How to Remove Internet Explorer From Windows XP

By Kathleen Bunn

If you find that your Internet Explorer browser is infected with a virus, isn't running correctly, or you just want to get rid of it, there is a simple way to delete it off of your computer system. There are specific steps that you can follow that will quickly and easily delete the program from Windows XP, so that you can download a new version, or simply replace it with another Internet browser. Follow the steps listed to learn how to remove Internet Explorer from Windows XP.

Step 1

Turn your computer on, and close down any programs that automatically start when your computer is booted up.

Step 2

Left click once on the "Start" button on the far left hand bottom of your computer screen. This will cause a menu to pop up on your screen.

Step 3

Navigate to the menu choices on the right hand side of the pop up window, and left click once on "Control Panel." A new window will pop up on your computer screen when you do this, and the start menu will close.

Step 4

Look on the far left-hand side of the window that has popped up, and click on switch to classic view if your window is not already in classic view. This switches the options in the window to icons and makes the next step easier.

Step 5

Find the "Add or Remove Programs" icon of a computer disk in front of an open box, and left click on it twice. This will make the add/remove programs box open up, and you will have to wait for a few minutes while it populates the box with different programs that can be removed from your computer.

Step 6

Use your mouse to left click once on the "Add/Remove Windows Components" feature on the left hand side of the add/remove programs box. This opens a tinier window that will have options of windows components that you can delete from your computer.

Step 7

Click the box next to "Internet Explorer," and make sure that all of the other boxes are unchecked, and then click the next button at the bottom of the window.

Step 8

Wait while your computer goes through the process of removing Internet Explorer from Windows XP. Sometimes your computer may give you a box that lets you restart your computer automatically, if it does not, then you will have to reboot the computer yourself to fully uninstall Internet Explorer. Visit the resource below for more computer tutorials.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not delete many other programs at the same time as Internet Explorer, keep it simple and do one at a time.
  • Make sure that you follow all of the steps on how to correctly remove Internet Explorer.