How to Remove a Chrome Extension “Installed by Enterprise Policy” on Windows

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Chrome extensions that say "Installed by Enterprise Policy" do not allow you to uninstall them because they install with elevated permissions. If you are part of a company or company, your administrator installed them. If you are not part of such an organization, here's how to remove them.

What does "installed by business strategy" mean?

When an extension of Google Chrome indicates that it is "installed by the company's policy", "installed by your administrator" or "Managed by your organizationAll this means is that when installing the extension, this is what has been done with high permissions and it can not be removed in a standard way. In most cases, anyone in a company, business, school, workplace, etc., will have a system administrator who will manage these types of settings and extensions on your computer.

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Unfortunately, if you are not part of a company or if no administrator manages your computer, these extensions may find other ways to access your system and grant you a high status .

You see, sometimes, when you download free software on the Internet, it may come with a bonus that is not sufficiently disclosed (or that was technically, but in a misleading TOS) during the execution of the program. 'installation. or malware. The unwanted software integrates with your list of browser extensions and you will not realize it until Chrome redirects to a suspicious website or displays no annoying ads.

These extensions use a Chrome policy for system administrators, but sometimes exploited by malicious software, which prevents it from being removed from your browser via the Google Chrome extensions page. To remove an extension "installed by the enterprise policy", you must search for and delete the policy added by this malicious extension.

If you think the extension is malicious, the first order of operation should be to run anti-malware software to see if it can search and destroy the problem automatically for you. Otherwise, continue below and follow the steps indicated.

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How to remove an extension "Installed by the company"

Such extensions can often, but unfortunately not always, be removed by modifying the Windows registry. Here's how.

First, run Chrome, type chrome: // extensions in Omnibox, then press Enter.

At the top of the page, switch the switch that says "Developer Mode" to "On". This allows you to view a little more information about each extension that we need for the steps below.

Switch to Developer Mode in Chrome Settings

Scroll down until you find the extension added by the policy. Look for the one you can not delete normally from the Extensions page. Highlight the station ID, then press Ctrl + C to copy it to your clipboard.

Copy the ID associated with the extension you want to delete

Extensions that can not be uninstalled often have the "Delete" button dimmed or completely missing. So, be on the lookout for extensions that would prevent you from clicking the delete button.

To remove a "Installed by policy" extension, you need to make some changes in the Windows registry.

Standard warning: The Registry Editor is a powerful tool that can make it an unstable or even unusable system. This is a fairly simple registry edition, and as long as you stick to the instructions, you should not encounter any problems. That said, if you've never worked with this before, consider reading about how to use the registry editor before you start And certainly save the registry (and your computer!) before making any changes.

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Then open Registry Editor by clicking Start and typing "regedit". Press Enter to open the Registry Editor, and then allow it to make changes to your PC.

Open the Registry Editor by clicking Start and typing "regedit". Press Enter to open the Registry Editor.

In the Registry Editor, click "Edit," then "Search."

Click Edit, and then click Search once the registry editor is open.

Paste the ID of the extension that we copied previously by pressing Ctrl + V and then click "Next."

Paste the ID previously in the field provided, and then click Next.

When the Registry Editor finds the ID, right-click the value that contains this ID, and then click "Delete."

Right-click the value, and then click Delete.

Note: Make sure you remove the entire value from the registry and not just the string contained in it.

Click "Change" and then "Next" to locate any other registry entry containing the extension ID, and then delete it as well.

Click Change, and then click Next to find other policies.

The two primary keys you want to search for will end with "ExtensionInstallForcelist" and you will usually find them at the following locations:

HKEY_USERS GPO Machine Software Policies Google Chrome ExtensionInstallForcelist
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Google Chrome ExtensionInstallForcelist

You can now close the registry editor and restart Chrome.

Go back to chrome: // extensions and click the "Delete" button in the extension that you want to remove.

Locate the extension and click Remove

The nuclear option: remove group policies

If you can not remove the extension even after following the steps above, or if you could not find it in the registry, you can go one step further and delete all the group policies on your computer. using the Command Prompt.

WARNING: This will remove all group policies on your system! Do not do this if you are on a domain that applies group policies to your system (in this case, protections will probably be in place to prevent you from performing the procedure). Do this only if you are on a home computer and no group policy has been set. You could have unexpected consequences after you run this command.

To remove all the group policies associated with your machine, you must not be part of a group policy when a legitimate administrator intentionally forces you to impose these extensions on you. This hotfix addresses people who have been duped when installing malicious extensions on their browser.

Light a High Command Prompt By tapping Start, type "command" and you will see "Command Prompt" listed as the primary result. Right click on this result and choose "Run As Administrator".

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Start, type Command in the search bar, and then right-click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

Now that you have opened a command prompt window with elevated privileges, enter the following commands, one at a time:

RD / S / Q "% WinDir% System32 GroupPolicyUsers"
RD / S / Q "% WinDir% System32 GroupPolicy"

Here is a brief overview of what these arguments do:

RD: Delete Directory Command
/ Switch S: Deletes all directories and files from the specified path
/ Switch Q: Removes everything in silent mode, so you are not prompted to confirm each file you delete.

Once these two directories are removed, you must run the following command to update your policy settings in the registry:

gpupdate / force

The whole process looks like this when done.

Ouitput commands using the command prompt

Then you may need to restart your computer so that everything is updated and completely removed.

New start

If you still see an "Installed by Business Strategy" extension, you only have one last thing to do: burn your computer and start over.

I laugh. But this involves starting a new installation of Chrome. Do not worry, because most of your information is always synced to your Google Account, which downloads when you sign in to Chrome.

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First of all, you want to manage your sync settings via Chrome and disable syncing extensions to other devices. You would not want all this progress to disappear as soon as you clean Chrome and then install everything again.

Launch Chrome, click on your profile picture, and then click "Synchronize to". You can also enter chrome: // parameters / people in the Omnibox and press Enter.

Under People, click "Sync".

Click Sync

On the next screen, everything that is saved to your account and synced to all your devices is listed below. By default, "Synchronize All" is enabled. To manually switch to the information you want to sync with Chrome, you must first disable "Sync All" and then disable "Extensions" by toggling the switch.

Start by deselecting Synchronize All, and deselect the Extensions parameter.

Now that extension synchronization is disabled and disabled, it's time to reset Chrome to its default state.

Note: By disabling extension synchronization, you will need to manually reinstall any extensions you had before re-starting. This may be the right time to list all those you wish to keep for future reference.

You can reset Chrome by typing chrome: // settings in your Omnibox and pressing Enter. Once in the Settings tab, scroll down and click on "Advanced".

Under Settings, click Advanced, located at the bottom of the page.

Scroll down the screen and click "Restore Defaults" located under the Reset and Clean heading.

Click Restore settings to their original defaults

A message will appear to warn you of the consequences of resetting your browser. This will reset your start page, your new tab, your search engine, your pinned tabs, your installed extensions, and your cookies. It will not delete your favorites, browser history or saved passwords. Click "Reset Settings" when you are ready to continue.

Read the warnings, then click Reset Settings to start over.

Let's hope that after all these hardships and tribulations, you will finally be able to return to surf the Internet with complete peace of mind. Unfortunately, Google has made the situation more complicated than it should be.

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