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.
Has two modes (inclusive and exclusive) and a whitelist on the options page.
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 rules in the options page. This addon operates in two modes. Inclusive and Exclusive. In the inclusive mode, all domains are monitored except those listed in the whitelist table which, are adjusted based on the written rules. In the exclusive mode, only domain(s) in the whitelist table are considered, and all other domains are dismissed. Moreover, this addon can monitor tab (top) domain only, iframe (frame) domain only, and both. The default option is to monitor the top domain only. If you want to see the affected URL(s), please mark the console log option and open the browser console. The toolbar button serves as an ON|OFF switch to quickly turn the extension on or off. As mentioned above, by default, the addon works in exclusive mode, meaning, only domains in the whitelist table are being monitored. Moreover, only the top (or tab) URL is affected. To change these settings please visit the addon options page.
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 working based on exclusive mode, meaning only domains in the whitelist table are being monitored. When the toolbar icon is red, it means the addon is in the inclusive mode and monitors all tab URLs. To change the whitelist table please open the options page and edit any desired filed. All changes are auto-saved to the memory within the options page. If you want to turn off the addon, please click on the toolbar button once (icon color will change to light grey). To add an item to the whitelist table, please open the options page and navigate to the second section. Add a domain and a desired query string key(s) (i.e. q=). All keys should be comma-separated. Query string components are divided by (&) operator in URLs. Each component has a key and value, for example, q=test. Please look into the query string for a specific URL, and then write a desired key including the (=) operator; and the addon will include that component in the final cleaned URL. Depending on your need, you can add the (*) operator to include all components in the URL or leave it empty to remove the whole query string. The last input filed is for the regular expression rule to prevent redirection tracking. Some websites use specific URLs to track users when clicking on a hyperlink. This rule prevents redirection tracking. Please make sure to write this rule in the format specified. Once you are done editing the options page, please surf the web, as usual, the addon will monitor tab URLs (depending on the operating mode) and updates the URL in case any rules within the whitelist table is matched.
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?
In order to disable the addon, please press on the toolbar button once. When the addon is inactive, toolbar icons color will turn to light grey. Pressing on the toolbar icon again, will change the addon state to active (with blue or red color). If you want to permanently disable the addon, please head to 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 several settings to adjust.
6. Can I edit the whitelist table?
Yes, you can easily edit the whitelist table. Please open the options page and navigate to the last section. For each item, you can easily edit the - keys - and - rule - sections. Moreover, you can remove an item by clicking on the cross sign. For search queries, by default, the add-on includes only the first query string in the URL (when the inclusive mode is active). But, for the domains within the whitelist table, it only includes the query string that starts with the written keys. As mentioned above, add the (*) operator to include all query strings and leave it empty to include NO query string at all in the final URL. Please note that this addon monitors top and frame URLs (iframe) only. Redirection rules are tested before the query string matching; in other words, when a hyperlink has redirection tracking, this addon removes the tracking based on the rule specified before clearing the URL.
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 has mobile browsers for Android and IOS devices.
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