"This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled" (Google Chrome) - how to remove?
When we clean and repair our Google Chrome web browser, there is a chance that we can not disable or remove some unknown extensions which may be installed or bundled with malicious programs. This kind of extension is managed. Your computer may be put in great danger if you don’t remove it. But how do do that? This post will show you a simple guide by taking Solid Savings extension as a example , if you have any questions do not be hesitate to let us know.
How to Remove a Managed Google Chrome extension
STEP 1 Check your Google Chrome extensions:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".
Here's an example of a managed Google Chrome extension (it's greyed out and users can't disable or remove it):
STEP 2 Uninstall suspicious program from computer.
Go to your Control Panel on your computer, find the recently installed or any suspicious and unfamiliar programs. You may remove those browser extensions by uninstalling programs from computer.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" then "Uninstall a Program" Look for recently added software, right click to Uninstall it.
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 right click to Uninstall it.
STEP 3 Check your Chrome Extensions again
After those softwares have been uninstalled, check your browsers again. If the Solid Savings extension is still here continue to follow this post.
First you need to write-down the ID of the unwanted managed extension you will need that in the further removal steps, to check the ID of an extension - Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions", select "Developer Mode".
STEP 4 Remove registry entries of Solid Savings extension
After closing Google Chrome you will have to remove the registry entries of the managed extension:
In Windows XP - Click Start, Run. In the opened window type "regedit".
In Windows 7 - Click Windows Logo (Start), in the "Search Programs and Files" field type "regedit" and press Enter.
In the opened Registry Editor select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then select SOFTWARE:
When in SOFTWARE directory select "Policies", "Google", "Chrome" and "ExtensionInstallForcelist":
STEP 5 Remove the Solid Savings extensions' registry key
Delete the registry key which has a same data value as the ID of the managed extension.
STEP 6 Remove Solid Savings extensions' files
After the registry entry of the managed Chrome extension has been removed, you must delete it's related files too. Go to "My Computer"-- "C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions". Remove the ID of the managed Chrome Extension related directory.
Now you can open your Chrome again then this extensions can be removed or it is already been removed.