Safari browser extensions improve and customize the browsing experience on your Mac computer, as plugins can show useful information about a web page, display news headlines, help use your favorite services, change the appearance of web pages, and much more.
The Mac App Store is the easiest and most secure solution to discover extensions and install them in the Safari browser, as Apple reviews and updates the extensions automatically when the (automatic updates) feature is activated in the store preferences, but the extensions are installed as individual applications in the computer, and this means that to remove an extension you must delete App attached to it after disabling it first.
Note: Mac users will see macOS Mojave or later, and are using Safari 12.0 (Safari 12.0) or later – attachments appear as mini applications, where the extension file for the older Safari browser is no longer supported.
To turn off or uninstall Safari plugins on your Mac computer; You can follow the following steps:
- Open the (Safari) browser on your Mac computer.
- Click on the (Safari) tab in the menu bar.
- From the menu that appears, click on the option Preferences.
- In the window that appears, click on the Extensions tab.
- You will see a list of attachments in the bar on the left side of the window.
- To turn off an accessory; Uncheck the checkbox next to it.
- To uninstall an extension, select the extension, then click the (Uninstall) option, which appears in the extension information section on the right side of the same window.
Note: Some extensions have multiple child extensions, so you’ll have to select them all.
- You will now see a pop-up window containing a message stating that the extension is part of the application and that to uninstall it, you will have to remove the application itself, so click on the (Show in Finder) option in the pop-up itself.
- This will open the (Finder) app with the app selected, right-click on the app and select (Move to Bin).
- Enter the username and password for the Mac computer, then click on the OK option.
- After applying the previous steps, the extension will be deleted directly, and it will disappear from the extension bar and Safari browser preferences.
- If you see a pop-up message stating that the app was not removed because it was in use, you will have to go back to Safari’s Preferences menu and make sure that the extension, and all its sub-extensions, are disabled as mentioned earlier.