Firefox 65 now displays extension recommendations for users in the US. When you visit websites like Facebook or YouTube, you may see an extension “recommendation” in Firefox’s address bar. Here’s how to disable it.

Despite the name, this feature doesn’t show Firefox extensions recommended by a particular website. Instead, it shows add-ons recommended by Mozilla itself. Mozilla says its editorial team selects these extensions by hand. This isn’t advertising, and extension developers can’t pay for placement. As Mozilla puts it, “Firefox does not receive any compensation as a result of this process.”

That all sounds great, but we’re a little skeptical. Many browser extensions have gone bad over time, often after the creators sell them to a company that uses the extension to track its users’ data. Mozilla has previously recommended an extension that tracks browsing data on its blog. We’re not sure Mozilla should be encouraging average Firefox users to install these extensions.

If you’d rather not see these recommended add-ons, you can disable this feature. To do so, click menu > Options in Firefox.

Scroll down in the “General” pane and find the “Browsing” section. Uncheck the “Recommend extensions as you browse” option.

Firefox will stop recommending you extensions as you browse.

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