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Lock Chrome Browser Extensions Down to Hardened State

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Hello,

I have an elderly relative who I have installed Chrome for on a Windows 8 and Windows 7 box. Every few weeks I get a complaint that the web browser is not working. I go in, and there are a dozen or so Chrome extensions that have been installed; all of which are nuisances for redirecting search, shopping, etc. None are needed. I go through, uncheck all of them to disable them, and all is well for another few weeks.

Is there any way to lock down Chrome through a registry or other setting such that extensions are impossible to be installed? I don't just want to make it hard - I want it impossible. Even if there were an "are you sure" prompt, this relative would click through it and install it.

I want this relative to have a vanilla version of Chrome each time it is opened. Any extensions should be automatically blocked, with no option given to allow or enable them. A hardened version of Chrome, essentially, that is elderly-proof.

Thoughts?

Thanks,
Joseph
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Well it gets a little complicated.  First you need Chrome for business so you can have admin controls:

https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/business/browser/admin/

Then you can use the admin console to block all addons:

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/1375694?hl=en

I don't think there is a way to apply admin level controls without going the Chrome for Business route.

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