Remove “Installed by Enterprise Policy” Google Chrome (updated 2019)

installed by your administratorGoogle Chrome extensions are often very easy to remove if you go to 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” or “Installed by your Administrator” and cannot be removed using the trash can icon.

In that case, we need to manually remove the extensions from Windows and the Google Chrome web browser.

This is some work but not a very hard task to perform. The extensions “Installed by Enterprise Policy” are most likely caused by adware, which means the extension is ad-supported and installed without the user’s permission.

Remove “Installed by Enterprise Policy” Google Chrome extension

This instruction works! (Cause we tested it!)
Update: March 2019

Reset Group Policy’s to Remove the administrator extension permission

  • Right-click the Windows Start menu (or Windows key + X)
  • Select "Command Prompt (Admin)" or search for "cmd.exe" and right click "Run as Administrator".
  • a command prompt opens up.
  • Type the following commands in the command prompt in following order:
  1. rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers" 
  2. Press Enter on your keyboard
  3. rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
  4. Press Enter on your keyboard
  5. gpupdate /force
  6. Press Enter on your keyboard

reset group policy

  • The “Installed by enterprise policy” policy can be removed from Google Chrome, you should be able to remove the desired Browser Extension from your Browser. Please try to remove the Browser Extension from Google Chrome.

If this didn’t work, please follow the instructions below!

Open the Google Chrome web browser, expand the Chrome menu, click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.

In the Google Chrome menu, expand More tools and open Extensions.

Click “Developer Mode” in the upper right corner. In the extension, you would like to remove note the ID. Save the ID somewhere in a text editor, we need it later.

chrome extensions enable developer mode

Go back to Windows, click on the Start button with a right mouse click and select Run from the Start menu.

open run windows

In the Run box type: regedit.exe

open regedit.exe

Regedit is the Windows Registry Editor. We are going to use the Windows Registry Editor to remove the extension ID from the Google Chrome forced Install extension list. Make sure the task is created with administrative privileges.

In the left menu, expand the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome\ExtensionInstallForcelist

Find the ID we copied earlier from the Google Chrome extensions list. Click the corresponding number with a right click and select Remove.

Delete the full key, not the data field the whole key, number 2 in this example.

remove installed by enterprise extension chrome

Close the registry editor and close the Google Chrome web browser. Restart Google Chrome and the extension is gone from the list of installed by enterprise extensions.

Scan your computer with Malwarebytes to make sure all adware is removed your computer.

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