You cannot uninstall "Internet Explorer" in any of its versions from Windows 2000 Pro, because IE is a superset of "Windows Explorer", an intrinsic part of the operating system.
Page 761 of "Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional", by Robert Cowan and Brian Knittel, states this:
"When Internet Explorer has switched to an ordinary Windows Explorer view, the File, Open command is no longer available"; this statement links the relationship between these two programs.
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