I want to uninstall Internet Explorer but I can't find where to do this. I have W.7 Professional and have looked on Computer Control?

but can't find it. Will it show as Internet Explorer, or something else?

Update:

Information post W.7 advises IE is uninstalled as it's a 'black hole' for hackers?   Big notice on one of the major Bank websites this am.   Presumably if it's not done, and you are hacked, they won't refund money stolen!!?

Update 2:

From the article How to survive...

- Uninstall the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. It's a huge security hole. Download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead.

Update 3:

I have Chrome and Firefox installed, and almost never go into anything via IE.

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  • 2 months ago
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    While Internet Explorer cannot truly be uninstalled from your computer, disabling it will prevent it from opening things like HTML documents and PDFs. Internet Explorer was replaced by Microsoft Edge as the default browser on Windows 10 computers. As such, Internet Explorer should rarely (if ever) open by default.

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    • justgetitright
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      2 months agoReport

      @Richard J -- You can uninstall IE, replace it with the browser of your choice and make it your default browser. PDF files are opened by your installed PDF reader. Those that are opened by a browser have the attribute application/PDF those that can be downloaded are application/stream

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  • 1 month ago

    Another troll, yet another day!

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  • not at all in my opinion

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  • 2 months ago

    IE is build into Windows and used for more than just browsing the Internet.  It is also part of Files Explorer, for example.

    If you could find a way to remove it, Windows would stop working.  It is that integrated into the system.

    A hacker can not hack you through IE unless you use it to go to the Internet.  Switch you default browser to Chrome or something else, and stop using IE.  Issue resolved.

    If you are using Windows 10, go out and download the new version of Edge that is build on the Chromium kernel.  The same thing that powers the Chrome browser.  Set is as your default and you do not have to worry about IE issues any more. 

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You can't. IE is part of the OS.

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  • Enigma
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The IE browser is part of the Windows operating system. Some software can not be downloaded w/o it so leave it and use a different browser like the Brave browser or Firefox.

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  • Dave
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Or better yet, replace your now obsolete Windows 7 computer. It was end of lifed by Microsoft last month, and is no longer receiving any security patches.

    You don't need to uninstall it, you just need to never open it again. Use Chrome instead. (However, that will only work until next year when Chrome stops supporting Windows 7)

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    • Dave
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Sure. They will no longer patch security issues. So if you're stupid enough to use it online, you stand a much higher chance of getting infected. Not sure why that is so tough for people like you to understand.

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  • Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Control Panel > Programs and Features > Add/remove Windows features

    on left column.

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    • dewcoons
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      That does NOT uninstall IE itself.  Only any updates you have applied to IE.  If you are using Win 7, it came with IE 10.  If you have updated to IE 11, you can only revert to 10.  If you are running Win 10, it comes with IE 11 and there are no updates.  You can not uninstall in Control Panel

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  • WayneH
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Go to Control Panel, Programs and Features, Turn Windows Features on or off (wait for it), uncheck Internet Explorer.  Restart Windows if asked to.

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    • Just Wondering0001
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Right-click a saved webpage or desktop shortvut & change the "open with" & "always use this" settings so they use either Firefox or Chrome too.

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  • 2 months ago

    You can't uninstall IE - it's built into windows.

    The only thing you can do is delete the icons for it, and install a better browser like Firefox or Chrome.

    IE (or 'Edge' as they call it now) is handy have every once in a while - I sometimes run across websites that don't open properly in Firefox/Chrome (usually poorly written websites belonging to city/county code departments - but I have to use them to upload files).

    It's also good to have multiple browsers on a machine, because if one of them has a problem, you can download files to fix or reinstall it with another one.

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    • Just Wondering0001
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Thx for the pointers to that helpful research btw Dave. Glad to see the helpful Answerer was wrong with a minor point, even though they actually did help somehow.

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