In the latest version of the Firefox web browser (version 65), there is a new feature the sole purpose of which is to recommend browser extensions to the user. For this, Firefox observes the website that you are using and based on the website and your browser usage, it recommends an extension from Mozilla’s extension repository. For example, if you are trying to watch an online video, then Firefox will display a recommendation for some video related extension. Similarly, if you are using Facebook in Firefox, then you may get a recommendation of Facebook related extension. These recommendations appear in the address bar of the Firefox web browser.
If you do not like these recommendations appearing in your Firefox browser, then you can disable them in the following manner:
- If you are seeing an extension recommendation in Firefox, then you can click on the blue color Recommendation in the address bar, then click on downward arrow and finally on Manage recommendation settings.
- If you are not seeing any recommendations yet, then you can type about:preferences#general in the address bar and press Enter to go directly to the recommendation settings.
- Scroll down to the Browsing section.
- Uncheck the checkbox labeled Recommend extensions as you browse.
From now on, you won’t see any of these annoying extension recommendations popping in the Firefox browser’s address bar.
According to Mozilla, they recommend these extensions based on the website and how often you visit that website. They do not share this data with any third party sites. The extensions are recommended only when you visit a certain website but the websites are unaware of these extensions.
Experienced users already know and use many Firefox extensions, but perhaps this feature will be a good thing to introduce many useful extensions to the new Firefox users. However, if you feel that it is an annoying feature, you can stop Firefox from recommending extensions in the above mentioned manner.