that too many addons will adversely affect the speed of your browser. Sometimes, addons will be attached to your browser without your knowledge. So, it is better to check the browser for the possible addons at regular intervals and deactivate the useless ones. I have seen Firefox with too many addons. But when I deactivates many of them, it substantially improved the speed. Adding addons without users knowledge is really a pain in the neck.
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    I have used couple of addon on my Firefox. I find addon very handly while trying to visit specific site or do specific things.I understand too much addon makes your browser very sluggish, but couple of addons do not harm at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I think I only use adblock addon in my browser. It is rightly said that too many addons will adversely affect the speed of your browser. Sometimes, addons will be attached to your browser without your knowledge. So, it is better to check the browser for the possible addons at regular intervals and deactivate the useless ones. I have seen Firefox with too many addons. But when I deactivates many of them, it substantially improved the speed. Adding addons without users knowledge is really a pain in the neck.
    I agree with you on this. Some free softwares in the internet comes with add-ons that will automatically be installed on your browser. The next thing you'll know is that you have so many add-ons installed in your browser. I really find it annoying because I had to uninstall them after.

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    I am using AdBlock. I've installed it long time ago and I will not unistall it. Advertisiments are slowing down my PC and Chrome, downloading .exe programs, blocking important content. That is not good. That is why I've installed AdBlock.

    I am not using themes and other useless addons.

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    I use many for firefox. the most important ones from security point are adblock and wot (web of trust). also Sqllite Manager for database management. Fireftp for FTP access. Epubreader for reading EBooks. few others for various convenience.
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    I use ad block and a few others. I do not use alot of add-ons. They are not worth it in the long run. Too many add-ons can cause a slow and sluggish pc. Too many add-ons can also cause screen freezing. I recommend not adding nothing that is not absolutely needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa Ann View Post
    I use ad block and a few others. I do not use alot of add-ons. They are not worth it in the long run. Too many add-ons can cause a slow and sluggish pc. Too many add-ons can also cause screen freezing. I recommend not adding nothing that is not absolutely needed.
    Too many addons can cause a slow browser not a PC. Maybe you meant too many programs can cause a slow PC?
    Just necessary addons should be installed, agree with that.

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    I think a lot of people will download the add-ons more because they like thecsiund if then rather than the fact they'll actually use them.

    Your right in saying the more add-ons you download, the slower the browser becomes so it is important to only download what you know your going to need and actually use.

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    I only use add-ons when I really need it for browsing and downloading videos. It can also be really painful in the eyes to see so many add-ons installed in your browser. I agree that it can slow down your browser because I have experienced it so many times before. I wish that they would only keep those important add-ons so we don't need to download so many add-ons for the same usage.

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    When I was using Firefox it was somewhat dead most of the times. Then I realized that the real culprit is the add-ons that got activated and when I deactivated the useless ones, it was back to normal. But I think they get activated without our knowledge and that is really ridiculous.

    So, nowadays I make it a point to check it daily as anytime new addons could be activated in the system without any intimation. Is it really get activated without user's permission?

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    Ad-block is a must have add-on. It's helpful when you are surfing the web or watching videos. Also, (watch videos without flash) add-on seems very promising. As the name states, there no need for flash players anymore to watch videos, and that's a plus because sometimes flash player crashes, slows down, or gets laggy, and that can be very annoying.

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    There are many useful add ons. I agree about the Adblock being one, then there are privacy oriented ones like Ghostery, security oriented like No Script, various translation add ons etc...

    Just keep in mind to only download them from verified web sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    When I was using Firefox it was somewhat dead most of the times. Then I realized that the real culprit is the add-ons that got activated and when I deactivated the useless ones, it was back to normal. But I think they get activated without our knowledge and that is really ridiculous.

    So, nowadays I make it a point to check it daily as anytime new addons could be activated in the system without any intimation. Is it really get activated without user's permission?
    I am using firefox for more than 10 years. never had any single instance of addons getting activated on its own
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    I am using firefox for more than 10 years. never had any single instance of addons getting activated on its own
    Never happened to me either. It's probably malware. That is why I said to only download them from verified web sites, such as Mozilla's own addon site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masafi View Post
    Ad-block is a must have add-on. It's helpful when you are surfing the web or watching videos. Also, (watch videos without flash) add-on seems very promising. As the name states, there no need for flash players anymore to watch videos, and that's a plus because sometimes flash player crashes, slows down, or gets laggy, and that can be very annoying.
    You can use Google Chrome anytime and it would load videos without having to download the flash player. I personally do not use Mozilla Firefox because it crashes a lot especially if I put add-ons on it. If you opt to use Mozilla Firefox, you can install one add-on at a time and then uninstall it after, so your browser won't have to crash the next time you use it.

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    what kind of addon are you using on FF? I have about 15 addons but dont have crashing issues.
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    On chrome, I use an add-on called "Qmee" which displays ads on my browser, when searching for things. This then pays me a couple of cents if I visit the suggested website in the advert that's displayed, it's pretty cool, as it only displays products and websites relevant to your search, therefore it won't spam you with irrelevant things like many adverts.

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    I use Tampermonkey add on for Google Chrome. In a 10 year old messageboard where I am still an active member. There is this annoying troll the admins refuses to ban. With the kindness of his own heart, A member decided to make a Tampermonkey Google chrome add on that bans that annoying person. Everything that troll posted is blocked.

    Another add on of mine is an add on that hides "suggestions" of Youtube. Those suggestions annoy me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I use Tampermonkey add on for Google Chrome. In a 10 year old messageboard where I am still an active member. There is this annoying troll the admins refuses to ban. With the kindness of his own heart, A member decided to make a Tampermonkey Google chrome add on that bans that annoying person. Everything that troll posted is blocked.

    Another add on of mine is an add on that hides "suggestions" of Youtube. Those suggestions annoy me.
    What does the temlermonkey add-on do? Does it block anyone who is reported on that add-on? Also, YouTube suggestions can be very annoying, most of mine are videos that are irrelevant to what I watch.

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    Most tampermonkey add ons are website specific. They have apps for Google search, Youtube and very popular forums. There are communities out there that offers tampermonkey usercripts that you can use to customize your experience in certain websites.

    It has a firefox version known as Greasemonkey.

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    Adblock add-ons are pretty good, and if you want to use a VPN add-on the best is Hola.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    Adblock add-ons are pretty good, and if you want to use a VPN add-on the best is Hola.
    Betternet and Hotspot shield VPN are also pretty good, especially as they are both free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    Betternet and Hotspot shield VPN are also pretty good, especially as they are both free.
    I think I have used Hotspot shield VPN in the past, actually. But I can't remember why I stopped using it,

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I think I have used Hotspot shield VPN in the past, actually. But I can't remember why I stopped using it,
    I think they started charging money to change to certain countries such as the US and the UK. This most likely put a lot of their customers off, and they switched to a free alternative like betternet.

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    I love realplayer but I am not sure if I am allowed to tell it here the reason why I have that as an ad on for my browsers. I also use Pop up blocker so I wont have encounters to those malicious pop ups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Popcorn View Post
    Ive never used browser add ons, thinking that there is no point, although I do see option where you can have an add on for your browser. From what I know browser add on are like a short cut on your browser bar which you can click to get easy access. Apart from this is there any other kind of browser add ons or any other use for them?

    What browser add on do you use, why and how does it help.

    Finding reviews or information about things I do not know about will help me to do things to my computer and maybe even make life a bit easier.
    The add on that I mainly use is Adblock Plus, because helps to block annoying advertising from every web site, except from sites that you put an exception yourself. It helps me a lot because my internet connection is not the best, is slow so the advertising let me without much bandwidth to navigate from a website to another. The bad point is when you enter to webpage that does not allow to get in with adblock, then you have to stop the add on for a while.

    Another add on that I use and is very helpful is Google Translate Add-on, I use it because I love to learn new languages and helps me a lot when I find a new word which I do not know its meaning. Can translate almost every language that are used these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    I think they started charging money to change to certain countries such as the US and the UK. This most likely put a lot of their customers off, and they switched to a free alternative like betternet.
    I tried surfeasy and I really liked it, I tried downloading it now but it just gave me problems .

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    Macintosh and Linux users may love this, Microsoft office is now an add on for Google Chrome! So you can still enjoy a piece of windows while using the alternate OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Macintosh and Linux users may love this, Microsoft office is now an add on for Google Chrome! So you can still enjoy a piece of windows while using the alternate OS.
    That is a great news then! Macintosh users can now use Microsoft office without having to buy a stand alone software. I never had nor used Macintosh but I read that only softwares designed by Apple can be used on their operating system. I believe Macintosh users once used Microsoft OS so I'm pretty sure they are delighted that they can now use it on their computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Macintosh and Linux users may love this, Microsoft office is now an add on for Google Chrome! So you can still enjoy a piece of windows while using the alternate OS.
    I once got the windows office but, it was asking me to pay or something like that as an app on my iphone, due to this I am wary of using windows on my gadgets, but I use google docs as my mobile document processor.

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    I think it is going to be free for Macintosh and Linux. It will be a free app for Google Chrome for PC. I do heard that an Android and IOS version is also under development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I think it is going to be free for Macintosh and Linux. It will be a free app for Google Chrome for PC. I do heard that an Android and IOS version is also under development.
    Well, when it has finished developing and people have given it good reviews and also ensured it is free to use, I would have no qualms about giving it a try.

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