extensions

Why's My Browser Crashing?

Chrome

Episode 1709

Sam from San Diego, CA

Sam is getting an error in Google Chrome that says "oh snap, something went wrong." What gives? Leo says that something has gone wrong with the browser that's causing it to crash. It could be an extension that Sam recently installed that's causing the trouble. Leo adds that Sam duplicated the issue one another computer with no errors at all. He says that points to something installed in the extensions that are causing it. Look in the extensions and disable or remove any extensions unwanted. Then try again. 

Do I Have to Give Gmail Permission to Compose Emails in Safari?

Safari

Episode 1634

Dan from Clairmont, CA

Dan upgraded to OS X Catalina last week, and he's starting to get a warning that Google will be able to read, delete and compose email in his account. Leo says that isn't from Google. He suspects that Dan may have an extension installed in Safari that's causing that, or that it could be a standard European GDPR warning message. But even if he approves it, he can revoke the permissions in settings. But first, look at extensions.  Safari-Preferences-Extensions.

Why can't I use my IP cameras with my browsers?

VIVOTEK

Episode 1569

Brian from California

Brian has a series of VIVOTEK IP cameras. But he can't cast to Safari, Chrome or Firefox. EDGE and Explorer work though. Leo says that he may need to install an extension, and it may not be available. VIVOTEK may not have written plugins for it, or it may use a technology which other browsers don't support. Browsers have depreciated some of those plugin technologies lately. And chances are, they aren't secure.

From the chatroom, there is a way and here's a video on it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEPuhmPIzm4

Why can't I visit a certain website?

Website

Episode 1483

Alan from Murrieta, CA

Alan has been having issues visiting a website on his computer, but his wife can do it on hers. Rich says that it could be that if Dave had installed a program recently, it could be interfering with his web browser. Another possibility is that Dave's Java isn't updated. He should try updating that. Also, Dave should turn off all of his browser extensions. If he can access the site after that, then he'll know that an extension is the culprit. To find out which extension is causing it, he can just go in and turn each extension on one by one until the site doesn't work again.

Has my browser been hijacked?

Chrome Reset

Episode 1383

Doug from St. Louis, MO

Doug's in laws are getting popups in Chrome using Facebook that malware is on their machine asking them to download something. Leo says that is a fishing scam trying to get them to download and install something. Leo suspects that there is a malicious extension in Chrome that is causing it. Leo suggests resetting Chrome to wipe out everything. They'll have to reinstall the extensions, but it's the only way to be sure. They should go to Settings and search for Reset. That'll make it go away.

Why can't I change my homepage in Firefox?

Episode 1315

Ed from Lyle, CA

Every time Ed opens up Firefox, it goes to Google. He keeps changing it to another page and it goes back to Google every time he opens it. Leo says it sounds like it's been changed in the settings by an extension or toolbar. Many companies make money by having their extension on your browser. Ed should right click the icon and select Properties. He should look to see what the shortcut is. He should try resetting his browser.

Why is Internet Explorer crashing?

Episode 1315

Art from Corona, CA

Art has issues with Windows 10 giving him an error message for shutting down. Leo says that Internet Explorer on Windows 10 isn't the default browser, Edge is. It has been in a kind of unfinished state until recently, though. If Internet Explorer is crashing a lot, Art should clear the history/cache and reset the browser. Leo says that the most common cause of crashing in Internet Explorer is plugins. So there's probably a bad extension in there that's causing it to hang up. It could also be a damaged version of Flash.