Google made a change in Chrome 57 that removes options from the browser to manage plugins such as Google Widevine, Adobe Flash, or the Chrome PDF Viewer.
If you load chrome://plugins in Chrome 56 or earlier, a list of installed plugins is displayed to you. The list includes information about each plugin, including a name and description, location on the local system, version, and options to disable it or set it to "always run".
You can use it to disable plugins that you don't require. While you can do the same for some plugins, Flash and PDF Viewer, using Chrome's Settings, the same is not possible for the DRM plugin Widevine, and any other plugin Google may add to Chrome in the future.
Starting with Chrome 57, that option is no longer available. This means essentially that Chrome users won't be able to disable -- some -- plugins anymore, or even list the plugins that are installed in the web browser.
Please note that this affects Google Chrome and Chromium.
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I haven't had any problems with Firefox at all recently - in fact I only commented the other day that it has been more stable than ever on my laptop. I would not use Chrome because of the privacy issues.
Lately, on my Windows 10 laptop, Firefox has been crashing a lot on me. It could very well be something unique to my system, I'm not sure. They have been pushing out an unusually high number of updates lately, it seems. I also use "Classic Theme Restorer" so maybe that is causing problems. It's been running well on my Windows 7 desktop, though. I'm still a huge fan of FF and will most likely stay with it, I just wish it were a little snappier, like it used to be, and like Chrome is now. But in terms of privacy, I agree that Firefox is far better than Chrome in that regard. ;)
The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page.