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“Managed by your organization” message in Chrome, what does it mean?

I don’t belong to an organization, why does it appear?

As of Chrome 73, many users they see this message even though they don’t belong to any company or organization, so it may be because some of the applications installed on the PC have some policies related to the company. It shouldn’t be a cause for concern, but we can check our most recently installed apps and see if they are from a trusted source. There are rare situations where a malicious Chrome app or extension can cause this message to appear.

See what settings are being managed

In the event that we are not sure if someone else is in charge of managing our Chrome browser, we can verify it in the following way. We open the browser and click on the button with three points in the upper right corner. This will open a menu, where we must look at the bottom if the message appears Managed by your organization. If so, an administrator manages the Chrome configuration. We can also see this message in the history and About Chrome page.

If we click on the message, a new tab appears where we are told: «The administrator can modify the browser settings remotely. Activity on this device may also be managed outside of Chrome. More information”.

Chrome Settings

If we want to see the configurations that are being managed, we can write the following address in the address bar and press Enter:

Chrome://policy/

Chrome Policies

This will bring up a page where you can see the Chrome policies and the policies of the installed extensions.

Delete the message from Google Chrome

If we see the message Managed by your organization in Chrome and we want to eliminate them, we can do it in different ways.

Download Chrome Policy Remover

In order to eliminate this message we can download and run the Chrome policy remover. This is a simple batch file that contains commands to remove Chrome policies, restart Chome, and check the messages displayed in the menu. This file has been provided by a product expert on the Chrome Help Forum and has been marked as the recommended answer for the issue.

Disable the message from your flags page

Another option that we have available is to disable this option from your flags page. Try typing the following address in the Chrome address bar and pressing Enter:

chrome://flags

If we use a current version of Chrome we can locate the entry “Experimental QUIC protocol” and disable it.

Experimental QUIC protocol

In case we use old versions of Chrome we must locate the entry “Show managed UI for managed users” and disable it. This will cause the message to stop appearing.

disable extensions

Chrome has a wide catalog of add-ons much higher than other browsers, since it is estimated that only in the Chrome Web Store we can find more than 140 thousand extensions. These addons have been developed by third parties to provide the Google browser with new features. However, some malicious extensions they are able to bypass Chrome security to appear in the store and if we install it they can cause problems.

Remove extensions from Google Chrome

To remove the Managed by your organization message in Chrome, try disabling extensions that we have recently added or an extension that is not from a secure developer. To do this, click on the button with three points in the upper right corner, select More tools and click on Extensions. From here we disable the active extensions with the button in blue so that it appears in white.

Remove an unknown search engine

In general, the Google search engine is the default search engine of Chrome, but it is not the only option that we can select, since the browser has other engines as default such as Bing, Yahoo! and DuckDuckGo. However, some extensions take care of installing strange and little-known search engines

Those unknown search engines might be trying to manage Chrome. To remove any unknown search engine, we type in the address bar:

chrome://settings/search

chrome browser

On the new page that appears, we can see a search engine option in the address bar. By default it will be Google and if we click on the down arrow on the right side it will show us other available search engines.

If you see an unknown search engine, click “Manage search engines and site searches.”

chrome remove search engine

To do this, click on the three points found on the right side of each search engine and click Remove from the list.

Reset Chrome Settings

Another effective method to remove this annoying message is to reset Chrome settings. To do this, in the Chrome address bar we write:

Chrome://settings/reset

This will bring up the Chrome reset page. You will see «Restore original default settings«: click on it and then click on «Reset Settings».

Confirm reset settings Google Chrome

Doing this process will reset your home page, new tab page, search engine, pinned tabs, and all the customization you had done in Chrome. And, most importantly, it will also disable all extensions, including the one that Chrome manages. It will only delete temporary data such as cookies; so our bookmarks, history and saved passwords will not be deleted.

Remove Chrome registry key

Finally, the most advanced option to be able to remove the Managed by your organization message is to remove the Chrome registry key. To do this, press the “Windows + R” key combination and access the Run command. Here, we write regedit and press Enter.

Later we navigate to the following address:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Policies / Google / Chrome

Delete Chrome registry key

Here we right-click on Chrome and select Remove, so that in this way the registry key of the browser is deleted. Finally, we restart the PC and reopen Chrome to check if the problem has disappeared.

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