Some of the important features of the Link Cleaner addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with Link Cleaner.
In short, Link Cleaner is a lite addon that can potentially improve your privacy by removing unnecessary components from a URL or link.
4 Reasons to Use Link Cleaner
Has toolbar icon which serves as ON|OFF switch.
Toolbar button changes color when it is in active or inactive modes.
Can monitor tab, iframe, or both URLs.
Available for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Opera browsers on all operating systems.
This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Link Cleaner?
This addon helps you to potentially protect your privacy by removing unnecessary components from a URL or hyperlink. Each URL has several components, such as protocol, domain, and search query string. Some websites use query search components to track users or collect information about their browsing. With this addon, you can easily clean URLs by adjusting regular expression rules within the options page. This addon can monitor tab URL, iframe URL, and both. The default option is to monitor the top URL only. To change these settings please visit the addon options page. Within the options page, you can add a Regex filter to match a request URL and a Regex substitution pattern to change or clear the URL. All the rules are listed in a table with a button to remove each item. The toolbar button serves as an ON|OFF switch to quickly turn the extension on or off. Please read the below FAQ to get more info on how to work with this addon.
2. How can I work with this addon?
Working with this addon is very easy. Simply add it to your browser and start surfing the web. When the toolbar icon is blue, the addon is enabled and when the color is grey, the addon is disabled. To add a new rule, please first open the options page. In the middle section, add a regular expression rule for the filter to match the request URL (on the left side), then write a regular expression rule for the substitution pattern (right side). The first match of the regex filter within the URL on the left will be replaced with the pattern on the right. In the regular expression for the substitution pattern, digits ( to 9) with backslash-escaped are used to insert the corresponding captured groups. The digit refers to the entire matching text (see sample rule #1 within the options page). Please note that the toolbar button is the ON|OFF switch to enable or disable the extension.
3. How can I download the source code for Link Cleaner?
To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.
4. How can I disable the addon?
To disable the addon, please press the toolbar button once. When the addon is inactive, the toolbar icon color will turn to light grey. Pressing on the toolbar icon again will change the addon state to active (with blue color). If you want to permanently disable the addon, please head to the extensions page in your browser and then click on the disable button next to the extensions name.
5. Is there a settings page available for this addon?
Yes, as mentioned above, there is an options page for this addon with a few settings to adjust.
6. Can I edit the rules table?
Yes, you can easily edit the rules table. Please open the options page and navigate to the last section. For each item, you can easily edit the - filter - and - substitution - rules. Moreover, you can remove an item by clicking on the cross sign. Please note that this addon monitors top and frame URLs (iframe) only. Please make sure to add valid rules otherwise it may break the matching engine and disables the addon.
7. Is this addon available for Firefox browser?
Yes, this addon is available for all browsers and platforms. It is also working for mobile devices. Currently, Firefox and Opera have mobile browsers for Android and iOS devices.
Your feedback goes a long way towards making this addon even better. With this feedback and bug report form, you can report bugs or suggest features/enhancements for the functionality or performance of this addon. Please note that this form will be sent to the developer(s) of this addon. You will not get an immediate or personal response at the moment. However, the developer(s) may contact you through the email address provided in this form for further clarifications or to request additional information regarding the reported bug(s).
Reviews | Discussions
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