3 Chrome Extensions To Manage Your Chrome Extensions

Mihir Patkar 07-05-2014

One of the things that makes Google Chrome such a great browser The Better Browser With Great Features - Google Chrome Google Chrome presently is the most popular browser on the planet. It took Chrome less than 4 years to rise from barely 1% market share to where it is now. Globally, more than one out... Read More is its large collection of extensions that work for you. But just like any collection of workers, when the force gets large enough, you need to get managers to make sure everything is running smoothly.


There are so many great add-ons for the browser that we made a whole page of the most useful Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More . If you’ve installed several of these or many others, then there are some things you need, like making sure they are safe, being able to easily enable or disable them, or managing which ones run on what pages. To do all that, ironically, you’ll need a few more extensions.

Shield For Chrome [No Longer Available]


A few months ago, it came to light that some spammers buy Chrome extensions and turn them into adware. To protect yourself from becoming a victim of one of these extensions, download Shield For Chrome. It currently stops over 100 of such malicious extensions and there are some big names on this list, so there’s a chance your Chrome is already affected. A word of advice though: sometimes, Shield For Chrome will also throw a few false positives. For example, a few months ago, it started showing Google Drive as potential adware. It’s best to use common sense to figure out what to keep and what not to keep; but if you’re unsure about an extension or don’t trust its maker, the safer option is to remove it and look for an alternative.

Extension Automation [No Longer Available]


There are some extensions that you want to run only on certain websites or disable from running on a few sites. Extension Automation makes that super simple. For example, we are big fans of Adblock Plus since it can block online ads and malware Use Adblock To Block Online Ads and Malware Read More , but we do request you to whitelist MakeUseOf in Adblock Please Whitelist MakeUseOf In Adblock: A Plea From a Former Adblock Filter Developer It’s no secret that we’re not huge fans of Adblock here at MakeUseOf. But we know that some of you won’t let go of Adblock until it’s pried out of your cold, dead hands. If... Read More . One way to do that is to click Extension Automation when you’re on our site. Choose whether you want to “Enable” or “Disable” an extension and then pick from the list of extensions available. It will automatically pick up the web page’s address, which you can change if needed. The cool part is that you can even export these settings so that Extension Automation works the same across multiple computers.




There are different extensions you may need for different purposes. There’s one set you use during your work hours, for instance, and another when you are browsing videos. SimpleExtManager streamlines your extensions by letting you create groups of extensions which can be activated or disabled in bulk with a single click. This also includes Chrome apps so it works as a shortcut launcher too. And when not being used for groups, it sits quietly in the toolbar and you can click it to individually enable or disable any extension or app, since all of them are available in a list. It couldn’t be simpler.

How Do You Manage Extensions?

The conventional way of managing Chrome extensions is to right-click on any of the extension icons in your toolbar and select “Manage”, which opens a list of all the add-ons you have installed. But the above options are obviously much better than that. Still, there’s no such thing as a completely comprehensive list or guide and our readers have time and again proven to come up with ideas, apps and other tips we don’t know. So use the comment space below to share how you manage extensions in Chrome — and Firefox users, speak up too!

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  1. Mr. Cloudy
    May 14, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Wow, Extensify is actually the best (for me) out of these when I tested them all. Thank you Karthikeyan. It's always a good idea to check the comments and thanks to this post to evoke other potential extensions.

  2. Tinkicker
    May 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I'd like to know which tracker or whatever when blocked keeps me from signing into MakeUseOf. Something there gets blocked and when I click on LOGIN the login box comes up but with no content. There are some things I do like to block (Ghostery picks up 14 separate trackers for Pete's sake! Are all of those mission critical?!) like the social buttons, but I want to be able to sign in.

  3. Fik of Borg
    May 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I would like an extension to REALLY disable extensions.
    I used to start Chrome in incognito mode when I needed a "light" version of Chrome for a quick browse, and was surprised to discover that Chrome load all extensions in incognito, even whe their "Allow in incognito" checkboxes unticked. This of course uses up memory, wich turns old computers (such as some of mine) to a crawl .

  4. Bill
    May 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    What you are saying is that you like blocking ads using Adblock yourself, but not when its done to you. You have some bolas.

  5. SR
    May 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    One-Click Extensions Manager

  6. A41202813GMAIL
    May 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    IDs Of Some CHROME Extension Managers I Have Used In The Past:



  7. Karthikeyan K
    May 8, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Extensify is one good manager too... :P

  8. Mohammed M
    May 7, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    SimpleExtManager is awesome !! I've been using it for one year :)