Security Certificate Error While Opening Web-sites

by Rohit Khurana on September 8, 2008

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Trouble:

A friend called me few days back and told me that he is getting “Security Certificate” Warnings while opening web-sites. Mostly when he opens some secure sites like online banking etc. There are three main reasons for such errors. In this post we will talk about the such errors, how they look on different browsers and how to fix them.

 

The Security Certificate Warning looks like as shown below for IE, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Click to enlarge the images.

Microsoft IE- There is a problem with this web site  Security Certificate

Mozilla Firefox – Secure Connection Failed

Google Chrome – The server’s Security Certificate is not yet valid

 

Security Certificate error in IE

 

Secure Connection failed in Mozilla Firefox

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Security Certificate not valid error in google chrome

Lets see the reasons for such errors and what to do in such case.

Fix:

The main reasons for such errors are:

  1. Your Computer’s date is set to a wrong value
  2. The Security Certificate has really expired
  3. The web-site is not trustable

Most common reason for such security certificate error is that the certificates are valid for a certain period of time, and if your computer’s date is set to other than the current date or correct date, there are high chances that you will get this warning. So the first thing to check when you receive such error is to check your computer’s date and time settings. If the date time keep re-setting again and again, then see this post on CMOS battery problem.

 

Now when you have set the date settings, you will most probably not see the this error again. But if you see the Security Certificate error, then either the certificate of the website has really expired as it had to be renewed from time to time, or the site is not trustable.

TIP: Never ever put your important login id or password on such pages if you see the Security certificate error.

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{ 282 comments… read them below or add one }

Shantanu Goel September 12, 2008 at 10:48 am

Actually the term used in this article “Security Certificate” warning is too generic, because there can be other types of errors\warnings related to security certificates as well. One of the most prominent ones being when a site is using a certificate belonging to some other site, leading the browser to believe that the site is not trustable, but it is indeed trustable. A common example here would be gmail.com that uses a certificate belogning to google.com. So, in these cases there is no quick fix but one has to apply any factual knowledge or common sense to see whether it is ok to accept the certificate or not.

Joe December 15, 2008 at 10:43 am

Great information. I had forgotten that I’d been changing the system date for some software trials and hadn’t changed it back. Low and behold, my wife just called and said the computer wasn’t working. An hour later I found out what the problem was, found this post and fixed it. Good stuff, thanks!

Philemon January 13, 2009 at 1:50 am

Thanks for your reason i asked about (There is a problem with this web site Security Certificate) real appreciate the date of my computer was wrong setting peace men wherever you are in whaterver you do one love

Thanks I am appreciate your reason.

Kamal February 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Thanks a lot Abhi. I was really struggling a lot due to this continuously coming errors on each page…. When I saw your post, the reason I got was due to the older date on my pc for my problem.

Really thank you my friend.

Warm regards,
Kamal

Googleeyes February 8, 2009 at 4:20 am

Fantastic – my date was changed – we have several of these errors at work also. so i will trouble shoot them as well.

Cheers

Lior Aviram February 24, 2009 at 6:52 am

Hey, Kaspersky products (KAV and KIS) can cause this sometimes…You need to disable the “Encrypted Connection” checking under “Traffic Monitoring”…Works

Njdeh March 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Really thank you my friend ,It was from my computer date.
Njdeh

Rai-mon Nemar March 8, 2009 at 12:03 am

I really had to say thanks. I thought i was going to have to take my computer back because of this error then did just a little searching and came here. Now my life is better. Ok so it didn’t fix my life but it feels like it. thanks you’re the reason the interweb is better then newspapers. :-)

Daisy April 3, 2009 at 6:52 am

WOW this is genius

Thank u

Saqib April 15, 2009 at 7:51 am

Thanks a million Lior Aviram. I had tried everything but nothing worked. But then I saw your comment.

Ravindran April 19, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Oh, it is great and I have learned the trouble shooter

Keep it up, excellecnt tool to avoid the certifcate error.

vikas sharma April 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Oh this is really amazing my girl friend was really in trouble she told me that she is facing some certificate error when opening any website on her PC then i saw that amazing solution and i told her she applied that and after that her pc is perfect she is really thankful to me and i always be thalkful to u.

strr May 6, 2009 at 7:50 am

Thank you so much!!!! I just spent 3 hours on ms support website chasing my tail trying to figure out why I haven’t been able to log into messenger, and all websites were diplaying this error. Found your site and fixed on about 10 seconds!!!!

syed May 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm

thks.

Sude May 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

Thanks So much 4 this info! it helped ALOT, Thank you!

Kate May 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm

This is FABULOUS — just helped my 60-year-old mother figure out how to change her date and time so that her gmail would work again. They had a power outage yesterday, which caused the date to go back to 2002. Thank you!!!

Lilit May 25, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Hello,
yes your advice was helpful. But I’ve got a question related certificate error message, when it keeps telling you to accept it, although I’ve done it many times. My BIOS is alright. Just don’t have an appropriate certificate for the web-site.

So now, do you know if I could change it, that I won’t have to “add an exception” all the time. Maybe I have to make changes somewhere in the settings?

Thanks in advance!

Lilit May 25, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Hello,
yes your advice was helpful. But I’ve got a question related certificate error message, when it keeps telling you to accept it, although I’ve done it many times. My BIOS is alright. Just don’t have an appropriate certificate for the web-site.

So now, do you know if I could change it, that I won’t have to “add an exception” all the time. Maybe I have to make changes somewhere in the settings?

Thanks in advance!
PS I’m using IE 8

Don May 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Thanks for your help, issue resolved

araklong June 5, 2009 at 10:43 pm

thank you very much from thailand

Master Chief June 21, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Wow, My time and date was set to August 9th, 1998 5:00 am in the morning. HAHA! Thank you sooo much!

mike July 1, 2009 at 4:16 am

Also, sometimes this error can happen when the “www” is omitted from the url. Try adding a www if it is missing.

ashi July 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm

i changed the battery, set the time, checked the validity of the certificate still gatting the massage. any solution plz.

ichigo July 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm

errmm hi^^, i keep getting this certificate error thing evreytime i try to sign in my youtube account and its getting really annoying i have fixed my date nd time my time is set correct my date is set correct and even my timezone is set correct some1 help meeee plase ^_^
i even cleard all my cookies….so yah someone help me please

joanne July 17, 2009 at 2:22 am

My mate told me to google this problem and i clicked on this link, and you are a dead set legend, i reset the time, and its all fixed.
Cheers Mate….

Drew July 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Thanks very much! You just solved a problem that has perplexed us for a couple of weeks!

Ghufran August 1, 2009 at 9:25 am

Thank you my friend your information made life easy for me. I have been suffering from the same problem for about a week and now it is solved, I just checked the date and it was incorrect. Thank you again and keep the good work up

Be Blessed.. :)

ar salah August 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm

realy its very useful data, thanks alot it reable ,regards

tan August 15, 2009 at 6:11 am

Thanks for the help. My computer was one month ahead of time causing me to have problems with itunes downloads.

Brian Golden August 19, 2009 at 3:07 am

Simple thing – wrong date – but I tried loads of things and a few websites before your answer just directed me to correct it

Thanks very much.

ashvinder September 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

thanks…………. actually the time had changed.thanks a lot

Bryan Pepper October 17, 2009 at 10:36 pm

My son’s computer had a security certificate problem when using Google. The site was displayed in Dutch and when you would click on the link to sign-in, you’d get the security certificate warning (like the ones shown above). This happened in Opera, Firefox and IE. I used Spybot Search & Destroy which found a “Windows.Fraud” malware with 111 entries. But it wouldn’t remove this malware and gave an access error listing C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. I went to this subfolder and deleted the file “hosts”. Then when I opened the browser and Google opened in English and I was able to click the link to sign-in. This worked in all 3 of the browsers. I re-ran Spybot and no malware was found.

I’m pleased with my saavy computer chops for fixing this. But I can’t explained what was amiss. Perhaps someone out there can.

Cheers,

Bryan
Chicago, IL

Chaarliie October 19, 2009 at 6:16 am

Thankyou!

I had been trying to sort this out for a while and i could never sort it.

My date was in 2008′ instead of 09′ xD

Thankyou so much :-)

kulvinder November 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Thanks buddy….

kIA November 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm

My date said 1/28/03 You are awesome, Thanks!

Michelle November 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

omgggg thnx man!! been fuckin goin crzy kallin mad ppl && your shyt helpd! -much love

KB December 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Thank you — inadvertantly reset my date last night while planning a schedule for 2010, without knowing the impact the reset would have on my security certificate expirations. I was sure I had been hacked, phished, defrauded, etc. After running my security software a couple of times, found your site via “security certificate error”, found the problem as you described. Don’t have to buy a new laptop yet, don’t have to slit my wrists. Feel a little bit more knowledgeable, though still pretty dumb. Looks like I’ve got a lot of company. Thanks again.

Nagaraju December 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Thank you so much..Good post.

CACTUS December 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Thankx a lot…Gr8 work and gr8 info….

Joan January 2, 2010 at 7:21 am

Awesome! I was worried it was something scary in my computer. Just the date. Total quick fix! Thanks!

Hylung January 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

Well Thanks a lot. I was not able to open website cos of date problems and your suggestion solved my problems. Keep it up

jimmy January 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Thankyou so much. I’ve had so many problems with this and it was the date all along. It’s 2010, but my computor was set to 2007. My wife can now spend again!!

Mr. Yuk January 11, 2010 at 12:43 am

there’s more than just 3 possibilities.
my mom got that Additional Guard Virus on her computer and now she can’t access google (automatically redirects to Google Canada which is kind of a pain) and the gmail certificate’s are expired.
according to all scans i’ve gotten rid of the malware but some of the problems it caused still persist. like the certificates and her computer’s apparent love of maple leaves and hockey.

mitch February 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

my computer had an certificate error when im log in to my facebook,, i cannot log in can you help me to fix it,, please thanks

cjez February 6, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Thanks a Lot!!!

Lior Aviram says,February 24th, 2009
Hey, Kaspersky products (KAV and KIS) can cause this sometimes…You need to disable the “Encrypted Connection” checking under “Traffic Monitoring”…Works

Emal Safi February 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Hi,

Thanks alot your information was really helpful, you are really great, i honestly appreciate your talent and kindness

Wonderful,

Many Thanks,

Emal

Cheryle February 12, 2010 at 7:15 am

My google certificate has actually expired and I constantly get pop ups stating that 443 uses an invalid certification with error code: sec_error_expired_issuer_certificate. My computer is set to the correct date and time. How can I either obtained an up-to-date goggle certificate or remove this error message?

Michelle February 16, 2010 at 1:41 am

Thanks so much for the help. I have done a number of searches trying to find the cause of this problem including Microsoft’s website and not until I came across yours was i able to fix it!

Ranjan February 17, 2010 at 5:30 am

This worked for me …amazing ..thank you.. I had to call HP and they told me to contact Microsoft..I was going round and round in loop. This post helped me ..thank you so much

Rashed March 3, 2010 at 7:49 am

Its really very nice. You people are doing really great job. Thanks a lot. I was getting very anger for this. But thanks to u. Hope you keep doing this good jobs.Take care

Fizi March 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Thanks a trillion times. You just made the problem solved. Great work. I appreciate. Love YOUUUUUUUUUUU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BEE March 30, 2010 at 8:57 am

I am trying to find another solution. My date and time is correct and the problem still persists. Lvair could you please explain your solution…..I cannot find the option you are talking about……I am using Vista.

hassan ibrahim April 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm

my computer had an certificate errorwhen ii loginmy yahoo mail canyou hep me to fix thanks

clair April 9, 2010 at 4:57 am

thank you so much for the step by step solution that you published here. i spent over an hour trying to figure out whats wrong with my internet explorer and it was a date problem. cheer!

Rob June 23, 2010 at 1:42 am

My date is right and two government websites that I visit always show an error. I ignore the issue because I need these websites to pay bills and such.

Lavanya July 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

Hi,
even i am suffering with the same problem which all u people faced.I am unable to open Gmail and orkut as its displaying the security certificate has expired.so can any one help me out.

unknown July 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm

thank u

joyful516 July 20, 2010 at 2:00 am

The date is not the issue for me. The certificate error started locking my access to my company sslvpn – I cannot find a solution. Tried adjusting firewall, certificate is accessible by other people just not me. I think it is something to do with WIE8 or W7 operating system. Any help would be much appreciated.

madhan July 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

pls check time first then do as i say friends
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
check weather any file is there with name host
delete that file
restart computer
it will work.

Ana Silva July 22, 2010 at 2:51 am

hey!
I got my pc formatted and didnt check the date (it was 22/07/2010). I installed Kaspersky anti-virus. Then I noticed the date was wrong, it should have been 21/07/2010.
So, when I put the right date the anti-virus gives me an error: “Incorrect activation date”.
What can I do to fix this?

Thank s for any help =)

yann July 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

yes yes yes!
I got no more access to: gmail, google earth, google search and google image. I was redirected to a fake google, bullshit search engines …click35.com ect, and bad certificates.

“C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. I went to this subfolder and deleted the file “hosts”. ”
solved everything for me,
Thanks

madhan July 24, 2010 at 10:40 pm

welcome .

Aditya Tandon July 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Thanks dude… Useful post…

Drobinson August 5, 2010 at 5:38 am

Wow, I spent over an hour trying to find the problem…..Thank you so much..it was my computer time, which was set at the year 2099. How that happen I have no clue but thanks again.

Angie August 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

Thank You! I’ve been having a hard time getting to all our usual websites since we moved & had to pull out the battery, in order for the computer to start. It was a real pain, & after trying it for most of the day, it’s finally working. All because of the stupid date!

L.W. August 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Thanks a bunch.
You saved my son from being loosing his computer privileges.
You were exactly right–it was the date. It was set to 2005.

melissa August 12, 2010 at 10:32 pm

fantastic advise wish i had looked here 5 hrs ago lol, Siuoer star, thankyou again.

izhen August 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm

it doesn’t work for me…
I’ve been trying to sign into hotmail for a week now and i still keep getting those messages. It’s not like hotmail’s not trustable right? and i don’t think that the certificate has expired. Help please?

Raja August 19, 2010 at 9:25 am

when i open this site its shown security error and blocks the contents an and later the complete site, the date in my machine is correct, pls advice me.

TRISH August 25, 2010 at 5:34 am

I CANNOT BRING UP MY GAMES OR FARM TOWN ON FACEBOOK. THE SECURITY WARNINGS KEEP COMING. I SET THE TIME ON THE CONTROL PANEL. HELP

hammu August 26, 2010 at 2:25 am

Thanks. it works.

mahavir singh chauhan September 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

my irctc.co.in web is not opening .showing error in web.

Stoud September 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm

thanks man, it really did work…

when perez September 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

thanks..it sure did work! :))

Philip September 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

This was so helpful, my mom’s computer wouldn’t go to any site. She, like most of us, pays bills online, but she couldn’t get to them b/c of the security certificates. The date was the problem, it was set for February 2001 not September 2010. I was racking my brain trying to figure it out, until I stumbled on this website and the help. I really appreciate it.

Thanks

Archie September 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Wow! That was really a great help. I didn’t expected that the system clock would be so bothersome if it is not correctly set. I even have resorted to installing another web browser just to have the same warning I’m getting from IE8. But now I can go to any website without the security certificate warning. Thank you for the help. I really needed that. :)

Hidayathull September 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Dear Boss,

Greetings.. this troubleshooter hint is very very excellent. Even if he is genious in IT, Small mistake make big problem.. I really appreciate for this hint…thanks a lott..

josh September 27, 2010 at 2:01 am

thank’s alot mate

Emma Lockheart September 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

Dear Goodness, You just saved me hours on this computer system. I needed to use it for class today and couldnt figure out it was just the time setting. Thanks!

Bala October 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thank you..

Tanya October 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I have the same problen clock time and date are correct , this invaild ceetifacte thing only appear on my hotmail sign, does not come up on any other site,Grrr Ihave no idea on PC either onl use it to do my NVQ ;(
Good to hear others problems have been sorted on here, i’m hoping

Tanya October 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

LOLL told you i dont know anyting about PC’s, message just gone up with the wrong time, its 8.45am, i shall ask a friend to change date for me Luck i found this site Thanksssssssssss xxxxx

shah khalid November 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

Yeah so far so good but the problem is, if one have already a correct date and time and still facing the problem like the renewal of certificate then how to cope with this problem. How to get renew the security certificates.

Thanks in advance.

raffuidu November 6, 2010 at 2:42 am

hello
the date and time of my computer is right.but still when i open any websites ,IE security is asking wheather to allow to open or not to allow.if i click allow same thing is asking me again and again.if i click dont allow same problem is arising again and again.pls can any body solve my problem

XxMrXAng3lxX November 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Hello there,
I have the same problem, maybe because of the date & time error that make me get this error… I’m using norton go back and it does not adjust the time~… Any others way to prevent the certificate error pop out?

Mustafa December 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm

seriously mate, thanks a billion for this, had this several times in several different places, so now i know.

once again thankyou

shah khalid December 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

Right click internet explorer and go to its properties. select “content” tab and see certificate. Do whatever it ask you to do. Like select certificate or publisher.

Second option is to double click internet explorer and when any internet page gets open, see “safety” tab on the marginal top right side of the page. where click security report.

Hope so you cope with this problem. Mostly problem get resolved simply clicking one of these options.

Even though if you have problems, email me.
shakhalid@hotmail.com

JSTOM December 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

After struggling with various ‘solutions’ for a month, I discovered from one website the reason why I was getting ‘Certificate error’ from a trusted website. All I had to do was to go to Controll Panel, Add remove programs, Windows components, and update root certificates and Voila! everything turned out OK!

rahul December 12, 2010 at 2:41 am

thanx alot that works for me
keep up the good work

shah khalid December 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

@JSTOM……… :-) hahaha good work.
Don’t mess with guys.

Arvind Neptune January 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

thanks for this solution. this solution is correct

scottsdale74 January 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Excellent information; correcting the date resolved the error message. Thank you!!

Jeff January 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

awesome thanks. date was wrong haha

danny January 10, 2011 at 11:37 am

i have another possible solution that helped me when, even after changing the date/time, i still had s.c. issues. i found the underlining problem somehow ended up being java script. perhaps uninstalling and reinstalling can fix it for you too.

Ross Terry January 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Worked a treat ! I must say I didnt expect a new computer running windows 7 to play up like that !

prahlad k January 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

o thanx a lot i really forgot to set my pc date n time . thanx a lot for a usefull information .

Orlando February 11, 2011 at 5:56 am

I helped a friend touble shoot such a problem and your information made it very simple to resolve. We knew that it was a trusted site and used it before (our bank amonst others) and checked the only other possibility – that of the clock. A technician had serviced the machine and somehow got the time setting wrong and we were not even aware that it had changed. Your information saved us a lot of time and frustration. MS help was no help at all. Their help information is not written by real users with real problems. It is based on wild assumtions that all else is correct reducing the value of the information they offer to zero for anything but the most basic problem and is genraly redundant.

Terri February 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

Oh, I feel like such a moron. Such a simple fix. I was going crazy trying to correct this problem and couldn’t figure it out for anything. Thanks a lot!

Rhonda March 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Thank you so much for this simple fix!! Yesterday, I walked away from my home computer while on a secured site. I didn’t get back to it before it timed out. Next thing I know, I’m getting the Security Certificate error on select websites. Called one number I had for MSN – they said it was a virus and for only $169 they could fix it. Called a different number this morning and they didn’t think it was a virus but would only cost $69. I didn’t want to give them my credit card number so told them I’d get fixed locally. Then I did a search – and thank God I found the answer! I did notice yesterday that the time had changed, if only I had just changed it then I wouldn’t have worried about it all night. Thanks again! I will keep this website on my list of important sites to use as a resource.

Rhonda March 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Thank you so much for this simple fix!! Yesterday, I walked away from my home computer while on a secured site. I didn’t get back to it before it timed out. Next thing I know, I’m getting the Security Certificate error on select websites. Called one number I had for MSN – they said it was a virus and for only $169 they could fix it. Called a different number this morning and they didn’t think it was a virus but would only cost $69. I didn’t want to give them my credit card number so told them I’d get fixed locally. Then I did a search – and thank God I found the answer! I did notice yesterday that the time had changed, if only I had just changed it then I wouldn’t have worried about it all night. Thanks again! I will keep this website on my list of important sites to use as a resource.

Abd Elmahmoud March 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Dear sir
I have something wrong in my computer when I open email it shows me a message like one at the friest ( There is a problem with this website security error and blocks ) please I would like to deleted this message.
Kind regards,,,,

jeetu March 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

thanks it worked i did not observe that my comp date was set as 2088
i mistook it for 2011

vikas March 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm

i cannot resolve security certification error in Google chorms please tell me as soon as possible

Sunil Kore March 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Good Support

Umer March 20, 2011 at 3:42 am

thanx dude…

Akhil March 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

thanks buddy…..actually i had this problem wid all websites including google and gmail….my date and time was set to 1988 and 10 pm.i changed it and everythings ok….thanku very much!

Darrell April 4, 2011 at 5:56 am

This error pops up quit bit when I try to login to Facebook, my fix is close the browser and unplug the router and push the reset button. It’s a very annoying problem and Facebook is the only site where I get this error.

jack April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

very very thanks …….

Student April 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thank you!!! fixed my computer and it was great!!!

surya April 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thanks dude…………I fixed my problem.Its with the date and time .I didn’t noticed it……….anyway thanks for helping

meenakshi April 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

thanks

yogesh patel May 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

thanks a lot dost, actaully m facing this error many times but if i change to correct my computer date and time, this error is resolve. really thanks

kidzee May 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm

heylu!
time and date is correct even the time zone!
but still i face the same freaking problem again and again. my old modem never had these problems but the new one has! cookies are ennabled, time and date is correct, but certificate problems are still there..please HELP ME!

gowrish May 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

hai, i have problem with my system when ever i start. there will be a massage “there is a problem with security certificate ” kindly help me to solve it

Diane May 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I really want to thank you. I’d have never thought of that being the problem.

yasinamini May 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

why I cant change picture on my profie

Ahmed May 17, 2011 at 2:09 am

thanks alot … t’was my computer date problem

Kalyan May 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

It’s fixed, thanks a lot!!!

LJ May 28, 2011 at 1:26 am

To work around this issue, install the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Windows SBS) self-signed certificate on the client computer.
To do this, follow these steps:
In Windows Internet Explorer, click Continue to this website. A red Address Bar and a certificate warning appear.
Click the Certificate Error button to open the information window.
Click View Certificates, and then click Install Certificate.
On the warning message that appears, click Yes to install the certificate.

Got this from Mircosoft Support website

Worked for me!

eslam May 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

thx very much

saadsmh June 2, 2011 at 12:15 am

thnx alots i gotten fixed mine problem

Dondon June 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

thnx it helps a lot..it fixed

Zia Malik June 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Thanx friends it was really due to wrong date setting…now i have fixed this problem

Steven Collier June 7, 2011 at 8:57 am

When I click on continue to website on my computer it wont let me continue when getting a certificate error

srinivas June 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

thnnq very much…..i can rectify my problem……now my system is working properly……………..

satish June 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

thanks for information

Sarmad June 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Lov3 u soooooo much……..problem resolved .thxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

karan June 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

when i open facebook.com then my browsers attenpts triuble to open and a secuirity certificate errors appears on my screen so plzz tell me how i use facebook .com

Steffan Boodhoo June 19, 2011 at 7:46 am

It was pretti helpful :D jizz in my pants lol

Richie June 22, 2011 at 4:10 am

Thank you for this!

mahmood June 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

thanks dear …………………….. i was fed up thanks dear

Shah Rukh Khan June 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Thanks For your help, GOD Bless you.

Porsha July 4, 2011 at 5:07 am

I know Iam like years late, but, this advice was extremely helpful, coming from someone who has stressed over this for so long….. Thank You ; )

Dinesh July 4, 2011 at 8:26 am

Thanks a lot.

Louis July 5, 2011 at 12:11 am

Thanks for the posting. My date was incorrectly set.

jeff July 11, 2011 at 2:51 am

awesome! my date was incorrect!

John July 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

Thanks a lot my date was set wrong

Hemant Juyal from New Delhi India July 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

hiiiiiii, and thanks for sharing , we had this problem after reading ur suggestion now there is no proble of certificate erros. actully in my pc Cmos nt working so time nt up to dated……i never thought abt this reason, great thanks sir……

vanessa July 25, 2011 at 12:19 am

Thanks a Million….. it was the date… You’re the BEST!!!!!!!

Tracy July 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Thank you!!!! I had thought it was a problem with my Norton antivirus and even their support people didn’t get it right! It seemed like such a simple thing and I didn’t think for one minute that my date and time was wrong, but low and behold, it was set at November 2006! Have no idea how that happened!!!! Thank you!

Roberto August 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

I would have never figured this out. I tried everything but it turns out that my date is wrong. Thank you!

annette mangahas August 5, 2011 at 7:30 am

thanks so much for the help.i was able to log in already :)

dhananjoy mullick August 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

hi my name is dhananjoy mullick and i was really getting pissed off for the last 2 days as i was repeatedly getting security certificate errors while i was trying to surf some of the sites by using internet explorer , mozilla firefox and chrome . I couldnt find a way out . Suddenly while exploring the net i caught hold of your bolg which really helped me a lot to resolve my issue. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and you are really a genius and tech savvy …. if you get my post please do reply to my post and i will be very grateful to you …

REGARDS,
DHANANJOY MULLICK.

waqar August 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

thanks it solved my problem

jkirtan August 10, 2011 at 12:53 am

thank you so much! I had it set to the wrong date. I searched everywhere and finally I found you on Google.

ron ron August 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm

thanks.. it helped me so much :D

Akshay August 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

thanks.there was the problm of time and date

darvy August 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm

ahm sir i just want to try to change my pc’s date but there are some error says that ” you dont have the proper privilage level to change the SYSTEM TIME. What should i do?
please help me sir. hope you can help me and others that encountering this kind of problem. thanks :]

annie August 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

The trick worked like a charm. I was heating up my head yesterday for 2 hours to solve the certificate error on one client’s computer.

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!

Vanessa August 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Thank you!!!! You have been very helpful.

Ritesh August 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Not working guys..with the solution given. maybe bcoz of the site. I am not able to login into my companys website

archit August 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

thanks this helped me in many ways love you all………………………………………….//////////////

Iggy August 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

Thank you so much!!!

Rasmi Ranjan Nayak August 31, 2011 at 10:27 am

Exvcellent……..I had date problem…. Excellent Solution

HARMINDER SINGH September 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

This is most helpful for me ………….thanks ………it is very helpful for owr type of peoples ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,once again thanks

amanjot September 4, 2011 at 8:26 am

THANKS BRO …….. for helping me out……….. i have this problem wiyh my facebook page ……. and you know that how big this problem is………. again thanks

Manoj Gole September 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm

certificate 201 appear however date has been set up as current date but problem not solved

sree September 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

thanks best solution tips…my eroor mesasge gone when my time and date corrected…good tip..thanks thanks..

Pradnya J. September 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Hey thanks a lot , its really a usefull information .. thank u soo much ..

TAMIL SELVAN September 8, 2011 at 12:37 am

thanks date and time chenge all cleard

Christine September 12, 2011 at 5:11 am

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate this post. The errors were coming up on every website like Yahoo and Hotmail. Awesome info. Thanks and take care!

JARROD BURGESS September 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS THREAD!! You saved my life!!

zeni September 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

thank u so much 4 dis kind help.
my error message gone when i corrected my date.
THANX alot………………………………

sandeep September 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thank you very much for help me out here…

Christy September 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

THANK YOU!!!!

Sawkat September 25, 2011 at 1:29 am

Thanks for help.
Its actually 100% working

Anish September 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

Thanks Really!

Fathy September 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Thanks a lot, so simple so easy

usham September 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

thanks yar!

dineshthiyagarajan October 2, 2011 at 8:36 am

thanks a lot………………………!

varun October 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

thanks guys!!

david October 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

i was struggling with my client pc with windows xp and google chrome. chrome not opening https pages. I was changing lots of setting installed latest IE. finally find out the STUPID DATE WAS CHANGED by some one. once i changed back it worked great. Learned a lesson now. Always check system Date. Thanks a lot.

Prakash October 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I would have never figured this out. I tried everything but it turns out that my date is wrong. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

luqas October 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

10x for the time info it solved my problem

ritesh October 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

thanx………

karthik October 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

Thank u dude ………

norma October 17, 2011 at 6:02 am

thank u so much, had been working most of day on way compter wouldnt do what wanted, thanks for the advice about time and date, some how mine had gone ten years into the future. thanks again

Bethe October 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Yesterday I spent hours on this problem. I was unable to log into ANY webpage that required you to sign in, in fact, the sign-in page would not come up at all. I re-set the date, but that didn’t work, and wasn’t off anyway. Then I discovered the same problem on another computer in our house. One lovely person (I think it was on this site, but I lost track of the many I consulted) suggested disconnecting the modem/wi-fi, waiting then re-connecting. Such a simple thing, but it WORKED! I am eternally grateful, and sending happy thoughts in your direction :)

bharat October 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

sir thank u so much for your help

Dan October 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

Thanks for sharing this. This help me alots. :)

Vishal Pathk November 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Hey…. Thax a lot…! it really worked, i was facing this issue for quiet some time was not able to open gmail properly… bt ur suggestion changing the date really worked… thanx again.. bt can u pls tell me the logic behind this as why this is happening nd what re da things which we have to take care of means every time when we turn on system we have to check the date??? or something kind of this…

Vishal Pathak

keval trivedi November 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm

hi thanks …………………………its solved woooooooo/// keep it up…. i salute you from heart……

JEBISH November 5, 2011 at 7:20 am

SORRY I DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS MENTIONED AS AN ANSWER FOR THE CERTIFICATE PROBLEM PLEASE GIVE ME AN ELABRATE SOLUTION FOR THE PROBLEM IFACE WITH MY LAPTOP. IT SHOWS THIS MESSAGE THE CERTIFICATE PRESENTED BY THE WEBSITE HAS NOT YET VALIT OR EXPIRED. REALLY I AM IN A TROUBLE PLEASE HELP ME

Santi, Sandi November 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Very nice of you, thanks so much for your help to all of us, take care.

Azeem Khan November 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Thankxxx very Much ………………………..

Parth November 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Thanks.. this really worked and Solved my problem.. i was on Win7 and i formatted to Win XP Still the problem was the Same :( and i tried this thing and the Problem was the Date ! and Time ! :D

Will Thanks again and again,
Regards,
Wyk

Jamie November 21, 2011 at 8:05 am

Thank you so much for this info. I have been going nuts trying to figure out what it wrong with my computer. I logged on one day and everything was fine and then the next day it went nuts and everything I did a security warning come up. Now that I learn it was the date I do remember looking at the date on my computer for something and I must have accidentally changed it at that time. Thanks for the info. It has made my computer life less stressful! :)

sachin November 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

vry vry,,,thnx,,,my frnd,,,thnx,,,thnx,,,

Marine November 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

You just saved me $45.00. with an online tech. from superpages.
Free information to fix my computer error. There should be more like you online.
Thank you.
Semper Fi

Dianell December 7, 2011 at 6:46 am

This information was most helpful in fixing my certificate error problem. I was panicking with all of the computer hacking going on in cyber world. I am so glad that it was a simple fix. Thank you so much for your help, I am so relieved.

steve December 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

thanks

Simon December 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

Fantastic! My date was wrong for some reasons. You are the best mate! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Deep December 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

Hi,

Just to add to the above it is sometimes caused by the ISP server or the local server.

shahnawaz December 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Fantastic my date was changed – we have several of these errors at work also so i will trouble shoot them as well.

shahnawaz

biba December 24, 2011 at 4:40 am

Thanks a lot for this post. I thought a virus has taken over my computer. My time and date setting were wrong so that’s why I kept getting the security invalid warning. It’s working now. Thanks to you and your help.

cheers

sachin December 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

thanks i have a problem solved i good fill

Shashi December 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Hi
I was facing security certificate problems then i did share my problm with u nd Really thankx to u it’ amazing…

shashi

umer December 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

after recarch of my problem , I found that my laptop date was not correct…………..hahahahaha………………….THANK YOU soo much…………

UMER….

Imran December 26, 2011 at 1:59 am

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW this is very genius

Thank u
from
IMRAN HASAN

jk December 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Thanks a ton! Your tip really helped.

Nitin Khandelwal January 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

Thanks Abhishek. I thought that there was a major problem in my laptop but when I read your post I found out that it was the date that has been changed to 2020. Thank you so much :)

pzp1212 January 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Hey, so I just read all of your three tips on how to fixing it. My date and time is exactly the way it is suppose to be. In google chrome, I went to Twitter and it showed me that security certificate thingy. So I ignored it and went to the page lots of times. Then one day I got a message that says I cant go there anymore, it only says “Back” What do I do?

Derp January 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Thank you guys! I think my computer needs a new CMOS battery because I put it to the right date and time before, then it went back to thinking it’s 2006. Always wondered why I got those notices until now. :)

Endale January 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

It realy is an absolute solution. Change the time setting!

pankaj January 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm

thanx a lot……i just put the exact date n time 2 my computer…..n now there is no error…. god bless u abhisek. u r jus ausome. thanx

Mike House January 11, 2012 at 5:10 am

Thanks for the help, when it changed to 2012 my computer changed to 2099 and I have no idea why or how

amaninder January 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

oohhh .. thanks very much … that shooting is really good

sandeep January 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

you are very good.
i was so much irritated due to this error, u helped me thanx

TUBAL CAIN January 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Recently (last two months) getting a rash of Site Security Certificate not trusted on WIDOWS XP on both Internet Explorer 7 and Google Chrome as browsers. My clock and date are fine. I use Kaspersky internet security. Same happens on my other Computer running XP with Norton Security. Not all secure sites show this warning so WHY ?
Is this a latest problem with XP ?
Is there a fix out there ? Does Microsoft know or care? The websites including traders seem to think its the users problem and not theirs but could be losing trade. Seemingly they have no concern when their certificate is reported as ‘not trusted’

TUBAL CAIN January 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm

When I put this problem to Microsoft THE WANT TO CHARGE ME £31 for an answer to something that may be their problem

Neha January 18, 2012 at 2:26 am

Thanku my internet is working properly and i am not getting error msg

mysh January 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm

i have problem with my batteries so my time keeps on resetting. i got tired of changing them every time. so i give up. but now that problem on certificate bugs me off. what is my option? any help?

sirisha January 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thanks a lot. I fixed my problem. Its with date and time. Now it is working ….

Abid January 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

yes ,it is System date and time problem on my PC..i correct and fix it..
Thanks So much…

bbelanger January 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm

that was to easy… internet explorer should of known this

p.ronaldo February 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

set date correctlyy…install certificates

Lyle February 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Thanks a ton abhi. Sysdate was the culprit..

Adeel Sheikh February 16, 2012 at 12:10 am

Thanks alot……….. for sharing such help, atlast solved the problem after reading this article

ICDogg February 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm

no help for me, unfortunately. The date is consistent and the certificates are fine, but I get the error anyway.

Dr Acharya February 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

When I login to irctc.co.in from chrome on new toshiba laptop it shows warning “The site uses SSL, but Google Chrome has detected insecure content on the page. Be careful if you’re entering sensitive information on this page. Insecure content can provide a loophole for someone to change the look of the page.” with a lock and a yellow triangle over it.

When I login with another laptop of HCL there is no problem, green lock with full security is shown.

For both my chrome setting is similar.

How to solve this as I am afraid to book any tickets fromtoshiba laptop.

thirufxc February 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

thank you very..
superb serves

bhoomi bhardwaj February 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm

yes ,it is System date and time problem on my PC..i correct and fix it..
Thanks So much…

Josh February 23, 2012 at 4:14 am

What if:
A) The date is accurate
B) The site is trustable
C) The security certificate is up-to-date?
What then? I get security certificate errors at most websites and none of the above applies to my situation…

DUDUS February 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Thanx. to think Just a simple thing as time settings barred me from twitter for 2wks!!

remco February 29, 2012 at 8:58 am

such easy thing wich made me crazy for a long time.. few clicks and now finally it’s gone :)

gauri March 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

thanks issue solved

Anonymous March 2, 2012 at 4:21 am

Thanks! My date was wrong … 16 April 2014!

Chris March 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

thx alot. It was time problem and then solved

Ankit March 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Thanks a lot buddy….it really helped…
I was facing this issue for quite a time…my laptop date and time were set wrongly :)
Ur expert advice rely helped :)

ss March 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm

There is a problem with this web site Security Certificate

Javed March 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thanks a Lot….

Maira April 1, 2012 at 1:56 am

Hey my laptop’s date was changed so i chnged it. But even then I am not able to open any pics..there is a cross on every pic..can u please help me.

Regards,
Maira

James April 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

Thanks. I thought that somebody is intercepting in my network until I saw you article. My date is set to 2002 and not 2012 that is why I am getting the cert error.

Great fix. Thanks.

Suraj April 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thanx a lot for your simply and well defined solution !!!!!!!!!!

Akhil April 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

tanx

ja-C April 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

thanks alot……….

Deepali April 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Thankx a lot……..

Shaq April 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

Everyone reason 4 their problem was because of the date. But that isn’t the solution to my problem. Do anyone have other ideas that could help me rectify this situation? Thanks

mimi April 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm

My pc date was not set correctly and hence the security certificate errors. I was frantic trying to figure things out and even thought that there are virus in my pc. Speechlessly thankful.

regards,
mimi

Prlawson08 April 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

ummm…… this is happening to me for the google homepage, and my date is correct. I use google chrome, if any of you know what is going on please help me!

sabitha April 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I have such pblms only for face book. Wt can i do

Maureen April 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thanks alot, i was at this for hours trying to fix the problem and even fixed the time and day but failed to notice that it said 2008 and not 2012 lol and i did what you said and all fixed with a few minutes, thanks so much, now i can upload my pictures again.

kamal April 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

i got error in facebook wat i can do??? my certificate s nt vaild

vishal kakadiya May 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thanks……..

zeeshan May 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

danks dude..it really worked!!!

Brianna May 2, 2012 at 6:13 am

This helped me so much! Props to whoever wrote this. (:

Opeyemi May 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thank you so much. It really worked, i just changed the time settings on my computer and have my site opened.
Kudos to you.

Rahul May 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Thanks a lot, right information, it works

Nilesh Dapke May 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Thanks friend..i was really hanging out on that problems..problem was so small but i suffered a lot..
thank u very much..!!

gowthami May 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

recently i faced this kind of problem in my system….the info in this site is very helpful…thk u …..great!!!!

Mallesh G N May 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

THanks
Actually my system date was wrong of some previous date. I set it to todays date, then this blocked with certificate error has gone. Thanks a lot for the solution

SANDEEP SHARMA June 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

Thanks Man ………:)

Janica June 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

thanks alot buddy! now I just have to change the CMOS battery of my laptop because the date keeps re-setting again and again. you rock! :)

NAVKIRAT SINGH MAHAL June 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

thanks man, my issues resolved

Kara June 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

thank you so much!!! This all worked so well!!

Kiran June 10, 2012 at 2:16 am

Thank you very much…………it worked>>>

Maaz June 21, 2012 at 12:01 am

thnx a lot thank u very very much this thing really work ( i had the wrong computer date and time)

Ashish Verma July 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hi,

It really worked. Good job sir. I didn’t ever notice that my system’s date and time were running incorrect. After reading this article, i immediately fixed date and time and restarted the browser. Then it didn’t show any error. The certificate error was fixed successfully and now i can surf the net smoothly.

Thanks a lot.

Regards
Ashish

Ashish July 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

Thanks a lot..setting the date correctly solved the problem

pujith July 6, 2012 at 2:17 am

Thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

faisal July 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

nice my problem is solve thanks my friends

Manmath Nagnath Swami July 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

this is a currect solution. u r a great. yhanks my friend. this problem creat an a not set for the Date & Time. normaly problem. THANKS

raghuraman July 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I had despaired of using my tablet as I could not download anything due to problem with security certificate. I had almost thrown away my tablet as worthless. After seeing your solution I saw that my date was set to 9/1/1970!!!!!! After changing the date today I was able to solve my problem and use my tablet. People like u are needed to help out layment like me. thanx!!!!!!!!!!

venu July 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

Thank you Sooo much. After very very long time i turned on my old system, and it was throwing me certificate expired error… and i was going crazy…

updating machine’s time to current fixed everything…

aaa August 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

thnx buddy it works…..
cmos battery problem

hadis August 11, 2012 at 2:58 am

thank you so much

enggar August 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Thanks a lot! :D

ahsan August 24, 2012 at 6:19 am

absolutely there was a problem of date.
thanks

misagonist September 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm

wow so easy to fix.. how hard to think… thanks a lot!

Vinoth Paul David September 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

Thanks ver much :) Very Helpful

Ankit Patankar October 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

the web site gets open in htmal pages

sagar naik October 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

Lots of thanks to you for help me. my date was wrong

Shie November 29, 2012 at 5:13 am

Thank you very much, i only set the date and its works. no wi can open my FB.

once again thank you so much. :)

QC December 20, 2012 at 5:02 am

Merci !! Mon ordi n etais pas a la bonne heure lol

INGRID January 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

HALLELUJAH!!! the date was wrong after my netbook came back from a repair shop. changing the date FIXED the problem!!! it took me 1 week, multiple VIRUS SCANS AND CLEAN UPS until I found your website and read about the DATE – this made immediate sense to me! and it worked setting the date 2 year further ahead – hahahhahaha, none of the many computer geeks that I asked could solve the problem
THANK YOUUUUUUUUUU !!!

Abhiamanyu February 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Thanks :-)

Ikechhukwu February 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Yhank you very much Bro, my Date settings was wrong.

Malessia Rops February 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Wow nice information you are provided here. I am just looking for this I got the answer from here. You can’t understand everything is clear to me. Great provider.

Chris March 1, 2013 at 4:27 am

I use five different computers, three, two using XP and one using Vista work okay, but two others using XP and Chrome both refuse to pass any HTTPS sites. This clearly shows it is something to do with the Chrome not agreeing with something. Chrome also crashes Flash on all machines but Adobe says it is the settings, not all are the same so Adobe, in my opinion, have a system that has errors!

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