Remove “Installed by Enterprise Policy” Google Chrome extension

By | February 10, 2014

Installed by Enterprise policy Google ChromeGoogle Chrome extensions are often very easy to remove, if you goto the extensions tab search for your specific extensions and click the trash can icon the extension is gone forever. But in some cases the extension is “Installed by Enterprise Policy” and cannot be removed using the trash can icon. In that case we need to manually remove the extensions from Windows and Google Chrome. This is some work but not a very hard task to perform. The extensions “Installed by Enterprise Policy” are mostly caused by adware, in our removal guide for “Installed by Enterprise Policy” extensions we use the extension YouTubeAdBlocker as a example. In your case this extension might have different name, but it all works the same way.

Remove “Installed by Enterprise Policy” Google Chrome extension

This instruction works! (Cause we tested it!)

First we need to remove malicious software from your computer. In some cases this might also remove the by Enterprise installed policy from Google Chrome. It’s the easiest and quickest way to get rid of this extension. The main problem is, there is a lot of adware spreading of the internet and we can’t say which adware is installed on your computer. If you have a extension “YoutubeAdBlocker” search for “YoutubeAdBlocker” in the programs list, if you have any other adware search for that specific name. Bottom-line: remove any software you don’t know, trust or is recently installed.

STEP 1 – Remove Malicious software from Windows XP or Windows 7

  • Select Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Goto Programs
  • Select Uninstall a program

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

Search for {MALICIOUS SOFTWARE} and click the Uninstall button

* Basically search for any recent installed software you don’t know or trust

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

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Drag your mouse to the right edge of the screen. Goto Search and type “Control Panel
Select Control Panel on the left.

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

Goto ProgramsUninstall a program

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

Search for {MALICIOUS SOFTWARE} and click the Uninstall button

Basically search for any recent installed software you don’t know or trust

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

STEP 2 – Find ID of Google Chrome Extension and remove it

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Goto Menu (3 strips in the right corner) > Settings > Extensions

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • Select “Developer Mode” and NOTE or COPY the id of the extension that is “Installed by Enterprise Policy”. In our case: YouTubeAdBlocker, yours might have a different name.

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • Close Google Chrome
  • Windows XP/7/Vista: Goto Start > type: regedit.exe
  • Windows 8: Drag your mouse to the right edge of the screen. Goto Search and type “regedit
    Select Regedit on the left.

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • In the registry editor hit (ctrl+F3) or goto Edit > Find Next
  • In the Search-box enter the ID of the ID we found earlier in the Google Chrome managed extension.

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • Press Find Next
  • The key is found in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome\ExtensionInstallForcelist
  • Delete the key, right click on the number and select “Delete

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Navigate to: chrome://policy/
  • Search for the directory of the files from this Google Chrome extension that is “Installed by Enterprise Policy”. This directory is a example, yours might be different.

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • Open Windows Explorer
  • Click Organize > Folder and Search Options

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • Goto tab: View
  • Check Show Hidden Files, Folders and drives
  • Click Apply button

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • Navigate to the directory we found earlier in the chrome://policy/ tab.
  • Delete the entire folder
Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

Example: your directory might be different!

  • Policy Managed extension’s files are stored in Google Chrome’s default extensions folder . You need to delete the directory corresponding to the noted ID we did earlier.

Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
Windows 7/8 or Vista:
 %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions

  • Delete the folder with the ID we found earlier in Google Chrome Extensions.
Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

Notice: your ID might be different then the one used in the example.

  • Navigate to : %windir%\system32\GroupPolicy\ folder (e.g. C:\windows\system32\GroupPolicy)
  • Delete the folders Machine and User

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

THIS IS IT! ENJOY!

Installed by Enterprise Policy’s are completely gone for Google Chrome.


Notice: there isn't any software in this instruction that requires any payment or subscription in order to remove any malware from your computer. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is shareware, which means if you need real-time protection and more premium features, it requires a payment after 14 days trial. However detecting and removing malware with the Free version is totally free and stays free. (more information)
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