Chrome extensions are browser add-ons that extend the capabilities of the Chrome browser. They can do many things, like changing your homepage, opening new tabs, or installing apps. You can also use them to track your browsing habits and get recommendations on what you might like to read next.
If you think that your extension has been deleted by mistake or if you accidentally removed it, then the good news is that there is still hope for you!
How to Recover a Deleted Chrome Extension
There are two ways to recover a Chrome extension.
Reinstall Chrome Extension to Recover
If you deleted a chrome extension from your computer, you can recover it. To do this, open Chrome and type “chrome://extensions” in the address bar. You’ll see a list of all the extensions that are currently installed on your browser. Check whether the chrome extension is there.
Otherwise, look in your computer’s “C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions” folder.
That’s where your computer keeps the Chrome extensions. Find the folder that was created on the day you installed the plugin. And copy the name of the folder and search for it on Google and install it. Since the data is still on your local machine, it won’t be affected.
Many people have removed their Chrome extensions because they were not working properly or there was an issue with the extension. If you were able to remove your Chrome extension, and then you reinstall it, you can recover your extension. However, it only works if the extension folder is still present on the computer. This will restore all your data and settings from the previous version of your extension.
Recover a Chrome Extension Using a CRX File
The CRX File can be used to recover a Chrome Extension from any computer or device that has Chrome installed.
First, as in the last method, you need to go to “C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions” Extensions on your computer.
Identify your chrome extension and visit its folder. Then you’ll find the CRX files in the Chrome extension. Next, you need to upload the file to an online CRX extractor. And then, you can get the source code of the extension.
Finally, you can download the source code and install it directly in your browser.
What are the Most Common Causes of a Chrome Extension Deletion?
Chrome extension deletions can happen for many reasons, but one of them is if your browser has been hijacked by malware or spyware. Another reason is if the developer made a mistake or updated their code to a newer version and the old one is not compatible with your browser anymore.
Suppose you’re using an extension that’s been deleted. In that case, it’s essential to know how to get it back up and to run again because it might be necessary for you to access important files or information on your computer.