Today I encountered an irritating Google Chrome search hijack which wasn’t removable via the usual methods. Attempting to remove the rogue search engine via the Chrome options menu simply produced a yellow bar at the top of the screen which read:
Some options are managed by your administrator.
Even completely uninstalling Chrome and removing the existing User Data folder under Chrome’s AppData directory didn’t fix the problem.
Shortly thereafter, however, I discovered another location where Chrome settings can be preset/mandated: the registry. Specifically, two locations:
The specific keys which needed deletion in this case were:
I had to remove them from both registry areas. But after this, the problem was gone.
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