Safari 8 (Yosemite): If you need to remove a plug-in

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If you need to remove a plug-in
If you need to remove a Safari plug-in

If you installed a plug-in and notice that Safari runs more slowly, quits unexpectedly, won’t download files, or has other problems, the plug-in may be the problem.

Stop a plug-in you recently added

You can quickly test whether a recently added plug-in is causing problems by blocking it.

  1. Choose Safari > Preferences, click Security, then click Website Settings next to Allow Plug-ins.

  2. Select the plug-in you want to disable on the far left, then click each pop-up menu on the right and choose Block.

    For some plug-ins, you see pop-up menus for different websites, and you can choose to block each one individually. Use the “When visiting other websites” pop-up menu to block all other websites that don’t have individual settings.

Remove a plug-in you recently added

If you determine that a plug-in is causing problems, you can remove it.

Important:   Removing a plug-in might prevent Safari from doing certain tasks, such as playing movies, or affect other apps on your computer that use plug-ins.
  1. Quit Safari.

  2. Locate the plug-in. Plug-ins are usually installed in one of these folders:

    • /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/

      To open this folder in the Finder, choose Go > Computer, open the startup disk (usually named Macintosh HD), open the Library folder, then open the Internet Plug-ins folder.

    • ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/

      To open this folder in the Finder, hold down the Option key and choose Go > Library, then open the Internet Plug-ins folder.

  3. Remove the plug-in you recently added.

  4. Reopen Safari.

If the problem is fixed, contact the developer of the plug-in to see if there’s a newer version.

Published Date: Sep 15, 2017
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