How to Remove Google Chrome Browser From Registry

by David Koenig

To modify or remove software such as Google Chrome browser, you normally go directly to a list of programs. The feature is called "Uninstall Programs" in Windows 7 or "Add or Remove Programs" in earlier versions. If this fails, delete Chrome from the registry manually. Although the task doesn't require extensive technical knowledge, it does require precision.

Step 1

Go to the file "remove.txt" on the Google Chrome website (see "Resources" for a direct link).

Step 2

Click the Google Chrome settings icon (wrench), and select "Save page as."

Step 3

Locate the desktop in the "Save page as" window, select "All files" from the drop-down menu next to "Save as type," then enter the file name "remove.reg" and click "Save."

Step 4

Close your Chrome browser, then double-click "remove.reg" on your desktop. Click "Yes" or "OK" to any prompts you receive.

Step 5

Click the "Start" menu, then type "Cmd" into the search box and hit "Enter." Click "Run" instead if you are using Windows XP. A command box appears.

Step 6

Type "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google" into the command box. On Windows XP, type "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google" instead.

Step 7

Right-click the "Chrome" folder in the window that opens, then click "Delete." This deletes Google Chrome from your registry.

Tip

  • If you have problems adding or finding file extensions, go to "Start," "Control Panel," "Folder Options" then "View" to uncheck the option "Hide extensions for unknown file types."

Warning

  • Google recommends backing up your registry before you begin as a precaution (see "Resources").

About the Author

Dave Koenig has written professionally since 2005. His writing interests include the arts, film, religion and language. Koenig holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical-theological studies from Manchester University and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in religious studies from Lancaster University.