Google Chrome extensions that say “Installed by Enterprise Policy” do not let you uninstall them because they install with elevated permissions. If you’re part of an Enterprise or business, your administrator installed these. If you aren’t part of such an organization, here’s how to remove them.
What Does “Installed by Enterprise Policy” Mean?
When a Google Chrome extension says that it’s “Installed by Enterprise Policy,” “Installed by Your Administrator,” or “Managed by Your Organization,” all it means is that when the extension is installed, it was done so with elevated permissions and can’t be removed in the standard way. In most cases, anybody that’s part of an enterprise, business, school, workplace, etc., will have a system administrator who manages these types of settings and extensions on your machine.
Unfortunately, if you aren’t part of an enterprise, or don’t have an administrator who manages your computer, these extensions can find other ways onto your system and grant themselves elevated status.
You see, sometimes when you download free software from the internet, it can come with an added piece of bonus software that isn’t adequately disclosed (or technically was but in a misleading TOS) when running the installer—this is commonly known as adware or malware. The unwanted software embeds itself into your list of browser extensions, and you don’t realize it until Chrome redirects to some shady looking website or pops up annoying ads.
These extensions leverage a Chrome policy that’s intended for system administrators but sometimes exploited by malware, which gives it immunity from being removed from your browser via Google Chrome’s extensions page. To remove an extension “Installed by Enterprise Policy,” you need to find and delete the policy that this harmful extension added.
If you suspect the extension to be malicious, the first order of operation should be to run antimalware software to see if it can search and destroy the problem automatically for you. Otherwise, continue below and follow the steps listed.