You can easily manage your browser extensions using the built-in extension manager in most browsers, but what if you use more than one browser? For example, the extension manager in Chrome will surely not let you keep track of Firefox add-ons.
This is where Nirsoft’s new freeware BrowserAddonsView will help you see all the extensions installed in your system. Let’s see how BrowserAddonsView can help you keep track of browser extensions.
Note: BrowserAddonsView only supports popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. If you are using any other browser – like Opera – it will not be able to detect its extensions.
BrowserAddonsView is a portable application with less than a 300kb compressed file to download. Just go to the official BrowserAddonsView page, and download the 32-bit or 64-bit file (depending on your system).
Once the .zip file is downloaded you need to extract it. There is no need to install anything. As soon as all files are extracted, just open the “BrowserAddonsView.exe” file, and it will launch.
When you launch the program it will automatically scan your PC’s system and show you all the installed extensions. You can see the extension name, browser in which they are located and their current status, such as if they enabled or disabled. This information should be more than enough to see which extensions are installed in your system and if they are enabled or disabled. Furthermore, the tool loads all the installed extensions, including hidden ones that are not shown in the browser’s extension manager. This makes it perfect for detecting unwanted and suspicious extensions.
You can access more information about an extension by right-clicking on it and selecting “Properties” from the context menu. The information includes (if available) install time, extension URL, addon file location, size, modification update and some other basic information.
From the same right-click menu you can also see the extension profile and the folder where it’s located. Unfortunately, BrowserAddonsView doesn’t really give you any options to enable, disable, uninstall or make any other modifications to the extensions.
Features of BrowserAddonsView
Above was the core function of this tool that helps you see all your extensions in one place and gain additional information about them. BrowserAddonsView also has some other features and functionalities that you might be interested in.
- You can see the add-ons list from a remote computer connected to the same network. Just go to “Advanced Options” from the “Options” menu, and you will see the option to load addons from custom web browser profiles.
- Export the list to a readable file such as .txt, .xml and HTML.
- Customizable interface that lets you change item location and also list style.
- Loads extensions from multiple browser profiles to easily keep track of them.
- Comes with a “Copy” option to paste the information anywhere you want.
If you are looking to gain extra information regarding extensions installed in your system or want to see all the installed extensions in one place, then BrowserAddonsView is perfect. Unfortunately, it will not give you enough options to manage the extensions. The ability to at least disable/enable or uninstall an extension would have been a life changer.
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