Antivirus software never stops troubling Firefox users, particularly Avast. Like Chrome, depending on the version you use, expect Firefox to show “Your browser is being managed by your organization” or “Your organization has disabled the ability to change some options” message in Settings if you’ve installed security software.
FYI, the first message is currently being displayed in Nightly, and the second is showed in Firefox 67 stable version. This can happen if external software such as Antivirus set policies for Firefox browser, luckily the message can be removed.
If you’ve installed Avast antivirus on your computer, Settings page informs your organization placed restrictions on you to not to change settings. If your PC does not belong to any organization and you’re the only single user using it, then that may annoy you, rightly so.
Visiting about:policies from browser address bar reveals all policies set by user or external software for Firefox browser. Here, in this case, you’ll notice “ImportEnterpriseRoots” policy being using and its value set to true.
Navigating to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Policies/Mozilla/Firefox/Certificates also shows ImportEnterpriseRoots” Dword enabled by Avast.
In about:config you can find pref “security.enterprise_roots enabled” value as “locked“.
Remove “Your browser is being managed by your organization” message in Firefox
1. Open the registry editor
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicies
3. Select and delete “Mozilla” parent key present below Microsoft on the left side
3. Restart the Firefox browser and visit Settings, you’ll no longer see the message.
Note: Uninstalling Avast removes the policy only, but the key will be left in Registry, and notice will still be shown in the Firefox browser, it is mandatory to remove Mozilla registry key we mentioned above to see the message go away.
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Filed Under: Firefox, Troubleshooting Tagged With: Avast, mozilla
June 6, 2019 at 4:34 am
Or you could just leave as is as you have 100% control over Firefox’s Settings despite this policy
June 21, 2019 at 5:08 am
Not true, Alan. With this policy I could not change the “check that Firefox is the default browser” or “Restore tabs on restart”, and probably more. I didn’t look farther before trying to find a way to disable it.
June 8, 2019 at 7:55 pm
But are there other effects from deleting that key? Is that key related to Avast scanning incoming web info and protecting us?
July 13, 2019 at 11:49 pm
I have it, and it IS restricting Firefox from saving passwords, although I don’t have Avast but AVG.
July 16, 2019 at 12:10 am
I tried as you suggested but it did not work. What else should I do?
July 26, 2019 at 11:19 am
after removing the “Mozilla” entry, the message disappeared, but next Avast Root Scan showed that 6 zip files were corrupted. All six files belonged to the folder: C:UsershavewalaAppDataLocalMozillaFirefoxProfiles7unwmhp8.default-1563937777892startupCachestartupCache.8.little|>
October 28, 2019 at 12:04 am
Simply removing this message is fine, but it’s just removing a message. I understand having to remove the HKEY as well. I’m using Avast free. Is there another alternative that does not exert such control on Firefox?