How to Remove Google From Your Computer

By Todd Bowerman

Google offers a host of Web-based applications designed for productivity and socializing. Some of these applications have desktop equivalents. Google Drive and the Google Toolbar, for example, give you a way to access Google with more ease -- and the Google Chrome browser can become your portal to the Web, if you so desire. If you’re ready to remove Google’s applications from your computer, you’ll need to take it one application at a time.

Google Drive

Step 1

Click the Google Drive icon in your Windows system tray. Select “Preferences” to open the Drive menu.

Step 2

Click “Disconnect Account” on the window that appears to disconnect your Drive account from the application.

Step 3

Swipe to the bottom right-hand corner of your screen and select the “Settings” charm, and then click “Control Panel.”

Step 4

Click “Uninstall a Program.” Highlight “Google Drive” on the list and click “Uninstall” to remove the application.

Google Chrome

Step 1

Close all open Google Chrome windows.

Step 2

Open the Windows Control Panel. Swiping into the lower right-hand corner of your screen, click “Settings,” and then click “Control Panel.”

Step 3

Select “Uninstall a Program.” Choose “Google Chrome” on the list and click the “Uninstall” button to remove the software.

Google Toolbar

Step 1

Open the Web browser to which you’ve installed the Google Toolbar.

Step 2

Click the down arrow next to the small wrench icon on the toolbar.

Step 3

Select “Uninstall” and then click “OK” to remove the toolbar.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.