Solved Why does my laptop think I have a google window running?

July 7, 2019 at 09:41:35
Specs: Windows 10
I am trying to uninstall Google Chrome since it seems to have taken over my laptop by opening up almost every time I open my laptop (it is not my homepage, nor is it set to be my default search engine). I fully know how to uninstall a program, yet I am unable to since I keep getting the same message: "Please close all Google Chrome windows and try again". I do not have a window open, I deleted it from my task bar, bookmark, start page; can't uninstall from control panel Programs & Features or from Apps & Features. Any help would be appreciated.

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#1
July 7, 2019 at 12:27:00
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"it is not my homepage, nor is it set to be my default search engine"

You're confusing the browser (Google Chrome) with the search engine/website (Google.com). Did you try booting into Safe Mode to uninstall Chrome? Or how about bring up task manager, closing any Google apps running in the background & then uninstall Chrome? Try an uninstaller program such as Revo Uninstaller.
https://www.revouninstaller.com/


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#2
July 7, 2019 at 14:11:13
... and when you've got shot of it use either Edge (built in) or Firefox (less snoopy than Chrome).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
July 7, 2019 at 14:24:56
good for riider posting about revo uninstaller; couldn't think of its name for the lyfe of me...

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July 7, 2019 at 17:38:12

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#5
July 7, 2019 at 18:21:42
I wish I had payed more attention to it but there is a browser that you can in install that touts itself as being Chrome even though it is not, nor is it even affiliated with Google.

It was very intrusive, even going as far as overwriting your desktop and actually making your desktop it's own browser. Remember Active Desktop in Windows 98? Yeah, just like that and a total resource hog.

It sneaks in while installing other software and once it's on your system, it's a pain trying to remove it. I spent a good half hour or so trying to remove it from a friends system.

This sounds a lot like what the OP has on their system.
Revo uninstaller should do the trick

From what I remember the logo looks just like the regular Chrome logo except it's all in shades of blue instead of the red, yellow, green surrounding the blue dot.

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#6
July 13, 2019 at 11:36:59
Safe Mode did the trick! :)

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