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How to Remove Search Plugins in Firefox

Published on April 08, 2005
By Pete Freitag

Search Plugin's in firefox are a pretty cool feature, especially since they are so easy to make. However if you want to remove an installed search plugin I can't find any way to do this inside firefox. It should be in the extensions manager, or something like it.

You can remove them manually by going to your Firefox program directory, eg: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\ and deleting the .src and .png or .gif files located in the searchplugins sub folder.

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How to Remove Search Plugins in Firefox was first published on April 08, 2005.

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Thanks, I had been wondering about that too, Pete... after adding a few, it really becomes necessary to delete some, and it felt counterinstinctive to prowl around directories to do so... good to know that you came to the same conclusion, thanks.
by John Dowdell on 04/08/2005 at 6:04:34 PM UTC
Jake, I would suspect that is a bug then, the upgrade script shouldn't touch the searchplugins folder I wouldn't think.

You could probably report that to bugzilla.
by Pete Freitag on 04/09/2005 at 3:08:28 PM UTC
In order to access fire fox plug ins, you click on the tools section on your fire fox browser and the click on add ons. That will list all of the plug ins and also has the option to disable or uninstall plug ins.
by Alison on 01/04/2008 at 12:31:05 AM UTC
firefox kept saying my searches looked like an automated search and would noty let me search google.. so i de installed firefox but the searchplugins folder wouldnt delete.. there are no png or gif filkes and no subfolder too only xml files which i cant shred or delete!
i dont want those plugins and they cant be deleted.
what to do?
by SAM on 10/09/2008 at 8:09:47 AM UTC
Alison's suggestion is the best for non-techies, like me. From the Tools tab, you can also diasble a plugin without uninstalling it in case it has features you may wish to use once in a while. thanks for the help!
by Mary Bowling on 03/31/2009 at 9:48:50 AM UTC