How to Fix Google Certificate Error

Jonny Lin, in Others Tags: Windows

Many Windows users are reporting that they have encountered a certificate error when they try to reach Google — Their web browser tells them the certificate of this website is not trusted.

This is an annoying issue. You cannot enter Google because of this error. And you are probably thinking anxiously how to get rid of this error.

But don’t worry, It is possible to fix this error. Here are three fixes you can try.

Method 1: Update the date and time on your computer
Method 2: Turn off the certificate revocation settings
Method 3: Reinstall your web browser

Method 1: Update the date and time on your computer

You can get a certificate error when the date and time on your computer are incorrect. To update the date and time:

1) Press Windows logo key and R on your keyboard at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “control” and press Enter on your keyboard.

3) Under View by, click Large icons.

4) Click Date and Time.

5) Click the Internet Time tab. Then click Change settings.

6) Make sure Synchronize with an Internet time server is checked. Then click Update now. After the time is updated, click OK.

* If an error occurs when you update your time, change to another time server and then update again.

7) Click OK.

8) Try reloading Google on your web browser and see if the certificate error disappears.

Method 2: Turn off the certificate revocation settings

You may get the certificate error if the certificate revocation settings are enabled on your computer. You can try turning them off and see if this resolves your problem. To do so:

1) Press Windows logo key and R on your keyboard at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “control” and press Enter on your keyboard.

3) Under View by, click Large icons.

4) Click Internet Options.

5) Click the Advanced tab. Then uncheck Check for publisher’s certificate revocation and Check for server certificate revocation. After that click OK.

6) Open your web browser and check if you can get access to Google.

Method 3: Reinstall your web browser

There may be problems with your web browser that lead to the certificate error. You can try reinstalling it with the latest version to fix this issue.

1) Press Windows logo key and R on your keyboard at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “control” and press Enter on your keyboard.

3) Under View by, click Large icons.

4) Click Programs and Features.

5) Right click your web browser and select Uninstall. Then follow the instructions of the dialog popping up to complete the uninstallation.

6) Go to the official website of the web browser. (You can use another computer to do so if you cannot enter the website.) Then download the latest version of the program and install it on your computer.

7) Open the browser and see if the certificate error is fixed.

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