Ever since Google Chrome’s release in September 2008, it has grown to become one of the most used internet browsers internationally. It has also built a large community of developers who have created thousands of extensions for other people to modify their experience on the browser. These extensions are accessible through the Chrome Web Store. But which ones do you really need? Listed below are three different extensions that the average Chrome user will find very useful and productive.
AdBlock is probably my favorite extension out of all in the Chrome Web Store because of its usefulness and benefits. If you haven’t already worked out what this extension does by looking at the name, AdBlock hides all the ads on 99 percent of the pages you enter. From YouTube advertisements at the start of videos to popups on tacky websites, AdBlock covers everything. I don’t remember the last time I saw an ad on a website. Looking at a website without advertisements and popups everywhere is what most people want and that is why I strongly recommend it.
Wolfram Alpha is the fastest way I have discovered to access information that only takes one step. This extension basically links to the site Wolfram Alpha, which is a “computational knowledge engine” relying on other databases and content to supply information faster. Whether you need to know about the weather, mathematics, certain times and dates, or music, Wolfram Alpha will compute and return information in a couple of seconds. The input that you type may be a question, sum, or it may be just keywords that give enough information to process. This utility is a must-have in many scenarios.
FVD Video Downloader
The last extension on Google Chrome that is worth getting is this. Again, the name gives away what it does. FVD Video Downloader allows you to download videos, flash files, and music from almost any page on the Internet if something’s there. The only downside of this extension is that you are unable to download YouTube videos because it won’t let you. However, because of the Chrome Web Store Policy, there is no extension available that will let you download the videos. To get around this, you will have to get a free YouTube downloader or use an online converter. Other than this, however, FVD will allow you to download videos on websites where a download option isn’t available on the page. That is why Google Chrome would be incomplete without this extension.