Internet Explorer is one of the most commonly used web browsers worldwide. Users can add various add-ons to Internet Explorer to enhance its functionality. However, sometimes add-ons can cause problems, such as slowing down the browser or causing stability issues. In this blog, we will discuss how to delete Internet Explorer add-ons to improve browser performance.

Video Tutorial:

What’s Needed

– A computer with Internet Explorer installed
– Basic computer knowledge

What Should I Pay Attention to?

– Before deleting any add-ons, make sure you know what they are used for and what purpose they serve.
– Removing certain add-ons may cause some functionality to stop working properly.
– It is recommended to close all open instances of Internet Explorer before removing any add-ons.

Method 1: Using Internet Explorer’s Manage Add-ons Feature

1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen, then click on "Manage add-ons".
3. In the Manage add-ons window, you will see a list of all active add-ons. Select the add-on you wish to remove.
4. Click on "Disable" to turn off the add-on, then click on "Remove" to delete it.
5. A pop-up window will appear with a message confirming that you want to remove the add-on. Click "Yes" to proceed.


– Quick and easy to use.
– Does not require any additional software.


– Can only remove one add-on at a time.
– Some add-ons may not appear in the Manage add-ons window.

Method 2: Using the Control Panel

1. Open the Control Panel on your computer.
2. Click on "Programs and Features".
3. In the list of installed programs, locate Internet Explorer.
4. Right-click on Internet Explorer and select "Uninstall".
5. A pop-up window will appear with options for deleting Internet Explorer settings and add-ons. Make sure to select "Delete personal settings" and "Also delete your browsing history" to completely remove all add-ons associated with Internet Explorer.
6. Click "Uninstall" to proceed with the uninstallation process.


– Removes all add-ons associated with Internet Explorer.
– Ensures a complete removal of all files and settings.


– Can be time-consuming if you do not want to remove Internet Explorer entirely.
– Requires admin access to uninstall programs.

Method 3: Using a Third-party Software

1. Download and install a third-party uninstaller program, such as Revo Uninstaller or IObit Uninstaller.
2. Open the third-party uninstaller program.
3. In the list of installed programs, locate Internet Explorer.
4. Right-click on Internet Explorer and select "Uninstall".
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall Internet Explorer and all associated add-ons.


– Can remove multiple add-ons at once.
– More thorough than using the Manage Add-ons feature in Internet Explorer.


– Requires additional software to be installed on your computer.
– Some uninstaller programs may not be free.

Why Can’t I Delete Add Ons in Internet Explorer?

1. You are not using Internet Explorer as your default browser.
2. The add-on is a critical component of Internet Explorer and cannot be deleted.
3. You do not have the necessary permissions to delete the add-on.


– Be aware of what add-ons you are installing and what purposes they serve before downloading them.
– If you are unsure about the functionality of an add-on or whether it is necessary, do some research before removing it.
– Regularly review your add-ons to ensure they are not causing any performance issues.

5 FAQs

Q: Will deleting add-ons affect my browsing experience?

A: It depends on the add-on being removed. Some add-ons may affect browser functionality, while others may not have any noticeable impact.

Q: Can I reinstall an add-on after deleting it?

A: Yes, most add-ons can be redownloaded and reinstalled if necessary.

Q: Can I delete all add-ons at once?

A: No, there is no built-in feature in Internet Explorer that allows you to remove all add-ons at once.

Q: Do I need to restart Internet Explorer after deleting an add-on?

A: It is recommended to close and reopen the browser after removing an add-on.

Q: Do I need to delete my browsing history when uninstalling Internet Explorer?

A: It is recommended to do so, as some add-ons may leave behind tracking data or other remnants that could affect the performance of the browser.


Removing add-ons from Internet Explorer can help improve browser performance and stability. Whether using the built-in Manage Add-ons feature or a third-party uninstaller program, it is important to be aware of the consequences of removing an add-on and to understand its purpose before doing so. By regularly reviewing installed add-ons, users can help ensure they are not causing any issues and that their browsing experience remains optimized.

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