I'd like to uninstall Tor but can't. I've deleted the desktop links and that didn't do it. I've searched my system for any other instances of "Tor" but the only remaining file is the installation executable file. When I try to bring up firefox the Tor browser comes up.

I'd sure appreciate some help. Thank you.

2 Answers 2


I believe from your explanation you may have only removed shortcuts to the application, and the source files still remain.

Method 1 - Windows

On Control Panel, go to Uninstall a Program and ensure there is no entry for TOR. If there is, uninstall from there.


1.Click the search bar at the bottom right of the screen
2.Type Control Panel and click the obvious result
3.Locate "Uninstall a program" and click that
4.In the search bar, search "Tor"
5.If it appears, then remove it. 

Method 2 - Revo

Download a program such as REVO Uninstaller then locate the program there, and click uninstall. This is a more thorough method of removing files than windows built in.

Method 3 - Manual File Search

A few probable file locations to check is the following:

1.C:\Program Files
2.C:\Program Files (x86)


You say that when you try to open FireFox, Tor comes up?

You could try right clicking the part you click to open FireFox, checking the properties and see if the link leads to TOR. 

On windows settings, in the search bar type "Default" and click "Choose default web browser". Check what the default app is in there. 

If you did not accidentally/purposely set TOR as default browser, then your system could be compromised by a Virus. In which case run a few Virus scans and check. 
  • Thanks for your suggestions. I had a repairman clean up my computer, including removal of TOR. I'd like to re-install it but it actually kept me from getting on many non-onion sites. And I never did get to an onion site. Thanks @Hex
    – Incubus
    Nov 7, 2018 at 21:36

Unlike other software, Tor browser does not make any entry in the Add and Remove Programs option under the Control Panel.

Therefore, the simplest way to uninstall Tor browser would be to delete the Tor folder, usually available on the desktop of Windows 10.

Hope this helps.

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