This post lists possible solutions to the “This setting is forced by your administrator” message in Chrome. When you get this message, all browser settings will be locked and you won’t be able to make any changes to Chrome, such as updating your password, changing your search engine, etc. Some users also get the message “This parameter is forced by an extension”.
What causes the “This parameter is enforced” error in Google Chrome?
Malicious registry key: Several affected users have confirmed that this problem can also be caused by a browser hijacker that installs a set of rules in the registry. In this case, the problem can be solved by removing the malicious policies through registry editors or by running a thorough scan with Malwarebytes.
Local policies related to Google Chrome: It turns out that local policies may also be responsible for Google Chrome refusing to change the default search engine with this particular error message. If this script applies, you can solve the problem by updating the policy using the extended command line.
Standalone conflict with Google Docs: This particular extension is one of the most common reasons that can cause this error message. As several affected users have confirmed, this extension can cause an error when a user tries to use other extensions to change the default search behavior. In this case, the problem can be solved by uninstalling or disabling the standalone Google Docs extension.
How to Repair the “This option is forced” error in Google Chrome?
Changing the policy via the command line
- Press the Windows key.
- Type cmd.
- Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
- When prompted, click Yes to continue.
- At the command prompt, type the following commands in order and press Enter to execute them:
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%System32GroupPolicyUsers”
RD /S /Q “%WinDir%System32GroupPolicy
- Close the command line after successfully running the commands.
- Restart Google Chrome and check if the error This parameter is forced by the extension/your administrator.
Disabling standalone Google Docs extension
- Start Google Chrome.
- Click on the menu icon (three horizontal bars).
- Select Tools, then click on Extensions.
- This will list all the Chrome extensions installed for the browser.
- Find the standalone Google Docs extension and disable it with the toggle switch.
- Restart Google Chrome and see if the error is fixed.
- If the error persists, uninstall the standalone Google Docs extension.
- To remove the extension, open the Extensions option.
- Under Google Docs Offline, click the Remove button.
- Restart Google Chrome and see if the problem has improved.
Remove the policy in the registry editor
- Press Windows + R to open Run.
- Type Regedit and click OK to open the registry editor.
- If UAC prompts you for administrator privileges, click Yes to continue.
- In the registry editor, navigate to the following location:
- You can also copy and paste the above path into the registry editor.
- In the right pane, highlight the values that look suspicious.
- Right-click on the values and select Delete.
- After deleting all the suspicious values, close the registry editor.
- Restart Google Chrome and check if the error has been fixed.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Download Chrome Policy Remover for Mac.
- Close all open Chrome windows.
- Unzip the file you just downloaded.
- Double click on "chrome-policy-remove-and-remove-profile-mac".
- Now restart Chrome and the problem should be solved.
- Use the command line to reset Chrome policies to default settings.
- Remove malware from Windows.
- Use Malwarebytes Free to remove adware "This setting was entered by your administrator".
- Insert the following code - RD /S /Q "%WinDir%System32GroupPolicyUsers" RD /S /Q "%WinDir%System32GroupPolicy" gpupdate /force.
- After a few seconds, you will see the following: the update of the user policy was successfully completed.
- Now you can change the search engine as you wish.
- Open the login screen and press "Windows logo" + "R" to open the Run dialog box.
- Type netplwiz and press Enter.
- Uncheck the box - Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.
- The 'Set New Password' dialog box appears.