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I have IE 4 on my system plus all the additional components that came with it which I installed a while ago. I would like to completely remove it. I could not find where the uninstall program is! Please help.
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falcon,
You'll find what you need here:

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q175/6/10.asp?FR=0

Let me know if you need help with it.
Regards,
Ralph
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I went to check on the site you mentioned. It asked me to fill a lot of details about
my email address etc etc.. and also asked me to give a password. Not knowing what
else to do I quit.
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Falcon,
That's just a one-time registration.
Use of the Microsoft Knowledgebase has many advantages.
Anyway, here's the article, I hope it helps:

How to Manually Uninstall Internet Explorer 4.0
Last reviewed: November 30, 1998
Article ID: Q175610
 
The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 4.0, 4.01 for Windows 95


SUMMARY
This article describes how to manually uninstall Internet Explorer 4 for Windows 95 when you are unable to uninstall Internet Explorer with the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel, or the Ieremove.exe tool.

NOTE: The steps in this article cannot be used to uninstall Internet Explorer from Microsoft Windows 98. For more information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


   ARTICLE-ID: Q186751
   TITLE     : Cannot Remove Microsoft Internet Explorer from Windows 98

NOTE: Do not follow the steps in this article if you have not tried to uninstall Internet Explorer 4 by using the steps described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

   ARTICLE-ID: Q174265
   TITLE     : How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 4.0

   ARTICLE-ID: Q166313
   TITLE     : Removing Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 95 Using
               Ieremove.exe

MORE INFORMATION
To uninstall Internet Explorer 4 after trying the steps in the articles listed above, use the following steps.

NOTE: If the Windows Desktop Update is not installed on your computer, or Windows 95 does not start, skip to step 4.

NOTE: Make sure to have your original Windows 95 disks or CD-ROM available before you begin these steps.


Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs.

On the Install/Uninstall tab, click Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, and then click Add/Remove.

Click "Remove the Windows Desktop Update component, but keep the Internet Explorer 4.0 Web browser", click OK and then click OK.
NOTE: Even though you are unable to uninstall Internet Explorer 4.0, the option to uninstall the Windows Desktop Update should be available in the Add/Remove programs tool. If you cannot uninstall the Windows Desktop Update with the Add/Remove programs tool, you must extract Explorer.exe and Shell32.dll from the original Windows 95 disks or CD-ROM. See step 5.


If you installed Windows 95 from CD-ROM and you are using real-mode CD-ROM drivers (therefore you can access your CD-ROM drive in MS-DOS), skip to step 5. If you installed Windows 95 from CD-ROM and you are not using real-mode CD-ROM drivers (therefore you cannot access your CD-ROM drive in MS-DOS), extract the Explorer.exe and Shell32.dll files to a temporary folder. For information about how to extract files, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


      ARTICLE-ID: Q129605
      TITLE     : How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files


Restart your computer. When you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, press F8, and then choose Command Prompt Only. Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command:


      cd windows\system
      ren inetcpl.cpl inetcpl.old
      ren ole2.dll ole2.old
      ren ole32.dll ole32.old
      ren oleaut32.dll oleaut32.old
      ren olepro32.dll olepro32.old
      ren olethk32.dll olethk32.old
      ren setupwbv.dll setupwbv.old
      ren softpub.dll softpub.old
      ren stdole2.tlb stdole2.old
      ren urlmon.dll urlmon.old
      ren wininet.dll wininet.old
      ren wintrust.dll wintrust.old
NOTE: This procedure assumes you do not have files with these names with the .old extension. If you do have files with these names with the .old extension, use a file name extension that is not currently in use.

If you cannot uninstall the Windows Desktop Update from the Add/Remove Programs tool, type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command:



      cd \<windows>
      ren explorer.exe explorer.old
      cd \<windows>\System
      ren shell32.dll shell32.old
From the original Windows 95 disks or CD-ROM, extract the Explorer.exe file to the Windows folder and then extract the Shell32.dll file to the Windows\System folder. To do so, use the appropriate method:

NOTE: If you extracted the Explorer.exe and Shell32.dll files to a temporary folder in step 4, copy the Explorer.exe file from the temporary folder to the Windows folder, copy the Shell32.dll file from the temporary folder to the Windows\System folder, restart your computer, and then skip to step 6.

Windows 95 CD-ROM -----------------

Insert the Windows 95 CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command:



      extract /a <drive>:\win95\win95_02.cab explorer.exe /l windows
      extract /a <drive>:\win95\win95_02.cab shell32.dll /l windows\system
where <drive> is the drive letter assigned to your CD-ROM drive.

Windows 95 Floppy Disks -----------------------

Insert the Windows 95 floppy disk 2 into the floppy disk drive, and then type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command



      extract /a <drive>:\win95_02.cab explorer.exe /l windows
      extract /a <drive>:\win95_02.cab shell32.dll /l windows\system
where <drive> is the floppy disk drive letter.



      For more information about using the Extract tool, type "extract"
      (without quotation marks) at a command prompt, or see the following
      article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


      ARTICLE-ID: Q129605
      TITLE     : How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files


Reinstall Windows 95. To do so, insert floppy disk 1 (or the Windows 95 CD-ROM) into the appropriate drive, and then type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command


      <drive>:
      setup
where <drive> is either the drive letter assigned to your CD-ROM, or the floppy disk drive letter.

Click No when you receive the following prompt:



      A file being copied is older than the file currently on your
      computer. It is recommended that you keep your existing file.

         File name:    <filename.ext>
         Description:  <description of file>
         Your version: <version number>

      Do you want to keep this file?


After Setup finishes, reinstall Internet Explorer 3.02. For information about installing Internet Explorer 3.02, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:


      ARTICLE-ID: Q164475
      TITLE     : Availability of Internet Explorer 3.02 for Windows 95
                  and NT 4.0

   Click No when you receive the following prompt:

      A file being copied is older than the file currently on your
      computer. It is recommended that you keep your existing file.

   NOTE: If Internet Explorer 3.02 is not available to you for
   reinstallation, or if reinstalling it does not resolve the issue, try
   reinstalling Internet Explorer 4 in a new folder. For example, if
   Internet Explorer 4 was installed in the "C:\Program Files\Internet
   Explorer" folder, try reinstalling it in the C:\IE4 folder. This
   substitutes for reinstalling Internet Explorer 3.02.

You can now reinstall Internet Explorer 4. To completely remove Internet Explorer 4 from your computer, reinstall Internet Explorer 4, and then uninstall Internet Explorer 4. For information about reinstalling Internet Explorer 4, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

      ARTICLE-ID: Q 170993
      TITLE     : How to Install Internet Explorer and Troubleshoot Setup Problems
 

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comment to marotta.

 I may have forgot to tell you that I am running windows 98. On Msft KB, it was indicated that you could not simply remove IE at all. Is that true? what should I do?
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You forgot, and since you have posted your question in the "Windows 95 Setup" topic area, I assumed........

Okay, what you read is true.  Win98 is tightly integrated and there is no way to un-install IE4 that I am aware of.

If you want to make it "disappear" try the following:

http://www.annoyances.org/win98/features/integration.html

Regards,
Ralph

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Ok. I grade your answer with A. Thanks for the help.
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Glad to help!
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