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Question chomium extensions, unable to remove [Resolved for now]

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hi installed pop os this morning and after updating, i installed chromium, when i went to extensions, there were 2 new extensions, one a google pdf viewer, and a cryptotokenextension, both cannot be removed, and were not there prior to installing pop os
 

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How about that, I didn't see them before now. They must be really new. You're right, they're not removing and they can't be turned off. I'm looking into it.
 
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From what I've read, and I might be mistaken, it's actually a good thing to have these extensions in Chromium to prevent some default behaviors of Chrome.
 
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Thank you for your reply, that's a bit of a relief. I thought it was strange. My wife is a windows user and she does not have these extensions.
 

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I've found that Chrome downloads PDFs by default if the toggle is on, whereas Chromium doesn't even have that behavior because of this extension. There is a setting in Chrome in 'advanced' to toggle that setting, but it still doesn't work for some PDFs. Apparently, it was also common for other PDF related extensions to toggle this setting in Chrome. This extension in Chromium that cannot be uninstalled used to be an extension you could install, but once again, adding other PDF related extensions could change or override the behavior, so probably why it's hard now in Chromium. So it's probably a good thing to have that extension in Chromium to completely stop the ability to download PDFs by default.

Rarely, you may find certain PDFs downloading automatically even if Chrome is configured otherwise. The reason lies when such PDFs are actually instructed from the server-side to download to your hard drive rather than open in-browser.
In developer lingo, this happens if the URL hosting the PDF has its Content-Disposition header set to ‘Attachment,’ indicating that it's hellbent on downloading no matter what.
So, as I see it, this extension forces Chromium to only ever open PDFs in the browser window.
 
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I've found that Chrome downloads PDFs by default if the toggle is on, whereas Chromium doesn't even have that behavior because of this extension. There is a setting in Chrome in 'advanced' to toggle that setting, but it still doesn't work for some PDFs. Apparently, it was also common for other PDF related extensions to toggle this setting in Chrome. This extension in Chromium that cannot be uninstalled used to be an extension you could install, but once again, adding other PDF related extensions could change or override the behavior, so probably why it's hard now in Chromium. So it's probably a good thing to have that extension in Chromium to completely stop the ability to download PDFs by default.



So, as I see it, this extension forces Chromium to only ever open PDFs in the browser window.

I've found that Chrome downloads PDFs by default if the toggle is on, whereas Chromium doesn't even have that behavior because of this extension. There is a setting in Chrome in 'advanced' to toggle that setting, but it still doesn't work for some PDFs. Apparently, it was also common for other PDF related extensions to toggle this setting in Chrome. This extension in Chromium that cannot be uninstalled used to be an extension you could install, but once again, adding other PDF related extensions could change or override the behavior, so probably why it's hard now in Chromium. So it's probably a good thing to have that extension in Chromium to completely stop the ability to download PDFs by default.



So, as I see it, this extension forces Chromium to only ever open PDFs in the browser window.
I try to have as little extensions as I can, 2 that I set up myself, if Chromium add too, this will slow down browser and hamper browser performance won't it? I tried Firefox from pop os repositries and for me it is so slow, and I am bombarded with ads after new install, also the game I play online, is virtually unplayable (Forge of Empires) so slow, I like the privacy Firefox should provide but for me its a terrible browser.
 

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this will slow down browser and hamper browser performance won't it?
Not necessarily, many times adding extensions, or add-ons, will increase performance due to reducing the amount of garbage the browser would normally deal with without them.

I am bombarded with ads after new install
That isn't good. I couldn't abide that. Every new browser configuration I do gets the following add-ons.
HTTPS Everywhere
NoScript
UBlock Origin

Depending on the use case I will install other add-ons, but never exactly the same.
 

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