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About Google Chrome's Managed by your Organization entry

Google Chrome users who run a recent version of the web browser, Chrome 73 or newer, may have spotted a new entry in Chrome's main menu called "Managed by your Organization".

The entry is added to the bottom of the main menu and a click leads to a support page on Google's Chromebook website that provides basic information about managed Chromebooks or Chrome browsers.

chrome managed by your organization

If policies are set that affect Chrome on a device, the "Managed by your organization" entry is displayed in the menu; this can be the case for machines or browsers in Enterprise work environments. There are, however, situations, where policies are not set by the user or an administrator and the message is still displayed.

The most likely explanation for that is that an extension has set a policy in Chrome when it was installed.

Is your Chrome browser managed?

chrome policies

The very first thing you may want to do to analysis the issue is to open chrome://policy/ in the browser's address bar to see if policies are listed.

If you see at least one policy, Google Chrome will display the Managed by your organization entry in the menu.

Chrome lists all policies that apply to the browser when you load the internal page. Chrome displays "No policies set" if no policies affect the web browser.

chrome management

You may also want to load Chrome://management to find out if the browser is managed by an administrator. If you see "Your device is not managed by an administrator", then it is not managed by one. Policies can still be set and affect Chrome.

How to deal with the issue?

chrome-hide managed by organization

You have a couple of options to deal with the new managed menu entry in Chrome. One option that may be at your disposal is to remove any policy that affects Chrome.

The option may not be practicable in work environments, but if you use Chrome at home, you may reset policies and remove extensions to do so.

A better option is to hide the new menu entry in Chrome. Google added a new flag to Chrome's experimental page that you may set to hide the menu entry.

  1. Load chrome://flags/#show-managed-ui in the browser's address bar.
  2. Set the Show managed UI for managed users flag to Disabled.
  3. Restart Chrome.

Doing so should hide the "Managed by your organization" entry in Chrome's menu.

Google published a Chrome policy remover program for Windows that you may run to remove policies that affect the browser.

Now You: Was "Managed by your organization" displayed in your version of Chrome? (via Techdows)

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  1. Boris Winebrand said on April 4, 2019 at 7:37 am
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    Thanks for the news!
    what is the blue tier extension in your browser?

    thank you!

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 4, 2019 at 7:41 am
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      1. Boris Winebrand said on April 4, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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        thank you!

    2. Rebecca Smith said on April 6, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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      This just happened to me, there is an active ‘policy’ called ExtensionInstallBlacklist and it has a policy value, which means it’s active. I don’t know where it came from and only understand that it is related to blacklisting or blocking ‘certain’ extensions, and that you might have to ‘whitelist’ extensions to stop it from happening. I also know I don’t want it there. It seems like something a hacker, malware or some extension could exploit.

  2. Allwynd said on April 4, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    This happened to me on Firefox on Windows 7 out of the blue, whereas I was the administrator and I called all the shots, I couldn’t fix it by creating a new administrator account on Windows either. Surprisingly, it only affected Firefox, as Chrome was still doing OK.

    The only thing that fixed it was a complete Windows reinstall.

  3. Anonymous said on April 4, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    Looks like Distill, I think. Supposed to be a water droplet if I recall correctly; I guess a tear drop looks about the same though.

  4. Davin said on April 4, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    I noticed this shown on Chrome on my Windows 10 PC at home and wondered why it is showing this

  5. Anonymous said on April 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    After you run SpywareBlaster this message pops up.

  6. Dino said on April 5, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    Thank you so much! But does hiding/disabling it completely solve the problem? Will it continue to affect my Macbook pro operations in anyway?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 5, 2019 at 9:07 am
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      The option hides the entry but it does not change anything related to policies that are set. You need to investigate, using the policies page, to find out which policies are in effect so that you may deal with them.

      1. Rebecca Smith said on April 6, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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        I know which policy is in effect, but I can’t find ANY information on ‘how to deal with it’ or where it came from!

  7. Peter said on April 7, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    I have multiple Chrome profiles setup: a personal profile linked to my Gmail address, a GSuite business account for which I am the administrator, and two more GSuite Business profiles on which I am a user. The policies listed on chrome://policy vary depending on which profile I’m using, but the “Managed by your organization” menu item appears on all of them.

    My personal profile lists “Policy: ExtensionInstallSources / Applies to: Machine / Level: Mandatory.”

    I suppose this means that a GSuite admin can set machine wide policies that will apply to other profiles on the same machine?

  8. Jason said on April 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    The policies are stored in these registry keys on Windows:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome

    If you’re a home user and want to get rid of the policies you can probably delete these registry keys and see if they return. If they do they are likely set by a current extension.

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