Could not initialize the browser’s security component

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Great day to all!

While I was browsing the internet using Mozilla Firefox, it stopped and gave me an error message: Could not initialize the browser’s security component. I pasted below the whole content of the error message.

Alert Could not initialize the browser’s security component. The most likely cause is problems with files in your browser’s profile directory. Please check that this directory has no read/write  restrictions and your hard disks is not full or close to full. It is recommended that you exit the browser and fix the problem. If you continue to use this browser session, you might see incorrect browser behavior when accessing security features

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Could not initialize the browser’s security component. The most likely cause is problems with

Files in your browser’s profile directory. Please check that this directory has no read/write

Restrictions and your hard disks is not full or close to full. It is recommended that you exit the

Browser and fix the problem. If you continue to use this browser session, you might see

Incorrect browser behavior when accessing security features.

As I read the error message, lots of headaches were given to me. It is because I am not a technical person to understand the error. I also found nothing when I searched the internet for similar error. That is why I tried to post this issue here on techyv, hoping to get some ideas on my problem. Thanks for reading my post.

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Best Answer by Virus kid
Answered By 0 points N/A #124814

Could not initialize the browser’s security component

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Here explains the causes of this error message in Firefox.

‘ERROR MESSAGE’

‘Could not initialize the browser's security component. The most likely cause is problems with files in your browser's profile directory. Please check that this directory has no readwrite restrictions and your hard disk is not full or close to full. It is recommended that you exit the browser and fix the problem. If you continue to use this browser session, you might see incorrect browser behavior when accessing security features.’

The causes are the following.

  1. Corrupted file is present;
  2. New profile;
  3. File permissions are set improperly;
  4. Hard disk space is not enough;
  1. Corrupted file

    • In Profile folder, cert8.db file is corrupted. So when exit Firefox, delete this cert8.db file.
    • Click menu ‘Firefox’ and cert8.db file
    • Choose ’Delete’.
    • Restart.
  2. New Profile

    • Open ‘Profile’ folder.
    • Click menu ‘Firefox’ and ‘Help’.
    • Choose ‘Troubleshooting Information’. The tab will be opened.
    • Go ‘Application Basics’ section and choose ‘Open Containing Folder’.
  3. File permissions

    • In profile folder, you shall examine the file permissions and that file of cert8.db shall not be set read-only.
    • Click-right on file cert8.db.
    • Select ‘Properties’ and tab ‘General’.
    • See if ‘Read-only’ box is un-clicked and enter OK.
    • Restart.
  4. Check your The free space on the hard drive could be checked by following method. Follow these steps.

    • Choose ‘My Computer’ and click ‘Drive C:’ and ‘Properties’.
    • A dialog will appears. Choose tab ‘General’.

If free space available is less than 1 MB, extra space is needed.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #124816

Could not initialize the browser’s security component

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Martyables,

Your problem here is very easy to be solved, as long as the system has specified the errors incurred. The main thing you need to do in this case is to check the memory of your hard disk and the registry or the 'directory' as it has been noted. As you can see, in this case, the most likely error is the space in your hard drive. You will need to reduce the memory of your local disk by using these steps;

i) Go to 'Start' button and click on it.

ii) Go to 'My computer and click on it to open.

iii) Go to the drive 'Local disk: C'.

iv) Right click on it and select 'properties'.

v) In the 'General' tab reduce the memory.

Check for file permissions in the Firefox profile folder using the following steps;

i) In the Firefox window, click on the Firefox menu, go to Help menu, (Win XP, click on the Help menu) and select 'Troubleshooting Information'. The tab will open.

ii) Under 'Application Basics' click on 'Open containing folder'. A window with your profile files will open.

iii) At the top of Firefox window, click on 'Firefox' button. ('File' menu in Win XP) and click 'Exit'.

iv) Right click on the file named 'cert8.DB'.

v) Click on 'Properties'. A dialog box will appear.

vi) Go to 'General' tab.

vii) Make sure the 'Read only' checkbox is checked.

viii) Finally, click on 'Ok'.

You need to restart Firefox.

This should solve the error.

Thanks.

Answered By 0 points N/A #196057

Could not initialize the browser’s security component

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The error is because the file permissions are incorrect.
There are multiple solutions to resolve this error.
Solution 1: Change the file permissions
1) Click 'Firefox' button, go to the 'Help' menu
2) Under the 'Basic applications' section, click 'Show folder'
3) Right click on the file 'cert8.db'
4) Choose 'Properties', a dialog box will open
5) In the 'General' tab, ensure that the 'read only' checkbox in unchecked
6) Click 'OK'

Solution 2: Insufficient hard drive space
1) Click 'Start', Select 'My Computer'
2) Right click on the C drive
3) Select 'Properties', go to 'General' tab
4) Check for the free space, if it is less than 1 MB make some space for the files

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