How to remove a Google Chrome extension "Installed by enterprise policy"?

Google Chrome extension "Installed by enterprise policy" - how to remove?

This removal guide shows how to remove a Google Chrome extension that was "Installed by enterprise policy". Note that recently, there is a rise in adware infections, and in many cases, these potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) install on users' Internet browsers disguised as legitimate extensions. Commonly, potentially unwanted applications are bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet, the installation of which, is often a consequence of not paying close attention to the installation steps.

To avoid inadvertent adware or PUP installation, Internet users should always install freeware choosing the 'Custom Installation' option rather than 'Typical Installation' - and be sure to opt-out of any changes to your Internet browser settings. Also, disallow installation of any additional software. In this removal guide I will demonstrate how to remove the "Coupon Server" Google Chrome extension that is marked as "Installed by enterprise policy". I chose this extension simply as an example, however, this removal guide is generic and will help you to remove any Chrome extension that is marked as installed by enterprise policy.

To check the Google Chrome extensions: Click on the bars icon (top right corner of Google Chrome), select 'Tools' and click 'Extensions'.

Checking Google Chrome extensions list

Here is an example of a Chrome extension that is marked as "Installed by enterprise policy" (it is greyed-out, and therefore, users are unable to disable or remove it):

Google Chrome extension "Installed by enterprise policy" example

When dealing with "Installed by enterprise policy" Google Chrome extensions, first check for any recently-installed software within your operating system's 'Add/remove programs'. In some cases, uninstalling this software will also eliminate the associated Internet browser extension.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select "Control Panel". In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program." Look for recently added software, select the entry and click Uninstall.

Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for recently added software, select the entry and click Uninstall.

Windows XP users:

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "recently added software, select this entry, and click Remove.

Uninstalling potentially unwanted applications via Control Panel

After uninstalling the unwanted software, check your Internet browser extensions. If you continue to observe unwanted entries in your Google Chrome extensions list, continue with the removal instructions.

Firstly, you need to make a note of the ID of the unwanted "Installed by enterprise policy" extension. You will need this in later removal steps to verify the ID of an extension. Click on the bars icon (top right of the Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions", select "Developer Mode". 

Checking the id number of the Google Chrome extension

To remove the "Installed by enterprise policy" Chrome extension, you firstly need to close Google Chrome:

Close Google Chrome

Right click on the Google Chrome icon and choose "Close window".

Close any runing Google Chrome browsers

After closing Google Chrome, remove the registry entries of the "Installed by enterprise policy" extension:

In Windows XP - Click Start, Run.

Start, run in Windows XP

In the opened window type "regedit".

regedit Windows XP

In Windows 7 - Click Windows Logo (Start), in the "Search Programs and Files" field, type "regedit" and press Enter.

Windows 7 regedit

In Windows 10 - Click the Windows logo (Start) and type “regedit”, looks in the best match section and click on “regedit”.

windows 10 regedit

In the opened Registry Editor click "Edit" and select "Find...".

Finding the registry entries of the "Installed by enterprise policy" extension

In the opened window paste the ID of the "Installed by enterprise policy" Chrome extension which you are trying to remove and click "Find next" button.

Finding the registry entries of the "Installed by enterprise policy" Google Chrome extension step 2

Remove the registry key matching the Data value of the "Installed by enterprise policy" extension's ID (right click on the registry key and select "Delete"):

Deleting the registry entry of an "Installed by enterprise policy" extension

Confirm that you want to remove the registry entry by clicking "Yes" button.

Confirm value delete

After removing the registry entry of the "Installed by enterprise policy" Chrome extension, remove the associated files. To do this, Open "My Computer" and navigate to "C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions". Remove the directory matching the ID of the "Installed by enterprise policy" Chrome Extension.

You can access your AppData directory by typing %USERPROFILE% (Windows XP) or %localappdata% (Windows 7 and Windows 8),  in the Run dialog box.

"Installed by enterprise policy" Google Chrome extension files removal

Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine (or C:\Windows\System32\GroupPolicy\User) folder and remove the file named Registry.pol

Removing registry.pol file

Finally open Google Chrome and check the extensions list. The "Installed by enterprise policy" extension should now be removed.

"Installed by enterprise policy" Chrome extension removed

zardd

Works, finnaly remove adware, and i will change every password

Nythepegasus

I did. It eventually stopped installing itself after I searched in those directories. Sorry I didn't see this 3 months ago.

Brianna Watson

Please never call me anything that isn't "Brianna" or "Bri." I hate guys who think they can get away with calling all girls "cute" names. Its irritating.

jun kuang

Thank u so much

Ashif Babu

SAME PROBLEM SWEET :)

Yasithan

Thank you very much, it worked for me.

Kurt

Worked for me

Pradip Nevarekar

now i have got about 15 registries. so which one i have to delete for extention named "always weather"?
or deleting all registries will cause any damage to other file?

Pradip Nevarekar

i could not find the registry and "match whole string only" check box is also unchecked.
please give solution.

Prakash Divya

it says "unable to delete all specified value"

Brianna Watson

I HAVE NO FREAKING REGISTRY EDIT! AND I'M STUCK WITH THIS STUPID "ALWAYS WEATHER" APP THAT KEEPS GIVING ME AD POP-UPS! I CAN'T REMOVE IT AND THERE IS NO REGISTRY EDIT ON MY WINDOWS 10 COMPUTER!!! I JUST WANT THE GOD DANG FILE FOR THIS!!!!

Chris Trevelyan

I had an issue with some kind of "weather" Chrome extension that would not allow me to uninstall. Instead it said "Installed by enterprise policy". Fortunately yours was the first site I came across and it has worked perfectly.
Thanks

bluelust

Thank you. I finally got rid of the tabs 2 grid adware on my browser with this method.

Martim

TY

Saikat Das

it worked perfectly....thank you very much

JazzDude

You sir, are awesome... Thanks

Kenny Akinde

OMG thank you so much

Will

There is no way to change the registry on a chromebook, at least not that we know of. Please explain better.

keyce

Worked great! THanks! I tried many other instructions before yours to no avail. Got rid it that pesky History Open extension

Jubs

Remove from regedit, the archives about the extensions (finded at ..\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data), and execute command prompt as admin and try this:

Type:

rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"

Press Enter.

Type:

rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"

Press Enter.

Type:

gpupdate /force

Press Enter.

Idk what worked, so try it all ;)

Nick Ando

thank you so much!

Tomas Meskauskas

1) Open the Command Prompt by clicking the start menu button and typing "command prompt". Right click the "Command Prompt" result and select "Run as Administrator":

2) Execute the following commands:

rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"

rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"

gpupdate /force

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware.

Nick Ando

at first it was removed, but as soon as i start chrome again the extension gets added back! can anyone help?

Constandt W Van Wyk

I went through all the steps upto App Data\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions. There was however no entry to delete. I proceeded with the steps after this and when I checked the Extension was not removed. I uninstalled and reinstalled Google Chrome and the entry was missing.

Burak Özdemir

i got some extension without a name.
it just says its from the company and tha it cant be removed.
I removed the entry in the registry by searching for the ID
but the next step didnt work, as there was no folder with the name of the ID for that add. in my system32 folder there is also no GroupPolicy folder, only "GroupPolicyUser" but that folder was empty already.
I so basically, i removed the registry entry and thats it. I also ran adware cleaner, as well as the latetest version of malwarebyte (14 days premium atm) deleted lots of stuff, but some are still there, like this extension.
I want to get rid of it, can someone help me?

DK

Hey guys! (FOR MACOS)

I have had this problem over the last couple of weeks on my iMac,

There is a simple fix - you simply go to your profile settings on system preferences.

You will see an unsigned profile, you just press the minus icon to remove it, then reload chrome and you will be golden!

Hope this helps!

Trevor Curtis

were you able to eventually delete the plugin doing this? i have tried this but I may be doing something wrong

Sabannim

please which app did you uninstall in your control panel ?
i have same problem too. cookies control, but i cant find any suspicious app to uninstall.

Nythepegasus

I know this may be irrelevant now, but here goes any way..
ATTENTION TO MAC USERS:
If you cant remove the virus extension, check your System Preferences/Profiles. It may be there, and if not, go to '~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/' and search it's ID. Then delete all files. There may also be a '/scripts/' folder in your root directory, delete that. I found all this out, while trying to delete the demon extension... Hope this helps!

Haley

It was all succesful until I got to C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default and I can't find the "extensions" file. Could someone please help me?

Manish Rana

damn i installed windows 20 times and searched internet 3 f****** years for this solution....you are god man...i dont never know how to thank you bro...i installed every god damn anti virus and every damn malwarebytes too but this chrome extension "Installed by enterprise policy" never did go until today...i only can say now god will reward u bro tomas he will...

Manish Rana

u must close chrome and then follow instructions

Vinay Mohan Das

Thanks Tomas..this was really useful...

mukund

this is great I searched so many pages and installed so many useless malware removers. NOTHING worked. But your step by step process worked perfectly. Thanks a lot.

கரிவாலன்

kudos! it worked 100% for me for the extension 'Cookies control'

Rishabh Tiwari

Thanks for this, it works and saved from me from this malware.

Rishabh

Great job man posting this, was thinking off reinstalling chrome, but you just saved me from that malware. Thanks!!

bobby joe williams

The extension doesnt have an ID. What do I do?

Anh Nguyen

If you're still having the problem.
On the extensions page. At the top of the page, check the box "Developer Mode".
Good luck!

Anh Nguyen

years later, this still works. Thanks!

Maharram Khamoyev

Thank you veri match

mr me

Thanks for the Help!

مصطفي البوب

Thanks for explaining, help me solve this problem

quinn

im having similar problems with the same extension. this thing is a relentless monster.

Joel Clark

I have the extension "Cookies On-Off" installed and it doesn't show the ID

Algin Thomas

i am not unable to delete Untabs... i followed all steps u specified....but its still there in the extension,,, can anyone help me on that...

Daffa Zuhdii

WOW Thank's man..really helped a lot!!

Sebastian Vdw

This is really helping me get rid of the symptoms of a serious Rootkit I got trying to update some old hardware drivers. Thanks!!

Eoin Gough

This worked. My dad had installed untab and I managed to remove it. But unfortunately it was one of two problems.

Tunas

The person writing the article is male. xD