How to Remove Managed Extensions (Google Chrome)?

Have you encounter a “managed” Google Chrome extension which is pinned on and can’t be disabled from Google Chrome? If this extension is an unwanted browser extension, how could you eliminate it from Google Chrome? This following article provides you a step-to-step instruction of managed Google Chrome extension. Read more.
 
This guide takes LyricsPal extension as an example. If you can’t remove LyricsPal extension from Chrome in a common way, please check whether LyricsPal is pinned on the Chrome by checking Developer mode in the Extension tab under tools.
 
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How to Remove Managed Extensions (Google Chrome)?

 

step 1

Remove suspicious program from control panel

 
Option 1 Remove LyricsPal adware from control panel manually
 
Windows 8
Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen.
Charms bar>Settings>Control Panel>Uninstall a program
Remove suspicious program (eg. LyricsPal adware).
 
Windows XP
Start>Settings>Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs>Programs and Features
Remove suspicious program (eg. LyricsPal adware).
 
Windows 7/Vista
Start>Control Panel>Uninstall a program/Programs and Features
Uninstall suspicious program (eg. LyricsPal adware).
 
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You can make full use of Anvi Uninstaller-a small free tool Anvi Uninstaller that is available in Cloud System Booster’s Toolbox to find and remove LyricsPal related program easily and quickly.
 
Anvi Uninstaller can help you find the programs installed on your computer conveniently and quickly. Through Anvi Uninstaller, users can quickly scan the recently installed programs and uninstall the unwanted programs conveniently as well as the registries related to the unwanted programs.
 
1 Download and install Anvi Uninstaller
 
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2 Scan out the installed programs.
 
Find and remove suspicious program (eg. LyricsPal adware).
 
Select the LyricsPal and other unknown programs, and click on Uninstall.
 
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step 2

Write down the ID of unwanted Extension (Eg. LyricsPal)

 
Wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen)> Tools>Extensions> check Developer Mode (top rid of Extension tab).
 
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Note: You should close Google Chrome before removinga managed Chrome extension.
 

step 3

Remove Registry Entries of the managed extension (Eg. LyricsPal)

 
1. Open Registry Editor
 
Windows XP users: Start>Run>Type “regedit” in the opened window.
 

 
Windows 7 users: Windows Logo (Start)>Type “regedit” in Search Programs and Files box>press Enter.
 

 
2. Remove Registry Entries of managed extension (Eg. LyricsPal)
 
In the opened Registry Editor: select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Policies>Google> Chrome>ExtensionInstallForcelist
 
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3 Remove the registry key with the managed extension’s ID (right click on the registry key and select “Delete”)
 
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step 4

Remove Files of unwanted managed Chrome extension (Eg. LyricsPal)

 
To remove unwanted managed Chrome extension completely, you should also remove related files after removing its registry entry.
My Computer>C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions.
 
Or Windows key (a key between ctrl and Alt)+R>typing %appdata%.
 
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Remove all directories named the same as the ID of the managed Chrome Extension.
 
Optional method-Remove manged Chrome extension using Anvi Slim Toolbar
 
Anvi Slim Toolbar is designed to protect and repair browsers including IE, Firefox and Chrome from malicious toolbars. Users are easily captured by useless or even malicious toolbars and add-ons while installing freeware or shareware. This nice program can keep your internet browsers safe and healthy and help you conveniently and quickly remove unwanted add-on/toolbar/extension/plugin installed on. In addition, it also can repair the changed homepages and search engines of browsers including IE, Firefox and Chrome back to their default homepages and search engines. Anvi Slim Toolbar deserves your own.
 
1 Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar.
 
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2 Launch the Anvi Slim Toolbar and click on the second Manage tab to scan the extensions and toolbars on the browsers.
 
3 Select LyricsPal related extensions on the browsers including IE, Firefox and Chrome and hit Remove.
 
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Tips for Cleaning residing files, invalid registry entries and junk files using Cloud System Booster

 
After removing LyricsPal extensions, there are invalid registry entries as well as any leftovers left in the computer. These junks files will slow down the computer or leave hide danger in your computer. It is highly recommended that you get rid of the junks files using Cloud System Booster—a computer cleaner initially designed to clean and optimize your computer by throwing out junk data on disk, registry, and more unneeded Windows files. If you have any question, please feel free to get in touch for help.
 
1. Download and install Cloud System Booster.
 
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2. Run the Cloud System Booster.
 
Click on the Boost button on the main screen to run a full scan, and hit clean button to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc.
 

 

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17 thoughts on “How to Remove Managed Extensions (Google Chrome)?

  1. I am trying to remove pinned extension watchitnnoads, i copied the id down but using windows 7 under regedit under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Policies>Google>Chrome>ExtensionInstallForcelist

    after getting to the google folder there was no chrome subfolder, only and update subfolder. watchinnoads is still pinned to extensions…help?

    thanks,

    • Hi Adam,

      If you get Google Chrome more than version 28, the above tips will not help you solve your problem. Please try following steps.

      1. Open Google Chrome, goes to chrome://policy/, then in the Policies
      window click on Show Value.

      Then you can see below there’s a path on your computer pointing to an
      extension update file.

      It is very important find the folder with the ID of the unwanted extension
      and delete it. Otherwise, it can reinstall itself.

      2. Unwanted extension’s files are stored in Chrome’s default extensions
      folder as well. (Which was already deleted as you wrote in your previous email).

      3. Finally, navigate to C:WindowsSystem32GroupPolicyMachine
      (alternatively C:WindowsSystem32GroupPolicyUser).

      Look for Registry.pol or other .pol files that reference the extension ID.
      To do so, simply open the file with Notepad. If it’s the file you are looking
      for, delete it.

      Hope this work to solve your problem.

  2. Hi Ivy,

    I followed the steps you mentioned, deteled the folder corresponding the id, and found registry.pol file in the location you mentioned, yet the extension is still displayed at extensions. How can i get rid of that?

    • Hi Robin,

      Is the enable button still grey? By the way, please make sure the extension has been removed from your windows control panel in order to remove it from your Google Chrome.

  3. Hello i got a huge problem because i got some blocktheapp extension that annoys me to death because of all the apps its raping my chrome with… i have tried ”control panel>uninstall a program” and it doesnt exist there. I have tried a program like anvi uninstaller called ”cloud system booster” it didnt work either and now i tried ”regedit” method but it didnt work either actually none of my extension were there under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Policies>Google>Chrome>ExtensionInstallForcelist 🙁 so any other ideas for removing my extension? 🙂

    • lease check your Google Chrome web browser version. If you have Google Chrome more than vesion 28.

      So, could you please try following steps?

      1. Open Google Chrome, goes to chrome://policy/, then in the Policies window click on Show Value.

      Then you can see below there’s a path on your computer pointing to an extension update file.

      It is very important find the folder with the ID of the unwanted extension and delete it. Otherwise, it can reinstall itself.

      2. Unwanted extension’s files are stored in Chrome’s default extensions folder as well. (Which was already deleted as you wrote in your previous email).

      3. Finally, navigate to C:WindowsSystem32GroupPolicyMachine (alternatively C:WindowsSystem32GroupPolicyUser).

      Look for Registry.pol or other .pol files that reference the extension ID. To do so, simply open the file with Notepad. If it’s the file you are looking for, delete it.

      • Thank you for your answer i tried step 1 but it was a dead end, the show value didnt really help me at all, it showed this:
        mpebgjmeeejgkmjgkmkadedhfflefpge;file:///C:/ProgramData/mpebgjmeeejgkmjgkmkadedhfflefpge/update.xml

        Maybe im not an IT nerd and cant read it but i tried looking for a folder named programData, but there doesnt exist one in my computer

        Step 3: i found the grouppolicy folder but it was empty :(((

        • Hi Sam,

          Does the extension appears on your Google Chrome and greyed out to disable you to remove it delete it?

          • That’s weird. I am sorry could you please let me know how did you get blocktheapp extension on your Google Chrome? I will try to download it and see how can remove it completely.

          • Thank you Ivy for all your help i really appreciate it :). but i can’t really remember how I got it, all i remember is that i downloaded something that restartet my google chrome then all my extension were deleted and thus BlocekTheeAAdAAppp appeared :/

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