Remove “Installed by Enterprise Policy” Google Chrome (updated 2017)


Installed by Enterprise policy Google ChromeGoogle 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” 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 this removal guide for “Installed by Enterprise Policy” extensions, we use the extension YouTubeAdBlocker as an example. In your case, this extension might have a different name, but it all works the same way.

Remove “Installed by Enterprise Policy” Google Chrome extension

This instruction works! (Cause we tested it!)

Update: June 2017

Reset Group Policy’s to Remove the blocked Extension

  • 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 instructions below!

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 an extension “YoutubeAdBlocker” search for “YoutubeAdBlocker” in the programs list, if you have any other adware search for that specific name.

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 an 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, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10

Uninstall Adware, Malware, Virus, Potentially Unwanted Program - Windows 7

Uninstall software from Windows 7

Windows 7 users: Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features“.

Windows 8 or Windows 10 uninstall Adware or Potentially Unwanted Programs

Remove Malware Adware Potentially Unwanted Programs from Windows 8 or Windows 10

Windows 8 and Windows 10 users: Right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features“.

Uninstall Potentially Unwanted Programs or Adware from windows 8 or Window 10

All Windows: Check the Programs List for any Potentially Unwanted Programs and click “Uninstall” or “Remove“.
Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, this makes it easier to detect recently installed software.
If you don’t know what to look for, perform a free anti-malware scan with our recommended anti-malware tools.

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

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Go to 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. Go to Search and type “regedit
    Select Regedit on the left.

Installed by Enterprise policy Google Chrome

  • In the registry editor hit (ctrl+F3) or go to 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 an 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 7/8/10 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 than 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.

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