1. KEEP BROWSER UP TO DATE
Luckily for us day to day users, most browsers automatically updated. Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, its default setting is to automatically update your software including for its Edge browser.Firefox and Chrome also have default settings for automatic updates.
2. UNINSTALL UNNEEDED PLUG-INS
To do that in Windows 10, go to Start and select “All Apps.” That’s essentially Windows 10’s version of the Control Panel. That will list all the programs installed on your device. Right click on the one you don’t want; then select Uninstall.
3. ENABLE CLICK-TO-PLAY PLUG-INS
Not every plug-in is one you want to get rid of. There are good reasons to keep Adobe Flash around, for example.
It’s called click to play. Instead of a plug-in always running, you have to click on it to activate it. Here’s how to do that.
Chrome: Menu (horizontal lines in the upper right corner)>>Settings. Click “Advanced Settings” at the bottom of screen. Under “Privacy,” choose “Content Settings.” Under “Plug-ins,” choose “Let Me Choose When To Run Plug-in Content.”
In Windows 10, right-click on the Start menu and choose “Control Panel.” Click “Network and Internet” and then under “Internet Options” click “Manage browser add-ons.” Click the “Manage add-ons” button and then highlight a specific plug-in in the “Toolbars and Extensions” area. If a plug-in is enabled, click the “Disable” button in the lower-right corner.
Internet Explorer: In the far top right corner, click on the little gear icon and choose “Manage Add-Ons.” Highlight a specific plug-in in the “Toolbars and Extensions” area. If a plug-in is enabled, click the “Disable” button in the lower-right corner.
Firefox: Menu (horizontal lines in the upper right corner)>>Add-Ons. Choose “Plugins” in the left-hand column. Next to each plug-in, you’ll see a drop-down menu. Change each one to “Ask To Activate.”
4. GET RID OF UNNEEDED BROWSER EXTENSIONS
If you’ve used Firefox or Chrome, you have more then likely added a few extensions.
Chrome: Go to Menu>>More Tools>>Extensions, then click “Remove” on each extension you don’t need.
Firefox: Menu>>Add-Ons. Choose “Extensions” in the left-hand column, then select the ones you don’t want and click “Remove.”