“Extension installed by enterprise policy”

If all of your browsers (even the most common ones – Chrome/ Explorer/ Firefox) have recently been under the “attack” of various online ads:  pop-ups, banners and new tabs that may seem out of control, then your problem is called “Extension installed by enterprise policy” – an ad-displaying program, a member of the Adware software  category.

What to expect when your PC has been contaminated by programs like “Extension installed by enterprise policy”?

As it has been pointed out earlier, “Extension installed by enterprise policy” is an Adware-type program. Following the logic coming from this fact, we can assume that you should expect lots of online ads (without your official and concrete consent given) to be generated, which might slightly annoy you and interrupt your entire online experience. The number of those pop-ups and banners could be so big that your device might become significantly slower, which may annoy you even more. It is also possible, though unlikely, that some of the broadcast pop-ups, banners and tabs could result in some redirections to perhaps suspicious pages with quite a shady content. Briefly speaking, these are the probable irritations you may experience because of an infection caused by “Extension installed by enterprise policy”.

Why does this Adware produce so many ads?

Actually, the reason is quite logical: Adware is a term that embraces all ad-generating programs ever developed, which have the single purpose to advertise products, software, various companies and services. This kind of software is the cyber equivalent of the irritating ads broadcast in the middle of a very interesting film on TV, for example. Another essential reason for creating such ad-broadcasting software is the fact that every developer, just as any other living person, has to make some money to maintain their activities and lifestyle. Given also the fact that there are a lot of vendors and producers that are interested in promoting whatever they sell online, it is understandable what motivates programmers to create such software. Simple as that – the creators of those ad-producing programs are paid according to the number of the displayed and sometimes clicked-on advertisements.

Distribution of Adware:

If you are wondering about the possible ways “Extension installed by enterprise policy” could spread, the most common method is by mixing such programs with other software versions, and thus creating ‘bundles’ that are later on distributed for free. Also, “Extension installed by enterprise policy” may infect your PC via torrents, infected websites, spam letters inside your email (and their attachments). However, software bundles remain the basic source of this cyber annoyance.

Is there a reason to assume that programs based on Adware are malicious?

To our delight, there is no reason for the classification of “Extension installed by enterprise policy” or any other version of Adware as malware. All virus programs belong to the group of malicious software because to their evil activities. When it comes to “Extension installed by enterprise policy”, no really terrifying actions could come from it – such a program doesn’t cause any file encryption, it can’t help any virus sneak into your computer secretly. Adware doesn’t explore weaknesses and spy on your account credentials, activities and everyday life through your PC. Such ad-generating programs can only get on your nerves until you get them removed from your device.

Still, you may not remember installing such a program because:

Perhaps because “Extension installed by enterprise policy” has made its way onto your computer from a bundle and you have made the usual mistake of installing the entire content of this bundle without reviewing it. This could take place when you proceed with the wrong installation feature at the time of installing a given piece of software. These undesired options are often called brief / quick / automatic / default. They are known to incorporate the entire bundle into your system. If you need to try/ use a particular product from an exact software combo, however, you prefer to skip the part with the disturbing ads, you have to go with an installation feature that allows you to opt out of the unwanted programs. Normally, such an option is the customized one. Logically, by using it you will be able to customize the installation process as you wish. Indeed, this option may even spare you many bigger issues related to serious threats such as Trojan and Ransomware-caused contaminations.

Some prevention secrets:

Prevention is not a very complicated process.However, it needs to be a constantly ongoing one. The first step is to always proceed with an installation in the manner we have discussed above. Another important step is to provide your PC with an advanced anti-malware tool and you will get warned in case of any security/safety breaches. And, finally, in case of an ongoing contamination, use the Removal Guide at the end of this page.



Name “Extension installed by enterprise policy”
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

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About the author

Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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