StopTheMadness for Microsoft Edge


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How to Install the Edge Extension:

See How to install StopTheMadness in Microsoft Edge for instructions on how to install the extension in Microsoft Edge.

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

Contextual Menus:
By default, StopTheMadness stops web sites from disabling Edge's contextual menu. This is useful for example on YouTube, where Edge'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 Edge's contextual menu, just press the option key while you open the menu.

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

StopTheMadness Options

There are a number of protection features that you can enable and disable. By default, the "Recommended Protections" are enabled. These provide you with a high level of protection while also maximizing website compatibility. The protections 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 website protections can be enabled or disabled as necessary or desired. Below is an explanation of each website protection:

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

How to Add Website Protections:
The Default Website Protections apply to every web page in Edge, unless you have custom protections for a particular site. To create custom protections for a website, press the New Protections 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 protections 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 "" protections will apply when you load the page "". If you want protections 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 protections 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 protections will only apply to Google Maps and not to Google Search at "". Subpaths are automatically covered too: "" would also cover "". You can customize subpath protections 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 protections and disable the specific protection.

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