StopTheMadness for Chrome Support


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How to Install the Chrome Extension:

If you purchased StopTheMadness from the Mac App Store, see How to install StopTheMadness in Google Chrome for instructions on how to install the extension in Google Chrome.

If you purchased StopTheMadness from the Chrome Web Store, you can add the extension directly from there.

According to Google Chrome, StopTheMadness has permissions to "Read and change all your data on the websites you visit". However, this is just boilerplate text from Google shown for every Chrome extension that can modify webpages. StopTheMadness does not read, change, or share your personal data. The privacy policy has more details about StopTheMadness privacy.

If you've already set up Chrome to sync with your Google account, then your StopTheMadness Website Options will also be synced. This sync process is controlled by Google Chrome. The only data from StopTheMadness that would be synced is what you see in the StopTheMadness Website Options.

Contextual Menus:
By default, StopTheMadness stops web sites from disabling Chrome's contextual menu. This is useful for example on YouTube, where Chrome's contextual menu allows you to easily Enter Picture in Picture. If you still need to open a web site's custom contextual menu instead of Chrome's contextual menu, just press the option key while you open the menu.

Website Options:
You can selectively enable and disable StopTheMadness features. Your custom options can be configured to apply to every web page or just to web sites that you specify. To change the options, open the Extensions window in Google Chrome, click the Details button under StopTheMadness, and then click "Extension options" on the Details page.

StopTheMadness Website Options

There are a number of protection features that you can enable and disable. By default, the "Recommended" features are enabled. These provide you with a high level of protection while also maximizing website compatibility. The features labeled "Use with caution" provide even higher levels of protection, but there may be more sites that don't work right when they're enabled, which is why they're disabled by default. Any and all of the features can be enabled or disabled as necessary or desired. Below is an explanation of each feature:

When you change the website options in StopTheMadness, those changes will apply the next time you load a web site in Chrome. If you already have a web site open in Chrome, and you want the changes to apply immediately to the web site, you need to reload the page in Chrome.

How to Add Website Options:
The Default options for all websites apply to every web page in Chrome, unless you have custom options for a particular site. To create custom options for a website, press the New Customized Website button. There are two ways to specify websites: domain or URL. Examples of domains are "" and "". If you specify a domain, then subdomains of that domain are automatically covered too. For example, "" also covers "", "", etc. If you want a subdomain to have different options than its domain, create a separate item for the subdomain. The longest match always wins, so if you have items for both "" and "", then your "" options will apply when you load the page "". If you want options to apply only to subdomains but not to the domain, put a dot at the beginning: "" applies to "", etc., but not to "".

You may want to apply custom options only to certain paths of a website, in which case you need to specify the website as a full URL. For example, if you enter "", then the custom options will only apply to Google Maps and not to Google Search at "". Subpaths are automatically covered too: "" would also cover "". You can customize subpath options by creating a separate item for the subpath. As with domains, the longest match among URLs always wins. And a URL setting that includes a domain will override a domain setting for the same domain, since the URL is longer. So "" takes precedence over "".

Known Website Compatibility Issues:
In these cases you may want to create custom website options and disable the specific feature.

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