Google Chrome is a great browser, but sometimes it just starts acting odd. Then we are left with no choice but to re-install it to bring back order. But at times clicking on the Uninstall Google Chrome shortcut in the Start menu has no effect, neither does clicking on the “Remove” button in Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel. Then how to remove it manually? Is there any way? How can I uninstall Chrome from my Windows, Mac or Linux system?
There are a couple of other ways to remove Google Chrome so that it can be re-installed. The first is to use the Google Updater utility. Start Google Updater and click on the Installed Software tab and look for the row for Google Chrome Web Browser. Click on the Uninstall link at the right of the row to remove Google Chrome. If it still doesn’t work then you may have to then change the registry to remove Chrome manually.
Uninstall Chrome from Windows
- First download
remove-chrome.zipand you will find a registry key file named
remove.reg. Extract this file.
- Now, double-click on the
remove.regfile that you have just extracted.
- In the confirmation window to import the file, click on Yes. Then click on OK.
- Now, Go to the Start menu > Run. Alternatively press Windows + R to open the Run… dialogue box.
- Enter one of the following commands in the text field, according to your operating system:
- For Windows XP users:
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google
- For Windows Vista/Windows 7 users:
- Now delete the Chrome’ folder in the directory that opens up to completely uninstall Google Chrome.
Uninstall Chrome from Mac OS X
- Open the folder having Google Chrome.
- Drag Google Chrome to the Trash icon in the Dock.
- If Google Chrome is installed in Applications folder, you’ll need to give administrative rights.
- To remove the Google Chrome icon from your Dock, simply drag it out of the Dock with your mouse.
Uninstall Chrome from Linux
- Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for “Google Chrome” in the list of packages.
- Now, select the “Google Chrome package” check box.
- To completely uninstall Chrome (including configuration files), select “Mark for Complete Removal.”
- To uninstall Google Chrome while saving your preferences, select “Mark for Removal.”
- Click Apply and select Google Chrome from the “To be completely removed” menu. Click Apply again.
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Reference: Chrome Help