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Remove PartyPoker (Or Other Items) from the Internet Explorer Tools Menu

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My friend made the huge mistake of downloading PartyPoker onto a laptop from work – even after he uninstalled it, the menu item still showed up. He was worried about getting caught by the IT people, so he asked me how to get rid of it.

It seems like every worthless application out there feels the need to infest the Tools menu in Internet Explorer with unwanted entries, and uninstalling the application almost never removes the menu item.

To get rid of this entry, and potentially any others in the list, we’ll have to venture into the registry. Open up the registry editor by typing regedit into the run box.

Browse down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions

Under this key, you will see a lot of subkeys with really long names. Click on each one of them, and if you look in the right hand pane, you will see the menu text from the offending menu item. For instance, you can see in this screenshot that I’ve selected the key that contains the PartyPoker menu item.

Just right-click and Delete the keys that you don’t want to show up. Restart Internet Explorer, and the menu item should be gone.


This tip should work for either IE6 or IE7.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/13/07

Comments (13)

  1. Sean Chambers

    Thank you!

    I had just noticed I had the icon there after I removed Thanks for the tip!!

    Your blog has proved quite useful. More ubuntu server tips would be very helpful!!

  2. The Geek

    More ubuntu server tips coming soon then =)

  3. Vic2ryous

    WOW! that is very kewl! I do not have that issue, but surely a good info to learn!

    Thank you kind sir/ma’am!

  4. mark schneider

    Another great tip, your site is one of the best for aspiring geeks.

  5. harley

    Nice.But I never downloaded Party Poker and still get pop-ups. What to do, o PC guru?

  6. fred

    A big thanks from Holland!

  7. A whelham

    Didn’t work I found it in another part of the registry but found that if you use Regedit then edit & find then key in item eg “Party Poker” then hit “find next”, & after Xp has searched the registry simply delete the item, keep doing this going back to my computer at the top of the Regedit tree (so that u search the entire Registry!) then as before clicking edit then find next (same search term “Party poker”) & delete all occurrences of this term…. just make sure u bak up the registry 1st.

  8. Josh

    Hey, I am interested in setting up UBUNTU as my OS. However, I have a couple of reservations. First, can I still run applications such as Poker Office and Ladbrokes Poker? Second, Can I use firefox as my webbrowser? Third, Will Ubuntu improve my computer speed in comparison to XP?

    Thanks alot

  9. Barbara

    I would like to know how to replace the icons on my computer?

  10. Katagua

    Thanks so much. I have been searching for this entry all over my computer, but never found this one.
    Finally fixed the popups.

  11. Ian Ogilvy

    Really appreciated.

  12. Zmugzy

    This does not work if you set up new user accounts on your computer.

  13. Zmugzy

    The buttons reappear in the IE Tools menu in the new user accounts and they cannot be deleted using the above method. All deletion is denied.

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