Discard these unwanted plugins for Safari
Safari, Apple’s web browser, is one of the best browsers for the Mac. Out of the box, Safari is fast and can handle any type of website, as well as some of the most modern interactive sites out there. Of course, every time there is a website at a time, it needs a little more than the path of specialized service to fulfill its purpose.
As is true for most browsers (and some other software programs), you can extend the range of Safari features by adding modules called “plugins”. Plug-ins are small programs that can add functionality that is missing from a software program; they can also improve the existing capabilities of the program by adding additional methods for tracking and controlling cookies .
Plug-ins can have a drawback. Poorly written plugins can slow down the performance of Safari websites . Plug-ins can compete with other plug-ins, cause stability issues, or replace the program’s built-in functionality with methods that are less functional.
Whether you want to add functionality or fix a plug-in problem, it’s good to know how to find out what plug-ins Safari is currently using and how to remove the ones you don’t want to use.
Find your installed Safari plug-ins
Safari tends to reveal which plug-ins are installed, although many people end up looking in the wrong place for this information. The first time we wanted to understand how Safari manages plug-ins, we looked at Safari preferences (from the Safari menu, select Preferences). No, they are not there. The View menu seems to be the next possible option. after all, we wanted to see the plug-ins installed. No, they are not there either. When all else fails, try the Help menu. The search for “plugins” revealed their place.
- Start Safari.
- From the Help menu, select Installed Plug-ins.
- Safari will display a new web page listing all the Safari plug-ins currently installed on your system.
Understanding the list of plugins for Safari
Plugins are actually files within files. Safari groups plug-ins from the file containing small programs. An example that almost every Mac Safari user will see on the Installed Plugins page is one of the various Java Applet plugins. The Java Applet includes several files, each of which provides a different service or even a different version of Java.
Another common plug-in you may see, depending on the version of Safari and OS X you are using, is QuickTime . A file called QuickTime Plugin.plugin provides code that executes QuickTime, but is actually made up of dozens of individual codecs for playing different types of content. (Briefly for encoder / decoder, the codec compresses or decompresses voice or audio signals.)
Other types of plug-ins you’ll probably see include Shockwave Flash and Silverlight Plug-in. If you want to remove a plugin, you need to know its name. To find this information, see the descriptions of the plug-ins in the list of installed plug-ins. For example, to remove the Shockwave or Flash plugin, look for an entry in Shockwave Flash in the Description column for Flash Player.plugin. Once you find the plugin description in the area just above the table entry for this plugin, you will see an entry like the following: Shockwave Flash 23.0 oRo – from the “Flash Player.plugin” file. The last part of this record is the file name, in this case Flash Player.plugin.
Once you know the file name, you can remove the plug-in; this will uninstall the plugin from Safari.
Remove or disable plug-ins
You can completely remove plug-ins by deleting plug-ins; With newer versions of Safari, you can manage plug-ins from Safari Preferences settings, turn plug-ins on or off from the website.
The method you use depends on the plugin and whether you will ever use it. Removing attachments just makes sense; it keeps the Safari from swelling and ensures that memory is not lost. And although the Safari plug-in files are quite small, removing them frees up some disk space.
Plugin management is a better choice when you want to keep installed plug-ins but don’t want to use them right now or want to limit them to specific websites.
Plugins are driven by Safari preferences.
- Launch Safari and then select Safari, Preferences.
- In the “Preferences” window, select the security button.
- If you want to turn off all plug-ins, clear the Allow plug-ins check box.
- To manage plug-ins on a website, click the button labeled “Plugin Settings” or “Manage Website Settings,” depending on the version of Safari you’re using.
- Plugins are listed in the left sidebar. Uncheck the plug-in to disable it.
- Selecting a plugin will display a list of websites that are configured to turn the add-on on or off or ask for it every time the site is visited. Use the drop-down menu next to the website name to change the plugin usage setting. If no website is configured to use the selected plugin, the “When you visit other websites” drop-down menu setting determines the default settings (On, Off, or Ask).
Remove the attachment
Safari stores its plug-ins in one of two places. The first location is / Plug-ins / Library / Internet /. This location contains plugins that are available to all users of your Mac and is where you will find most plugins. The second place is the folder of the library of your home directory in ~ / Library / Internet Plug-ins /. Tilda (~) in pathname is a shortcut to the name of your user account. For example, if your username is Tom, the full path will be / Volume / Library / Internet plug-ins. This location contains plugins that Safari only loads when you sign in to your Mac.
To remove a plug-in, use the Finder to go to the appropriate location and drag the file whose name matches the description on the Installed Plug-ins page to the Recycle Bin. If you want to save the plug-in for later use, you can drag the file to another location on your Mac, perhaps a folder called Disabled Plug-ins , which you create in your home directory. If you change your mind later and want to reinstall the plug-in, just drag it back to its original location.
After you remove the plug-in by moving it to the Recycle Bin or other folder, you will need to restart Safari for the change to take effect.
Plug-ins are not the only method used by Safari to allow third-party developers to extend the functionality of the browser. Safari also supports extensions. You can learn how to manage extensions in the ” Safari Extensions: Enabling and Installing Safari Extensions ” guide