How to Uninstall Chrome Browser – Steps to Remove

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google. The beta version of this Web browser was released on 2nd September 2008. The public release happened on December 11th 2008.

There can be several reasons for you to uninstall Google Chrome, such as:

  • You installed the beta version of the Web browser and are now unable to upgrade to the final release version without uninstalling the earlier version.
  • The current installation of Google Chrome on your computer is corrupt.
  • You tried the Web browser and decided that you are happy with your earlier Web browser, such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox.

You can use many different methods to uninstall Google Chrome from your computer. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Method 1: Using Start Menu Option

  1. Open the Start menu and select All Programs.
  2. Point to Google Chrome and then click the Uninstall Google Chrome command.
  3. Click Yes to confirm your decision.

Method 2: Using Add or Remove Programs

  1. Run the appwiz.cpl command from the Start menu.
  2. Select Google Chrome from the Currently installed programs list and then click the Remove button. In Windows Vista, select Google Chrome and then click the Uninstall button.
  3. Follow the instructions displayed on the screen to complete the process.

Method 3: Using Manual Procedure

In case you face problems while uninstalling using the above methods, you may perform the steps listed below to manually remove Google Chrome from your computer.

Caution: The following steps will make changes to the Windows registry. Because the registry is an essential component of your Windows computer, it is recommended that you make a registry backup before proceeding. You may make the backup either by using the Registry Editor tool or a reliable registry cleaner tool, such as RegGenie.

  1. Right-click here and then select Save Target As…
  2. Save the file as remove.reg on your Desktop.
  3. Close all open Google Chrome windows.
  4. Double-click on the remove.reg file and then click Yes to confirm your decision.
  5. Open the Start menu and then select Run.
  6. Depending on your operating system, run the following in command and then press Enter:
    1. Windows XP – %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google
    2. Windows Vista – %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google
  7. In the directory that opens, locate the Chrome folder and delete it.

The Google Chrome manual removal process is now complete.

After the uninstallation of Google Chrome is complete, use a registry tool, such as RegGenie, to perform a thorough scan of the Windows registry to detect and remove any left behind Google Chrome registry entries.

Method 4: Using Third-party Program Uninstaller Tool

If you find the manual removal process difficult and if you are unable to install using the automated methods, it is recommended that you use a reliable program uninstaller software, such as Perfect Uninstaller to perform the removal.

Perfect Uninstaller is designed to search your entire system and the Windows registry for any information related to Google Chrome and get rid of it completely. The best thing about the tool is that it is quite simple to use, and you can uninstall software in just a few mouse clicks.