Browser extensions allow you to improve your productivity to a great extent. But what if you can’t uninstall them? Uninstalling extensions is not always a cakewalk, and you might come across extensions you won’t be able to uninstall via the regular method.
As such, if you can’t uninstall extensions from your browser, then this is the place where you need to be. Here, we’ll explore different ways you can try when you can’t uninstall extensions from Chrome and Edge. Let’s begin.
Can’t Uninstall Extensions From Chrome? Try these Fixes
If you can’t remove extension from Chrome, then try these fixes:
1. Delete the Extension Source Folder and Registry Entry
Generally, you can uninstall an extension by clicking the Remove option associated with it. However, if that method doesn’t work, you can delete the source folder of that problematic extension to permanently remove it. To do that, follow these steps:
- Open Chrome, type chrome://extensions in the address bar, and press Enter.
- Enable the toggle next to Developer mode.
- Note the ID of the extension you want to uninstall. Then, close Chrome.
- Press the Windows + E key to open the File Explorer.
- Click the View option at the top, hover the cursor to Show, and check the Hidden items option.
- Head towards the following location:
- Right-click on the folder whose name matches the ID number of the extension you want to uninstall and click the Delete icon.
- Next, press the Windows + R key to open the Run tool.
- Type regedit in the search bar and press Enter.
- Click the Edit option at the top left corner and choose Find from the menu.
- Paste the ID of the extension you want to uninstall and click the Find Next button.
- Right-click on that extension key in the right pane and choose Delete.
That’s it! Restart your computer, and you will see that extension is gone.
2. Reset Chrome Settings
Chrome data can often get corrupted due to sudden shutdown or virus attacks. And when that happens, Chrome can throw different issues, including the one at hand.
The solution, in this case, is to reset the Chrome settings. Doing that will delete cookies and cache and disable all the extensions.
To reset Google Chrome settings, go to the Chrome settings page and choose Reset settings from the left sidebar. Then, click the Reset settings to their original defaults option in the right pane.
From the window that crops up, click the Reset settings button. Once the reset process is complete, restart Chrome and go to the extension page to uninstall the extension.
Can’t Uninstall Extensions From Edge? Try these Fixes
If you’re unable to uninstall an extension from Edge, then here are the fixes you can try:
1. Uninstall Extension From Edge Using Command Prompt
Command Prompt is a command-line tool to perform advanced system tasks. Here’s how to use it to remove a non-removable extension from Edge:
- Press the Windows key, type Command Prompt in the search bar, and choose Run as administrator from the right pane.
- In the elevated Command Prompt window, execute the following commands one by one:
reg delete "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies" /f reg delete "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost" /f reg delete "HKLM\Software\Policies" /f reg delete "HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Policies" /f reg delete "HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies" /f reg delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender" /v DisableAntiSpyware reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies" /f reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\WindowsSelfHost" /f reg delete "HKCU\Software\Policies" /f reg delete "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Policies" /f
Now, restart your computer and launch Microsoft Edge. Then, go to its extension page and check if you can uninstall the extension.
2. Uninstall Extension From Edge Registry Editor
Are you still seeing that problematic extension in the Edge extension window? If yes, you can try removing that extension by deleting its key from the registry. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following location:
- Right-click on the Edge folder in the left sidebar and choose Delete.
- Click Yes to the confirmation box that crops up.
- Next, navigate to the following location:
- Right-click on the extension’s ID you want to uninstall in the left sidebar and choose Delete.
That’s it! Now, restart your computer and check for the issue.
3. Uninstall Extension From Edge Using the File Explorer
Another way to remove a non-removable extension from Edge is to delete its source folder. To do that, open the File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
C:\Users\krama\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Profile 1\Extensions
Then, locate the folder whose name matches the ID number of the extension you want to uninstall, right-click on it and choose the Delete icon
4. Reset Edge Settings
If you still cannot uninstall the extension, you’re left with no option other than to reset Edge settings. To do that, go to the Edge settings page and choose the Reset settings option from the left sidebar. Then, click the Reset settings to their default values option.
In the prompt that crops up, click the Reset button. This will clear the cookies and disable all the extensions. Once done, restart Edge and check if you can uninstall that extension.
Why can’t I remove a Chrome extension?
Generally, it’s a cakewalk to remove an extension from Google Chrome. However, if you can’t, that extension is probably a malware, or your Chrome data has been corrupted. Fortunately, you can fix this issue by resetting the Chrome settings.
How do I permanently remove unwanted extensions from Chrome?
To remove extensions from Chrome, launch Google Chrome, paste chrome://extensions in the address bar, and press Enter. Then, click Remove option next to the extension you want to uninstall.