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How Do I Completely Uninstall Google Chrome?

written by: •edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 9/16/2010

If you tried Google Chrome but decided you did not want to use it after all, you may find that, even after you uninstall it, some files remain on your computer. Learn how to completely uninstall Google Chrome.

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    Overview

    Removing Google Chrome from your computer is not terribly difficult. The steps to do so will depend upon your operating system. If you are using Windows, you may wish to find the remaining Google Chrome files on your computer after you uninstall the program. Read on to learn how to completely uninstall Google Chrome from a Mac, Linux, or Windows computer.

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    Uninstall Google Chrome from Mac

    To uninstall Google Chrome completely, make sure you are logged in with administrator rights if Google Chrome is in the Applications folder. Go to the folder containing the web browser and drag it to the Trash icon on the Dock. Drag the Google Chrome icon out of the Dock to remove it as well.

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    Uninstall Google Chrome from Linux

    Go to the Applications menu, point to Debian and select Applications. Go to the System menu, click on Package Management and then Synaptic Package Manager. Type Google Chrome into the Search field and press Enter. Select the Google Chrome Package check box. Click Mark for Complete Removal to completely uninstall Google Chrome and click Apply. Select Google Chrome from the To Be Completely Removed menu and click Apply again.
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    Uninstall Google Chrome from Windows

    How to completely uninstall Google Chrome Windows 

    If you want to learn how to completely uninstall Google Chrome from Windows, go to the Start menu, point to All Programs and open the Google Chrome folder. Select Uninstall Google Chrome. The Uninstall Google Chrome dialog box will open. Select the Also Delete Your Browsing Data check box. If you had set Google Chrome as your default web browser, you can select the Change Default Browser To check box and select the browser that you want as your new default. Otherwise, you can select your default browser after you uninstall Google Chrome. Click the Uninstall button to complete the uninstallation.

    How to completely uninstall Google Chrome Windows Control Panel You can also uninstall Google Chrome via the Control Panel.

    In Windows XP, open Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel. Open Programs and Features from the Control Panel in Windows Vista or Windows 7. Select Google Chrome in the list of programs and click Remove or Uninstall. The Uninstall Google Chrome dialog box will open. Select the Also Delete Your Browsing Data check box. If you had set Google Chrome as your default web browser, you can select the Change Default Browser To check box and select the browser that you want as your new default. Otherwise, you can select your default browser after you uninstall Google Chrome. Click the Uninstall button to complete the uninstallation.

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    Manually Uninstall Google Chrome from Windows

    If you try to completely uninstall Google Chrome but have problems or find files still on your system, you can manually uninstall the web browser by editing the Windows registry. If you have never done so, read What to Learn Before Modifying Your Windows Registry, as incorrectly modifying your registry can cause serious system damage. You may also want to read Backing Up Windows XP Registry and Backing Up Windows Vista Registry.

    If you decide to go forward with a manual uninstallation, make sure your file extensions are displayed first. In Windows XP, go to the Start menu and open the Control Panel. Open Folder Options and click View. Clear the Hide Extensions for Known File Types check box. In Windows Vista or Windows 7, click Start and select Computer. Go to the Organize menu and click Folder and Search Options. Go to the View tab and clear the Hide Extensions for Known File Types check box.

    How to completely uninstall Google Chrome manually Right-click this link and select Save Link As or Save Target As. Change the File Name to remove.reg, select All Files in the Save as Type box and select Desktop as the location. Click Save.

    Double-click the remove.reg icon on your desktop and click Yes or Run to add it to the registry. Click OK.

    If you are using Windows XP, go to the Start menu and click Run. Type (or copy and paste) XP:%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google into the Open box and press Enter. For Windows Vista or Windows 7, type (or copy and paste) %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google into the Instant Search field at the bottom of the Start menu.

    Right-click the Chrome folder and select Delete to completely uninstall Google Chrome.