AdBlocks crashing
January 18, 2011 1:58 PM   Subscribe

AdBlock and AdBlock Plus crashing on Chrome (v 8.0.552.237), Windows XP. Hope me!

I've been running AdBlock for a while without any problems. It started hanging and crashing, which chrome handles by popping up "crash bars" on every open window. So I installed AdBlock Plus which is also crashing.

My questions are:

How do I uninstall a disabled extension? Once disabled, it doesn't list in the chrome extensions window so I don't have an uninstall link anywhere. I really don't want two extensions doing the same thing.

Which of the numerous ad block extension for chrome is king of the hill?

What might be causing the crash? How can I figure it out? The crash happens immediately on browser start-up.
posted by chairface to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
It should show in the Extensions window (Wrench > Tools > Extensions, although this might not be the exact same place in my version as yours, since I'm in the beta channel). It'll be greyed out in that window, and an Enable and Uninstall link below it. Also, go to Wrench > About Google Chrome and make sure it doesn't want to do any Chrome updates.

I use AdBlockPlus, but I used to use AdBlock. I like ABP a little better.
posted by deezil at 2:21 PM on January 18, 2011

Response by poster: It's not in the extensions window. I've looked and looked. chrome://extensions/ shows no disable extensions but they show crash bars every time I restart the browser.
posted by chairface at 2:46 PM on January 18, 2011

How very odd. How many other extensions do you have installed? What I'm thinking you might want to do is to go into the Google Chrome folder and manually remove the extensions folders and/or all of the extensions and see if that clears it up.

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions should be where things are (change USERNAME to whatever the username is on your computer). If you can determine which ones are AdBlock and AdBlockPlus (PROBABLY gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom and cfhdojbkjhnklbpkdaibdccddilifddb, respectively), delete those two folders, and that should remove those two extensions.
posted by deezil at 4:01 PM on January 18, 2011

Response by poster: What I did was a full uninstall of Chrome followed by a spiteful purging of the Application Data\Google\Chrome folder. Based on what I saw during the uninstall, I'm pretty sure the Google Crash Handler was wedged and not cleaning up properly from earlier crashes. So next time, I'll be killing that before I do anything.

I'm the watcher what must watch the watchman, I guess.
posted by chairface at 9:19 AM on January 19, 2011

How very interesting. Fair enough way to go about it.
posted by deezil at 5:11 PM on January 19, 2011

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