If you’re still using Internet Explorer to browse the internet, trash it immediately and get Chrome. Why, you ask? In a nutshell, you should get Chrome because it allows you to add on extensions that make your life so much easier in so many different ways that you didn’t know existed. To simply get an idea of the many great extensions you can use, check out a few of these and see the many benefits.

Hola Better Internet

Are you frustrated with the blocking software installed on your work computer, or maybe just looking for a little bit more anonymity when you browse? So are five million other people who downloaded the Hola Better Internet extension and now enjoy using an encrypted system to get online. If you want a more private and secure connection, this extension is a fantastic option.

Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote is an amazing piece of software that allows you to have all of your various notes in one place across all your devices, and this extension makes it even easier by allowing you to clip screenshots of various web pages and store them to your account or share them with your friends. It’s an easy way to save images and links and then seamlessly organize them.

Gmail Offline

Though a data plan makes checking email on your mobile device almost a no-brainer, checking it on your laptop when you’re not plugged into the internet can be a hassle. This extension allows you to view, manage, and even respond to emails on your Gmail account even when you’re offline.

FVD Downloader

Have you ever seen a video online and thought, “I wish I could store that.” Now you can! Using FVD Downloader, you can easily install various video and audio files from online sites and store them on your computer.

Google Translate

If you venture into international webpages, or if you’re a non-English speaker who wants to make browsing English pages easier, install Google Translate to give yourself a one-click solution to translating entire pages in seconds. It might not be something you use often, but it can come in handy, especially if you’re reading something or talking to someone and something is said in a different language.


It can be extremely jarring to have ads aggressively pop up while browsing the web or trying to watch a short video. AdBlock (and it’s beefed up cousin, AdBlock Plus), can stop all of those unwanted ads from showing up on your screen and clogging your space (AdBlock Plus even stops video ads).

Avast Online Security

You never know what you’re actually accessing when you visit these different sites, but with the Avast Online Security extension installed, you’ll never have to worry about malware being downloaded or your security being compromised when you’re just trying to browse the web.