How to Uninstall & Reinstall IE


Reinstalling Internet Explorer is a good idea if your web browser has been severely corrupted by spyware or adware. Reinstalling files will provide a new version of Internet Explorer with all the default settings. Before a fresh install can be done, the current version of Internet Explorer has to be removed. The files are available for download from, and you should have a copy downloaded before attempting to uninstall current Internet Explorer program files.

Download Internet Explorer Setup File

  • Go to

  • Select "Products" from the menu and click on "Internet Explorer." Find the link under "Most Popular" list of products.

  • Click on "Download Internet Explorer" button. Follow onscreen instructions to download the setup file.

  • Select "Desktop" and your "Download Location," this will make it easy to find the file later for installation purposes.

  • Allow the file to fully download to your "Desktop"; this may take several hours. Do not uninstall existing file until a new setup file download has completed.

Uninstall Existing Internet Explorer

  • Click on "Start" on your computer's task bar (bottom part of the screen). Click on "Control Panel."

  • Double click on "Add/Remove Programs" (in Windows XP) or "Programs and Features" (in Windows Vista).

  • Select "Internet Explorer" from the list of installed programs.

  • Click on "Uninstall" button located at the top of the "Programs" list screen.

  • Confirm you wish to uninstall Internet Explorer. Allow files to uninstall and restart the computer.

Install New Internet Explorer

  • Go to your desktop and located the newly downloaded Internet Explorer file.

  • Unzip setup files if necessary using

  • Double click on the "Setup.exe" icon.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to install a new version of Internet Explorer.

  • Restart the computer if prompted. Double-click on "Internet Explorer" icon to confirm the new installation has worked.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not uninstall Internet Explorer without first downloading setup files. If you do not have a web browser, you cannot open Internet webpages. This will make it impossible to download new setup files.

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