05: How to remove the PolicyPak Browser Router Agent from the list of available Web Browser handlers under Default Apps in Windows 10

If you decide not to use PolicyPak Browser Router in your environment and your environment does not have any PolicyPak Browser Router (PPBR) policies enabled, you may still notice that you see the PPBR Agent as an available option under “Settings > Default Apps > Web Browser”.

If you would like to remove the PPBR agent from this list please see the steps under the two scenarios below, and follow the steps in the scenario relevant to your environment.

SCENARIO 1: You have never used PolicyPak Browser Router and there are no PPBR policies enabled in your environment:

You can remove the PPBR Agent from this list by unlicensing the PolicyPak Browser Router component and removing the PPBR Agent entry from the list of default Web Browsers utilizing the steps below.

  1. Add a new policy under PolicyPak > Administrative Templates Manager:

  1. Next, at the “New Admin Templates Entry” screen select “Administrative Templates > Admin Templates (ADMX files) > PolicyPak > Browser Router > Prevent PPBR component from being licensed” then click “Add” to create the policy.

  1. Next set the policy as enabled, and click OK.

  1. Next create a new policy item under Group Policy Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry that will delete the following registry key. 

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\PPBRAgent.exe]

Note: You can add this policy to your existing unlicense PPBR policy instead of creating a new policy if so desired.

  1. Next set the GPO (or GPOs) containing these two policy items to apply to the OU or Domain level as needed (i.e. wherever your affected computers or users happen to live).
  2. Then login to one of these computers where the PPBR Agent is still present as a choice under “Settings > Default Apps > Web Browser”, open CMD then run GPUPDATE.
  3. Once GPUDATE is successful, log off of the computer and then log back in.
  4. Now check under “Settings > Default Apps > Web Browser” and the option to select the PPBR Agent should no longer be present.

SCENARIO 2: You HAVE used PolicyPak Browser Router (either currently or sometime in the past) but no longer wish to, AND currently have no PPBR policies enabled in your environment:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 above from Scenario 1 then continue with the steps below.
  2. Add a new GPPrefs Policy item to one of your existing GPOs above or create a new GPO using Group Policy Preferences > Windows Settings > Files to delete the following file:

“C:\ProgramData\PolicyPak\Common\ppFileAssociations.xml”

  1. Next set the GPO (or GPOs) containing these three policy items to apply to the OU or Domain level as needed (i.e. wherever your affected computers or users happen to live).

For Example:

  1. Then login to one of these computers where the PPBR Agent is still present as a choice under Settings > Default Apps > Web Browser, open CMD then run GPUPDATE.
  2. Once GPUDATE is successful, log off of the computer and then log back in.
  3. Now check under Settings > Default Apps > Web Browser and the option to select the PPBR Agent should no longer be present.

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