Using GPO to uninstall or remove the Web Threat Shield from Microsoft Edge Chromium

  • 23 March 2020
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You can use GPO to remove or uninstall the Web Threat Shield (WTS) extension from Microsoft Edge Chromium in Windows domains.

Webroot has created this document to assist with using GPO to remove the WTS extension. It assumes that you have experience with GPO and it is recommended that you do before proceeding. For more information on GPO from Microsoft, click here.

Webroot Support does not troubleshoot GPO and will not be able to answer GPO related questions. If the Web Threat Shield itself is malfunctioning in any way, Webroot Support will be able to investigate and assist.

For more information on using GPO, click the topic below:

Using GPO to remove the WTS from Microsoft Edge Chromium

  1. Start the Group Policy Editor
    • To edit the policy for a single computer, open Local Computer Policy by entering gpedit.msc at the Start menu.
    • To edit the policy for a domain, start Group Policy Management on a domain controller.
  2. In the left pane of the policy editor, expand the tree structure and locate the setting Control which Extensions are installed silently in the Microsoft Edge section:
    • Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge > Extensions > Control which Extensions are installed silently
  3. In the right pane, click Control which extensions are installed silently to open the Settings page and select Disabled.
  4. The WTS extension should disappear after a browser restart.


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