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Google Chrome is not working, why? MNeidig 3/18/10 3:48 AM
After using Google Chrome for months, I tried to open it up to this dreaded message:

"This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact the system administrator."

I am using Vista, and I am the system administrator.

I am unsure what version of Chrome I am using.

I have tried several solutions, all of which have not worked.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling. The first time or two, it worked to at least open up the page as per the installation process, but additional applications could not be launched, earning me the same restriction error. Now, when an installation is finished, it will not even open up this page.

I have tried using Regedit, I have tried typing "C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\2.0.172.33\Installer" to no avail. An error is returned saying that there is no such location on my computer.

When I look into my Program Files after an installation, I do not see Google Chrome in the Google folders. Is it even being saved to the right location?

I hate Internet Explorer. I hate that this is happening out of what seems to be nowhere.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? wár17 § 3/18/10 8:10 AM
Create new Chrome profile. The location is hidden, so you have to unhide hidden files to see it.

Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? dwight.stegall 3/18/10 9:21 AM
Here is an easier way.

How To Make A New Chrome Profile

Do the following but don't waste a lot of time installing bookmarks, passwords, themes, or extensions until you are sure this will fix your problem.

Open the Bookmark Manager CTRL+SHIFT+B > Tools > Export bookmarks to your desktop. After you make your new profile import the bookmarks back into Chrome.

Right-click on the shortcut you click on to open Chrome and click on Properties. Add "-enable-udd-profiles" without the quotes to the Target: in the Shrortcut Tab (make certain you leave a space between what's already in the Target: box and -enable-udd-profiles) click OK to save it and close Chrome. Reopen it and press CTRL+M to create a new Chrome profile. This will make a new shortcut on your desktop to this new profile. After you are finished setting up the new profile delete the old shortcut to your original profile.

When you enter your new profile open the Bookmarks Manager CTRL+SIFT+B > Tools Tab > Import Bookmarks. You will have to reinstall all of your extension if you had any. All of your passwords will be gone too. Open Notepad and go back to your old profile and type them into Notepad. Go to these sites and sign in to save the usernames and passwords in Chrome's new profile. Save that Notepad file in case this happens again. As you sign up for new sites add the username and password to that Notepad file for safe-keeping.

Do not do the following right now or you will be perpetuating the problem. Backing up a corrupted profile and restoring Chrome with it will not get rid of your problem.

After you get your new profile set up and the extensions, bookmarks, and passwords reestablished use this app to backup your Chrome profile. Back it up occasionally to prevent losing so much next time. http://www.parhelia-tools.com/products/gcb/googlechrome.aspx I have only used this with 32-bit Vista Operating System. It may or may not work with Windows 7 or 64-bit. All you can do is try it and see if it does.

Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? MNeidig 3/18/10 10:41 AM
>>Open the Bookmark Manager CTRL+SHIFT+B > Tools > Export bookmarks to your desktop.

I cannot open Chrome, so I cannot access the Bookmark Manager.

>>Reopen it and press CTRL+M to create a new Chrome profile.

Cannot open Google Chrome... I added "-enable-udd-profiles", but if I cannot even open Google Chrome after I enter this into the Target: box, then this information does me no good.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? wár17 § 3/18/10 10:48 AM
MNleidig,

You need to create a new profile accounting to instructions that I posted earlier. You will lose your bookmarks, but you will be able to open Chrome again.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? MNeidig 3/18/10 10:57 AM
I was unable to find the any folder called "User Data". I have hidden files shown.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? wár17 § 3/18/10 11:33 AM
MNeidig, how did try to find User Data folder?  It is located in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\

If you search for the folder, you need to search in hidden folders.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? MNeidig 3/18/10 11:42 AM
I tried searching for the file the way I was told to in the first link you gave me, by going to the Start menu and using Run.

The search did bring up results, but there are no "User Data" folders. Instead, there are:

Application

Application (94)

Application (277)

There is nothing more in the folder.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? wár17 § 3/18/10 12:20 PM
Did you type in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\

with %

How did you unhide hidden folders?

You can go to Start > Search. Check search in hidden folders.  Look for user data
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? MNeidig 3/18/10 12:26 PM
Yes, I did. I said the search was completed, not that the search didn't happen at all.

The Start > Search found a User Data, but it's not in the Google Chrome folder.

I'm going to uninstall and reinstall again, and try the search once more.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? MNeidig 3/18/10 12:28 PM
The uninstall and reinstall is complete. The installer bar appeared, and fully loaded, and then nothing.

The browser didn't even so much as automatically open after the download was completed.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? MNeidig 3/18/10 12:34 PM
I am not convinced I will find my answer here, if not for the shoddy advice, for the fact that Google Chrome is not the only affected browers. This is happening to Mozilla Firefox, and the Opera browser I downloaded not five minutes ago.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? wár17 § 3/18/10 12:44 PM
If you are having trouble with all browser, it is likely your antivirus program or a virus itself is causing the problem.

Temporarily turn off firewall and antivirus programs one by one and test.

Run antivirus and antispyware scanners on your computer.
Re: Google Chrome is not working, why? RickT10 3/21/10 1:50 PM
Found a solution! Check out the FIrefox forum, its covers the same problem..
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/forum/1/554474#issue-status-err

Its a virus issue I believe. Stops certain broswers from loading. Firefox and chrome in my case.. chrome only in your case i suppose.

Essentially:

1. Open Regedit.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun
3. In my case, I saw three keys in there named 1, 2, and 3. The values for these keys were "opera.exe", "chrome.exe", and "firefox.exe". Deleting these three keys fixed the problem for me.