Allow unsandboxed plug-ins to directly access your computer

Through a feature called sandboxing, Chrome helps protect you by limiting how much access some plug-ins have to your system. However, some websites require plug-ins to have direct, unsandboxed access to do things like, stream purchased video or install additional software on your computer. In these cases, you might see a message indicating that a plug-in wants to access your computer. Learn more about Chrome sandboxing

In response to this request, you can take the following actions:

  • Allow: This grants the plug-in permission to bypass Chrome's sandbox and directly access your computer. You should only allow access on sites that you fully trust.
  • Deny: This keeps Chrome's sandbox intact and prevents the plug-in from directly accessing your computer.

Change plug-in access permissions

You can choose a different default permission setting and manage exceptions in Content settings.

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, click Content settings.
  5. In the "Unsandboxed plug-in access" section, select one of the following:
    • Allow all sites to use a plug-in to access your computer (not recommended). Select this option to let all unsandboxed plug-ins automatically access your computer.
    • Ask when a site wants to use a plug-in to access your computer (recommended). Select this option if you want Chrome to ask you for permission whenever an unsandboxed plug-in requests access to your computer.
    • Do not allow any sites to use a plug-in to access your computer. Select this option to automatically deny any unsandboxed plug-in requests to access your computer.

    Click Manage exceptions to remove previously-granted permissions for specific sites.

Learn more about plug-ins

Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator may set plug-in access settings for you, in which case you can't change them here. Learn about using a managed Chrome device

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