How to Get Rid of the Internet Explorer

by Kefa Olang

Windows 7 comes with Internet Explorer 8 preinstalled with the operating system. If you replaced the existing browser with Internet Explorer 9 and are no longer interested in its services, you can uninstall it. Once uninstalled, IE9 reverts to IE8; however, you can also get rid of IE8 if you do not want traces of Internet Explorer on your Windows machine.

Click the "Start" button, and type "Programs and Features" in the search box. Press "Enter" to launch the programs window.

Click the "View Installed Updates" option in the left pane, and scroll down to the "Microsoft Windows" section under "Uninstall an Update."

Right-click "Windows Internet Explorer 9" and click "Uninstall." When prompted, click "Yes" to confirm your selection.

Click "Restart Now" if you want to restart your computer after the uninstall completes. Click "Restart Later" if you prefer to wait until you shut down your computer. Once the uninstall completes, Windows 7 automatically restores Internet Explorer 8.

Go back to the "Programs" window if you want to remove Internet Explorer 8 as well. Click the "Turn Windows Features On or Off" option in the tasks pane. You should see a list of Windows features.

Clear the check box next to "Internet Explorer 8." When prompted, click "Yes" to confirm your selection. Internet Explorer 8 is removed from your computer. Your computer is now Internet Explorer free.

About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.