How to Uninstall Your Web Browser

Browsers can be uninstalled when outdated or unnecessary.
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How to Uninstall Your Web Browser. If you have been researching your Web browser and you think there could be a better option for you, you may want to uninstall your present Web browser to make the switch. Uninstalling your Web browser is easy, and frees up available disk space so you can install a browser that better matches your browsing requirements.

Find a New Web Browser

Step 1

Decide why your current Web browser isn't meeting your requirements. You can often change the look of your Web browser and increase functionality by manipulating the security features and accessibility options.

Step 2

Visit the Web site of the browser you'd like to try. Look for the 'Download Now' button or link. System requirements are usually posted near this link.

Step 3

Check that your system is compatible with the new version of the Web browser of your choice. To do this, click on the 'Start' button and then click on the 'My Computer' link.

Step 4

Click on the 'View System' link.

Step 5

Click on the General tab to view your system components and verify its compatibility with your new Web browser.

Uninstall Your Old Web Browser

Step 1

Open your PC's Start menu.

Step 2

Select 'Settings' and click on 'Control Panel.'

Step 3

Double-click the 'Add/Remove Programs' icon.

Step 4

Browse through the dialog box and select 'Install/Uninstall.'

Step 5

Find the Web browser that you wish to uninstall. Select it by clicking it once with your mouse.

Step 6

Click the 'Add/Remove' button to continue with the process.

Step 7

Begin uninstalling your program by clicking 'Yes' or 'Next.' Your computer will continue the uninstallation process.

Tip

Check the Help section of your browser's Web site to troubleshoot any problems you may encounter while uninstalling the browser (see Resources below).

Warning

Some problems that you encounter can be prevented by installing Web browser updates regularly. You can protect your private information and data more easily with the newest version of a Web browser. Before you uninstall, you might want to check with the manufacturer's Web site and see if there's a more current version of the browser to try. This guide was written using a Windows-based PC. Some or all of the steps may differ if you're using a different operating system.