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In Windows OS, users can be blocked from making system changes or installing software’s. The administrator does this by creating user accounts which have limited permissions. This is done to keep operating system safe and prevent other user’s activity from creating problems.

The same can be done on Google Chrome. There are plenty of Apps in Google store that can be installed for variety of purpose. Extensions are used to make your work easy and increase productivity. But, some of these extensions are buggy and lead to chrome crashing. Another problem is misusing some of these extensions. For e.g., installing extensions for additive games and social networking sites. This can adversely affect productivity. The solution is block other users permission to install extensions.

How to block users from installing Chrome extensions

  1. Login to the other user account which needs to be blocked
  2. Open Google Chrome. Type chrome://version/ on the address bar
  3. Note the profile path for the particular user that needs to be blocked. In this example, the profile path is C:\ Users\ unni\ AppData\ Local\ Google\ Chrome\User Data\ Default
  4. Login to administrator user account
  5. Go to the user location profile path location C:\ Users\ unni\ AppData\ Local\ Google\ Chrome\User Data\ Default
  6. Right click on Extension folder
  7. Click Properties > Click Security
  8. Click on the user account that needs to be blocked. Then click Edit
  9. Click Deny under Full control (The check mark automatically gets checked for all other options under deny)
  10. Click Apply. Click OK.

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This step prevents the other user from installing any extensions in Google Chrome.

Hope following this method worked for you. Use comment to share your experience and feedback.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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