How To Uninstall Internet Explorer



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How to Uninstall Internet Explorer Completely

Two Methods:

This wikiHow teaches you how to prevent your PC from using Internet Explorer. Windows 10 computers can remove Internet Explorer as a usable feature, and Windows 10, 7, and 8 computers all can disable Internet Explorer from within the Control Panel. Keep in mind that Internet Explorer cannot be removed from your computer like other programs.

Steps

Using Windows 10 Settings

  1. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Open Settings .Click the gear-shaped icon in the lower-left side of the Start window.
  3. Click .You'll find this option in the Settings window.
  4. Click theApps & featuresheading.It's a tab in the upper-left side of the window. Doing so opens a list of your currently installed programs.
  5. ClickManage optional features.This link is directly below the "Apps & features" heading near the top of the window. Clicking it opens a list of your currently installed optional features, one of which is Internet Explorer.
  6. ClickInternet Explorer 11.It's usually near the top of the page, though you may have to scroll down if you have several optional features (e.g., languages) installed.
  7. ClickUninstall.It's below the "Internet Explorer 11" heading. Internet Explorer will begin removing itself from your computer.
  8. Wait for Internet Explorer 11 to disappear.This should only take a few seconds; once you see the "Internet Explorer 11" heading disappear from this page, you can proceed.
  9. Restart your computer.ClickStart , clickPower , and clickRestartin the pop-up menu. Once your computer finishes restarting, Internet Explorer will be gone.

Using Control Panel

  1. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen to do so.
    • On Windows 7, you'll click here instead.
    • On Windows 8, place your mouse cursor in the upper-right corner of the screen, then click the magnifying glass icon that appears.
  2. Open Control Panel.Type incontrol panel, then click the blueControl Panelicon at the top of the Start window.
  3. ClickPrograms.It's a heading near the bottom of the Control Panel window.
    • If the "View by" heading in the upper-right side of the window has "Large icons" or "Small icons" to the right of it, you'll clickPrograms and Featuresinstead.
  4. ClickTurn Windows features on or off.This option is either below the "Programs and Features" heading at the top of the page or in the upper-left side of the page. Doing so opens a pop-up window.
  5. Find and uncheck the "Internet Explorer 11" box.You'll find this option near the top of the window. Clicking the checked box to the left of the "Internet Explorer 11" heading will uncheck it.
  6. Click when prompted.This confirms that you want to remove Internet Explorer from your computer.
  7. Click .It's at the bottom of the window. Doing so will prompt your computer to begin disabling Internet Explorer.
    • This process can take several minutes to complete.
  8. ClickRestart nowwhen prompted.It's in the lower-left corner of the window. When your computer finishes restarting, Internet Explorer 11 will be gone from your computer.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    None of these instructions relate to my computer because Internet Explorer does not appear as a program in the list of installed programs. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It's not going to be in there. Look to the left in the window and you'll see installed updates; search for the Explorer program, then you can uninstall from there.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What should I do if my Windows feature is blank?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go into Task Manager and end the Windows program, then restart. If this doesn't work, reboot the computer and try again.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • When I click on Internet Explorer uninstall and confirm I wish to delete, I get the "User Account Control" with only a No option to allow change to my computer asking for admin p/word for Yes?
  • I keep deleting IE11 then IE9 till i have IE8, but after that there's no internet explorer showing on the list. How do I remove it completely?
  • What if you are using windows XP?
  • In Windows 7, I have 537 security updates listed but Internet Explorer is not there. I am continuously deleting a cookie tracker associated with Explorer, so I know it is on my computer. Where could it be?
  • How can I delete/block fake profiles in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10?
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Quick Summary

1. OpenStart
2. OpenSettings
3. ClickApps, then click theApps & featurestab.
4. ClickManage optional features
5. ClickInternet Explorer 11, then clickUninstall.
6. Restart your computer when Internet Explorer 11 disappears.

Did this summary help you?
  • While Internet Explorer cannot truly be uninstalled from your computer, disabling it will prevent it from opening things like HTML documents and PDFs.
  • Internet Explorer was replaced by Microsoft Edge as the default browser on Windows 10 computers. As such, Internet Explorer should rarely (if ever) open by default.

Warnings

  • You won't be able to disable Internet Explorer if you aren't on an administrator account.

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Rohit Kumar

Jul 24, 2019

"The different methods for opening programs and features helped. In most of the posts, there was only one way ofdoing that, which I couldn't. But this post helped me by the alternate method of using control panel."

Anonymous

Jul 1, 2019

"Thank you so much. Internet Explorer has been such a pain to me, I can't download any games because it just pullsup more pages of Internet Explorer. Glad to finally turn it off."

Anonymous

Feb 12

"Worked easily and perfectly for uninstalling a non-working version of IE 11."

Anonymous

Feb 11, 2019

"Just followed instructions, and it worked as it said. Thanks."

Anonymous

Jun 2, 2019

"A neat and well-explained sequence of steps. Thank you."

Anonymous

May 17, 2019

"Great informative article! Very easy-to-follow steps!"

Anonymous

Oct 7, 2019

"Hopefully this works to disable Internet Explorer."

Anonymous

Feb 9, 2019

"Simple and easy instructions that worked.





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