On the advice of a friend, I decided to update my internet browser from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome™. More information on it here. This was an easy decision for me as my internet homepage has been set to Google ™ for quite some time. I felt confident going forward and, consequently, didn’t do any research.
At first glance, everything worked great.
I liked the fact that Google Chrome™ didn’t just remember my browsing history; it displayed a page of little tiles showing where I’d been. All I’d need to do was click on a recent tile and –Bam- I was there. Sweet! I could open multiple tiles at a time and alternate between them.
The first sign of a problem was when I couldn’t finesse my way through the security settings and allow pop-ups I WANTED from trusted sites. I.E. my bank. Hmmm. The second sign was the fact that our son suddenly couldn’t access the internet when logged in under his Windows Vista® profile.
It soon became painfully obvious that:
- I should have researched this new product and had a better understanding of it before I downloaded it. (sigh)
- Google Chrome™ was indeed robust but it was persnickety and problematic for me.
- Somewhere along the way, an update from Microsoft Internet Explorer version 8 to 9 had tried to happen, and not happened correctly.
Being the techie that I am (insert sneer here; hey I’m fairly capable, but I’m also impatient and have been known to click & recycle at will), I thought, “This is easy – I’ll just uninstall it.”
I uninstalled Google Chrome™ and subsequently had NO working internet browser.
This morning… around 3:00 a.m., as I lay in bed thinking of how to solve this, I admonished myself for not having researched the product in my usual thorough fashion. So, using the hubbs’ laptop, I “Googled” “Google Chrome uninstall problems” which produced 720,000 results. Eek!
I did find a solution though! (This is for Vista users)
- Control Panel
- Programs & Features
- Installed updates
- Find Internet Explorer 9 and remove it.
- System reverts to Internet Explorer 8.
And everything works as it should now!
*Disclaimer: Google Chrome™ may be a great product but this user needs to do more research before taking another blind leap!
Anyone else tried Google Chrome™? What’s your experience been like?