Fix “Your browser is being managed by your organization”

Have you ever noticed a small, extra message that says “Managed by your organization” or “Your browser is being managed by your organization” in your browser’s settings page or the Menu pop-up? If you are curious about what this is, this article is all yours and has everything you need to know and do to get rid of this message from your browser.

“Your browser is being managed by your organization” What does this message mean on your browser?

In most cases, you will manage the internet browser and also own the system as the administrator. If your browser says that it is being managed by an organization, it refers to the fact that the browser’s settings configuration is being controlled by system policies.

Users have also reported a message “Your organization has disabled the ability to change some options.” Here, the Operating System (OS) is referred to as the organization. You may not be able to access or change a few settings on your browser, because your system prohibits you from doing so.

These issues are usually caused by suspicious third-party password management applications and antivirus security software programs installed on your system.

These can also be very annoying when they disable browser extensions or don’t let users install them, to the respective browsers.

This exact message has been reported to have shown up in well-known browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Apple’s Safari browser. 

A solution to the “Your browser is being managed by your organization” message on browsers

One of the most important reasons you see this message is because of a few Registry keys. When their values are present in the Windows Registry Editor, this gives Windows 10 control over the browsers.

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The only solution to the issues on all these browsers is to locate the necessary registry keys and the values of the system policies and delete them.

We recommend making a system restore point and a backup registry, to come back to a functional set of configurations if anything goes wrong.

Steps to take before removing the Registry keys and values

1. Setting a System Restore Point

A Restore Point is a small system checkpoint containing the configuration of a perfectly functioning Windows 10 based computer. If your system faces any unsolvable problems, you can jump back to the saved restore point.

These are your steps to make a System Restore Point for your computer:

  1. Launch the Control Panel on your computer. You’ll have to search for it in the search bar and open the first search result.
  2. In the Control Panel’s search bar, type in System Restore and select Create a restore point under the System section.
Create a restore point link in Control Panel window
  1. You’ll see the System Properties window appear. Go into the System Protection tab and click on the Create button.
The System Protection tab in System Properties window
  1. Allot a name to your restore point in the Create a restore point dialog box and press the Create button again.
The Create a Restore Point dialog box
  1. It will take some time to create a restore point on your system. Click Ok when done and then choose Close.

2. Backing up the registry

The values in the registry key can be backed up by exporting them as a copy, which can be imported in case of mishaps.

This is the procedure to back up a registry:

  1. Launch the Run tool by pressing Windows + R keys on your keyboard. 
  2. Type in regedit and execute this command by pressing the Enter key.
  3. In the Registry Editor, right-click on the Computer option on the left panel and select Export from the context menu.
Export option in Registry Editor
  1. Set a name and save location for the file.

This will be saved in the form of a .reg format file.

Launching the Registry Editor

The Windows Registry or the Registry Editor is a database for system settings, designed to accommodate the configurations and low-setting features in a ranked order. The Registry Editor plays a huge role in the removal of this annoying message from your browsers and is common for all the following methods to remove the managed by an organization error message on your web browser. 

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There are two ways to open the Registry Editor on a Windows OS-based computer. They are as follows-

  1. You can search for the Registry Editor in the search bar on your taskbar and open the best result.
  2. Open the Run tool and use the regedit command to bring up the Registry Editor window.
The Run utility with the command for Registry Editor (regedit)

Fixing the “Managed by your organization” issue

Before we get to fixing this, it is important that you might lose plugins and saved passwords. You may have to repeat these procedures if your password manager software reverts these changes.

Removing the “Managed by your organization” entry from Google Chrome

Method 1

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type in the following script.

chrome://flags/#show-managed-ui

  1. Locate the flag named Show managed UI for managed users and click on the downward-facing arrow menu.
Active Chrome policies page
  1. Select Disabled and restart the PC for the changes to be applied.

Method 2

  1. Open Chrome and open the Chrome policies page by typing in “chrome:policy” in the address bar.
  2. You’ll see a list of all the policies that manage the Chrome browser.
  3. Open the Registry Editor window and navigate to this location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome

The Chrome directory in Registry Editor
  1. Find all the same policies in this folder and delete them or strip them or their values.
  2. Restart your PC to save the changes you made. 

Use the same steps to get rid of the registry key values in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome also.

The Current User Chrome directory in the Registry Editor

After you delete the registry key values, the Chrome browser’s password manager will be launched again. You can disable this in the browser settings if you wish to.

Removing the “Managed by your organization” entry from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Firefox browser and click on the annoying message, which is a link.
  2. A new tab with the Enterprise Policies page opens and you will be able to see all the active policies, their names, and values.
  3. Typing in about:policies in the address bar will also take you to this destination.
Inactive Enterprise Policies page in Mozilla Firefox
  1. Launch the Registry Editor.
  2. Go to this directory:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Mozilla\Firefox

The Firefox directory in the Registry Editor
  1. Then, take a look at the Registry Entry’s type. If an active policy is named Certificates in Firefox, you’ll find the Certificates folder in the Mozilla folder in your Registry Editor.
  2. Delete the Registry key itself or remove its value to make it useless. 
  3. Restart your PC to save the changes. 

Removing the “Managed by your organization” entry from Microsoft Edge

  1. Launch the Edge browser and type in edge://policy in the address bar. Open this command.
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The Policies page in Microsoft Edge
  1. You’ll see a list of all the policies related to the Edge browser and their details.
  2. Open your Registry Editor and go to this directory:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

The Edge browser directory in Registry Editor
  1. Find a Registry value in this location, that has something to do with the Edge browser.
  2. Delete its value or the Registry key itself.
  3. Reboot your system and you will not be able to see the message.

You might find more similar registry keys for Edge in this location also:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you remove your browser is being managed by your organization?

If you see the managed by your organization message on your browser and wish to get rid of it, you have to find out which policies have been causing this message to appear for you, at first. Then, proceed to the respective browser’s policies in the Registry Editor and delete the registry key or its value. 

What does your browser is being managed by your organization?

If you see the managed by your organization message on your browser, it means that certain Registry key values in the computer, have acquired control over the browser. It is a feature that permits the computer’s admin to oversee browsers for those who use them, whilst being in the management of an organization. Other users will also be able to see them when there are unwanted registry values in the Registry Editor.

How do I get rid of managed by an organization in Chrome?

Windows users have can get rid of the managed by an organization message by finding out which registry key policies are responsible for these issues and deleting them. The active policies can be found in the chrome:policy page on Chrome. You, then, have to locate the policies’ registry key (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome) and delete it.

How do you check if Firefox is managed by your organization?

If your Firefox browser is being managed by an organization related to you, you will see a message that states so in the settings pop-up menu and the Firefox browser’s settings. You can also go to the about:policies#active page and take a look at the active policies and also the Registry Editor location for the Firefox browser has the active policies in the form of Registry keys and their respective values. 

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