How do I uninstall Google Chrome on Windows 10?

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Many Windows 10 users complained they can’t uninstall Google Chrome from their PCs.

Usually, this issue comes together with an error message but that is not always the case.

What to do if Chrome won’t uninstall

We know that many of you encountered this problem quite a few times. We are trying to come to your aid with this guide.

Hopefully, after you have followed the steps listed below, you will be able to safely remove Google Chrome from your Windows computer.

Quick solutions to remove Chrome for good:

  1. Close all Chrome processes
  2. Close all related background processes
  3. Disable any third party extensions
  4. Use CCleaner

1. Close all Chrome processes

Often, when you are not able to uninstall Google Chrome, the Error message Please close all Google Chrome windows and try again pops up.

However, sometimes it does not. In order to be sure that the reason for the problem is not the aforementioned one, we need to verify that all the processes are closed.

For you to do so, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Press ctrl + shift + esc in order to access Task Manager.
  2. Afterwards, Under the Processes tab, find Google Chrome
  3. Select it, and press End Task. google chrome end task

After you are sure that all the processes and sub processes are closed, you can continue with uninstalling the program.

2. Close all related background processes

Sometimes, Google Chrome is running certain processes even when the application is turned off. This is one of the main reasons why your Chrome removal process can get so troublesome.

Fortunately enough, the app also has a way to disable these processes while you are not using your browser.

  1. In order for you to do so, you will first need to open the Google Chrome Tools (the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen).
  2. Afterwards, you need to click on Settings, then scroll all the way settings
  3. At the bottom of the Settings window you will find the Advanced tab.cannot uninstall google chrome
  4. Under Advanced,  under the System section, you will be able to see Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed
  5. After you toggle-off that button, you can safely close your browser and reattempt to uninstall it.

3. Disable any third party extensions

Although you managed to close Google Chrome and all its background processes, you might still be unable to uninstall it.

Some browser extension processes will not close even after you’ve followed all the steps mentioned above.

So, before we try uninstalling it again, we need to disable all the extensions.

Here is how to do this on Chrome:

  1. Open the Google Chrome Tools menu from top-right corner
  2. Click More tools and then Extensionsdisable chrome extensions
  3. Disable or remove all the extensions then turn off your browser.

4. Use CCleaner

When everything else fails, maybe a third party app might be the solution you are looking for.

If you were unable to uninstall your browser up to this point, but also, if you want to keep your PC clean, you can try using a computer utility program like CCleaner.

You can download the software from its official website and you can find out more about how to use it by accessing this link.

We really hope that one of these solutions worked for you. If we missed something, or if you came across another workaround, please let us know in the comment section below.