“Hi Wally, I am having problems with Plugins and wondering how to fix it?” - Bryan N., United Kingdom
Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:
- Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
- Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
- Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.
Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.
Overview of Plugins
Plugins are small add-ons that extend the functionality of any given product or software. Some plugins are company supported, while others are user created just for a specific purpose.
For instance, graphic design programs use plugins that have been created to mimic brush strokes, replicate artistic tools, create filter effects, and other things that enhance the program and allow users more flexibility.
Browsers also use plugins for various purposes. Because they are small and relatively easy to create, software that supports plugins often has huge user bases with users who create and share their own plugins with others. Major companies also offer plugins; many Internet users have no doubt come across the encouragement to download a browser plugin to play Flash movies or to listen to music.
Many plugins make favorite software better, while others are necessary to perform tasks. Most major software has both supported and unsupported plugins to choose from when users are seeking ways to extend the software’s reach and functionality.
What Problems are Associated with Plugins?
The compatibility of plugins can be a problem. User-created plugins may work, somewhat, with one version of the software, but not with the latest releases. Some users seek to update their plugins to ensure that they are compatible, but some do not. In either case, it’s a matter of users being aware of the source of the plugins they are downloading and installing.
Though small in size, plugins can do serious damage to both software programs and your computer if they are wrongly created, or if they are not compatible with the software release. The best place to find secure plugins is on a company’s site itself; most will offer user plugins that have been tested. There are also many independent sites where plugins can be downloaded, often for free, and some of these sites also do their own testing.
Those unsure of plugins’ compatibility can usually enter the name of the plugins and their operating system or software into a search engine and gain the latest information that way. Safe plugins, used wisely, can turn good software into a fantastic tool, and make fantastic software even better.
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