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How to Uninstall Google Toolbar

written by: •edited by: Eric Stallsworth•updated: 7/28/2009

Perhaps you installed Google Toolbar but feel it slows Internet Explorer down, or isn't what you thought it would be. Maybe you don't even know how you installed it. Now, though, you can't figure out how to uninstall it. Here are some tips to help you uninstall Google Toolbar from Internet Explorer.

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    Getting Started

    Before attempting to uninstall Google Toolbar from Internet Explorer, it is a good idea to make sure it is not currently running. Make sure any Internet Explorer windows are closed. Next, open the Task Manager by right clicking a blank area of the taskbar, near your computer's clock, and clicking on Task Manager. You can also open it using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

    On the Processes tab of the Task Manager, check to make sure there are no Internet Explorer or Google Toolbar processes running. If there are, click on the first one you see and then click the End Process button. When you receive a message asking if you are sure you want to end the process, click Yes. Repeat with any Internet Explorer or Google Toolbar processes until they are all gone from the Task Manager.

    Task Manager 

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    Remove from Programs

    Now that all instances of Internet Explorer and the Google Toolbar have been stopped, try to uninstall Google Toolbar from your computer's currently installed programs list. In Windows XP or earlier, go to the Start menu, open the Control Panel and click on Add/Remove Programs. In Windows Vista or newer, go to the Start menu and type Programs and Features into the Start Search box. Select Programs and Features from the top of the Start menu.

    Can't Uninstall Google Toolbar 

    Wait for the program list to be updated. In the list of currently installed programs, find Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. Click on it to select it, and then click Uninstall. Google Toolbar should then be uninstalled the next time you open Internet Explorer. If you can't find Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer in your list of installed programs, or you follow these steps and still can't uninstall Google Toolbar, move on to the next step.

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    Uninstall Directly from the Google Toolbar

    Open Internet Explorer. Click the Adjust Toolbar Options drop-down arrow, which has a wrench icon, on the Google Toolbar.

    Can't Uninstall Google Toolbar Click the Uninstall button. You will be asked to note a reason for uninstalling the Google Toolbar from Internet Explorer. This is optional, so only select an answer if you wish to. Click the Uninstall the Google Toolbar button and the toolbar should immediately be removed from Internet Explorer.

    Can't Uninstall Google Toolbar 

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    More Internet Explorer Help

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