How Do I Remove Google Chrome From Being My Default Browser?

Google Chrome LogoOkay, I don’t know why I am posting this 🙂 But I think this will be useful for many users, for example, I don’t have Chrome set as the default browser on my office PC, because many of the applications I use, work only on IE ( ouch ! ).

How To Remove Google Chrome Completely

Windows XP

1. Go to your Control Panel

2. (Classic View) Open Add or Remove Programs

3. Select Set Program Access and Defaults and choose Custom

4. On Choose a default Web browser, choose one of your existing web browser

5. OK

Windows Vista

1. Go to your Control Panel
2. (Classic View) Open Default Programs

3. Click Set program access and computer defaults.

4. Select Custom, you need to click the drop down to view the list.
5. On Choose a default web browser, select one of it.
6. OK

Hope you find this useful !

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

Show 9 Comments
  • tehk 04/03/2011, 3:15 am

    Assume all people use Windows? If not, you should probably change the article title.

  • Alec Burgess 04/03/2011, 4:39 am

    Browser Tray Switch from donationcoder allows instant change from your current “default browser” to any other you have set up.

    I’ve used it with WinXP SP3 and believe it also works with Win 7

  • David Laurell 04/03/2011, 6:01 pm

    Why don’t you just go into another browser. Go into settings and set that browser to default? Don’t know about internet explorer but it works with Opera, Firefox, Chrome… etc…

    • chrome story 04/03/2011, 8:37 pm

      yes, this works too, most of the times 🙂

      • Dee 10/09/2011, 8:27 am

        This option worked on Win7. Thanks!

  • Mantas 08/03/2011, 7:12 pm

    I’d never trade Chrome for IE, not even at work, especially given there are at least three extensions that emulate IE in Chrome. Just search for IE Tab in the Chrome Web Store, Chrome IE Tab Multi works best for me.

  • daniel 06/07/2011, 8:46 pm

    In XP, using Set Program Access and Defaults to change it, has not prevented Chrome from opening up links from programs, nor did changing every html extension on Folder Options. As Chrome does not allow multiple tab rows, difference colors, multiple session saving, of offer much in the way of themes or customization, unlike Firefox (thank God for that one) then it cannot be my default browser. I have the latest beta (6-11) and installed it to replace IE8, which is no better, but now it will be uninstalled. Sorry.

  • kenneth vice 28/10/2011, 6:56 pm

    i wish i never downloaded google chrome i want to go back the way i was befor google chrome please help

  • Mark R 04/11/2011, 9:11 pm

    Try this it solved the issue I had, I don’t know if it will reset all defaults.
    Windows 7
    1. Go to the control panel > default programs > set your default programs
    2. Click on Internet Explorer
    3. Click on Set this program as default.

    That’s all I did. Please post if you do something more.