How to Remove Google Chrome Browser From Registry

by David Koenig, studioD

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.

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

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

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."

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

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.

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

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


  • 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."


  • 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.

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