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Basically, this feature should help you discover new extensions and make it much easier and faster to use certain services by simply recommending such extensions. In short, Firefox should now display a recommendation when loading a website known to offer a Firefox extension, with a small puzzle icon in the address bar that launches the popup.
The message is clearly marked as “Recommended Extension” and displays a short description of the extension as well as the official symbol, name and developer name. There is also the rating and number of users who reviewed the extension, as well as another link to read the full description.
The popup contains buttons to install the extension with a single click, but also a “Not Now” option to hide the message.
Mozilla developers understand how important it is for the browser to improve its compatibility and experience with extensions. Therefore, version 64 of the Firefox browser introduced a new concept of extension recommendations via the Contextual Feature Recommender (CFR). Contextual Feature Recommender (CFR) is a system that proactively recommends Firefox features and add-ons based on the user’s browsing behavior. This behaviour helps developers to find and recommend features and improvements that they believe would simply be a user’s job and add value, improving user interaction and engagement. In a way, the CFR aims to make Firefox personal.
While this is certainly a feature that can be useful to many, it can also be considered annoying and intrusive by others, and fortunately, Mozilla allows its users to disable it. To do this, you must start the browser and go to the following location:
To disable extension recommendations in Mozilla Firefox, do the following.
- Open Firefox and click on the hamburger button to open the menu.
- Select Options from the menu.
- Click on’General’ on the left.
- On the right side, you go to the Navigation area.
- Enable (disable) the “Recommend extensions while surfing” option.
- The function is now disabled.
The recommendations are supported by a preference. Mozilla may add a setting to the Firefox options to make it easier for users to control features.
- Load about:config?filter=browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.asrouterExperimentEnabled in the Firefox address bar.
- Confirm that you will be careful.
- Double-click on the preference name to toggle the value.
- Restart Firefox.
A value of True means that Firefox displays extension recommendations, a value of false means that this is not the case.
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