Invalid or Expired Security Certificate?
Hi Dave. Maybe you can help me with this problem. Whenever I try to go on a site that requires secure log-in, eg. bank, ebay etc. I get a security warning pop-up saying there is a problem with the sites security certificate. It says "the security certificate has expired or is not yet valid" and gives me options to continue yes/no or view certificate. I am operating Windows ME and IE 6, all updated and I also run AVG free anti-virus and spybot regularly. I have searched the web for answers to this and also asked several PPL including my bank's IT helpline. I have done everything suggested but still get the warning!
After thinking about this for a while, I wasn't sure that I had any particularly great solution to propose. My standard response would be to check the security preferences of the Web browser and to try visiting one or more of the sites using a different browser like Firefox.
In a private dialog, however, I was pleased to hear that the chap who sent in this question figured out the problem on his own, and it's a beauty:
Dave, just so you know, I've figured out my problem with the expired or not yet valid security certificates: the date on my computer was set wrong and it thought I was years in the past! Once I fixed the date and time, all of these problems vanished.
This is a simple solution to a vexing problem and, as Sherlock Holmes shared with his colleague Dr. Watson, once you eliminate all other possibilities, what's left, however improbable, must be the solution.
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Reader Comments To Date: 415
Fantastic advice!! I had the problem but only on my netbook and I struggled for hours, expecting to have to go to the computer shop to solve the problem. All working well now. Many thanks.
i had a problem with the certificates but i worked after changing the date thanks very much.
The server's security certificate is not yet valid!
the above problems facing, but my system is not connected (yahoo mail) please rectify the above problems.
HI DAVE, I`VE JUST BEEN READING THE COMMENTS ABOUT VARIOUS INVALID SECURITY CERTIFICATES..UP UNTIL A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH AOL SIGN IN AND DID`NT THINK ABOUT TO SEE IF MY PC`S CLOCK WAS OUT OF ZINC...IT WAS AND NOW IT`S NOT SO THANKS FOR THAT..WHY MY CLOCK DECIDED TO GO CONTINENTAL AND 9 YEARS AGO IS A MYSTERY BUT IT`S FINE NOW SO THANKS AGAIN.
i wrote my certification exam since last and didnt download it until this year but when i tried using the certification id i was given i was told that it was invalid please i need an urgent attention regarding this situation on how best to salvage this situation because i need to download those certificates. PLEASE SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED ASAP.
OMG - this has been bugging me for a while now. I wondered why it said the cert wasn't valid till July. It turned out for what ever reason the date was had not updated - even though it was set to do so. Once I reset it (it thought it was June) all was fine. Since I don't show the date in the bar it never occurred to me it was wrong.
So, my gf had this problem and I found a solution to it online here. ....Dang Broads lol
Hey dave,Well on facebook i try to go on tinychat and it says "Not signed by a valid security certificate, and I Really Need My TinyChat report back ASAP
Thank you SO much! I couldn't figure out why all these messages were popping up telling me that the certificates were expired. (I got a good bit paranoid when I was logged into my Chase account and it happened!)I Googled "messages certificates expire" and clicked on this webpage. After I read it, I remembered that I'd checked the time and date a few days ago to see what day December 15th fell on. Apparently, I clicked the date and saved it. Thank you for saving me hours of time and worry. Much obliged! Kindest regards, Nan
Hi Dave -
My cousin's provider is Frontier. She is unable to get onto the web. Sometimes she gets a message that the security certificate is invalid. No one can seem to locate her problem. Even had a modem change. Can this security certificate thing keep her from getting onto the web? Thank you John S.
i need help in updating my yahoo browser
I have saved articles in the "Favorite Section" but when I go to retrieve an article i get this comment every time "Article not found or expired on Yahoo News." Do you know why this is happening? Your help in getting this matter solved would be greatly appreciated.
Brilliant, that solution has saved me hours of frustration!
I am so thankful that I'd read this article,, the result --it's solved my problem.. thank you..
Thank you so much. Have spent two frustrating days without access to email at critical time. It never would have occurred to either my husband or me to check the date. I found I was one day and one year off. Changed the date and voila ... hotmail and facebook are back!
great solution DAVE'S my friend. I heartly thanking you.
Wow' THIS IS AMAZING' I WAS GOING CRAZEE' PROBLEM FIXED !!! THANKS SOO MUCH !
Brilliant, was worrying me and confounding me. All good. Many thanks
omg!!seriously??...tats all tat was! the date!..n ive been calling customer service all round da world n no one could help...im glad i googled n found this! :) thanks!
Hey I changed the time n date for so many times..but still it is not working, i cannot access my facebook nor gmail..!! whats wrong??..what should i do now???
Thank you for the information, indeed it solve my problem.
I have been struggling with this for almost 2 mos. Thanks for your help Dave and the invisible person who found the solution.
I was going nuts
Thanks Dave for suggestion
THANK YOU! I was going inSANE!
I got the security error 80200010 when updating. It said update failed. I tried again and it updated. Does that mean that error was resolved Dave or do I need to do something else to get rid of it? Thanks Dave,
YOU are undoubtedly one of the smartest people on this universe. Two of my friends, software engineers couldn't friggin tell HOW to get rid of it.
I don't know how to thank you, really.
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit. I had the SAME PROBLEM on my laptop, and saw that the date was January 1, 2001!
How it got this idea, I don't know: but thanks for keeping this post alive! I only wasted ten minutes on the problem. (All the rest of y'all have my deepest sympathies.)
"Butter my butt and call me a biscuit"? Um... okay. Hi Biscuit. :-)
changing the date to the correct one fixed my problem.
Thanks for this post, I also had thesame problem today and tried all i could without success. after reading your post i realise the system date was 2004 and after resetting it worked properly. thank you so much guys
just wanted to say thank you!! such a simple solution for a very annoying error.
stupidest thing in my life.it has bothering m for many days and whn will this problem can go.
just wanted to say thank you so much!! now solve after 3 days error.
Thank you!! I was so worried that I'd been hacked.
I just had the same problem and got me very worried. I saw your site and checked, Yes!! The date was set for 2years ago (Don't know how it came that way though).
Clock is right on my computer, so that doesnt help...any other suggestions. THis is driving me crazy, for months now!
you are a friggin genius!! THANK YOU!!
All my websites became unavailable so I bought a new anti virus, spent a week trying to validate my windows cert and got NO _WHERE.
All I did to fix all those problems was put the correct date!!
Thank you so much, you saved me from going crazy!!
Try updating root certificates by going to:
Start > Control Panel > Add Remove Programs
Add/Remove Windows Components
Scroll all the way down.
Check Update Root Certificates.
Next, Finish, Reboot.
Ok this is what it seem to have cause the problem (IN MY CASE).
I used google docs on my android mobile phone.
For some reason my mobile told google that i was in NY, then in CA. And they idiots (google) have now block me out(certification got messed up) whatever. Again this is stupid. All because they trying to monitor users on everything they do, who they are, what browser they use, where they are coming from.
I logged out form my google mobile, and still dont work... The problem only occurs when i log into google docs from my phone.
My date and time are correct! Get this error on all my computers with Firefox and Google Chrome, but IE works fine.
I'm having a problem accessing https sites. My computer date and time is correct. I've tried three differnt browsers, i've tried reinstalling browsers, I've tried clearing stored info, and the ssl slate. Operating sys win7 64bit. Any ideas?
Mine is working now! Strange....
Thanks so much I am one of those who has to google everything & thank the Lord I found my answer. You are sooo appreciated & I am so grateful.
Bravo! worked like a charm
I just helped a guy in a Starbucks fix this issue with your solution!!!
Big thanks for your help and keeping this post at the top of the search results!!
BAMMMM! problem solved.....
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...
thank u very much,it really works!I was so tensed!
dude u r the man thanks a ton god knows what all would have i tried had i not struck onto this website.thanks a ton man u have saved me from hell lot of work truly thanks from the deepest corner of my heart.
never ever forget u...
The server security certificate is not yet valid
sir please solved it ,
The server security certificate is not yet valid .please help me .
Thank you so much for your help Dave. It solved my problem.
Thank you so much. I was doing everything to solve the problem, looking for the certificate to get rid of the problem, thinking of formatting the system. But when I gone through your notes, that's works. Thank you my friend.
Thank you so much. I was doing everything to solve the problem, looking for the certificate to get rid of the problem, thinking of formatting the system. But when I gone through your notes and changed the year from 2005 to 2012, that's works. That's really worked. Thank you my friend.
Thanks for the fix - couldn't access FB becasue security certificate expired. Googled your solution - found that my computer had the date set as September 2012. Changed it to correct date and fixed problem!
I can give you 1 tip:
If you want your computer to be safe from malware and heuristic virusses DONT use AVG. That anti-virus doesnt recognise the newest malware/heuristics anymore unless you pay for an advanced version.
Besides that AVG slows down the computer like Norton does since the first 2012 update.
(use Avira or Kaspersky instead to be more satisfied ;))
My electricity blinked last night and my computer reset itself to 2004. I never would have thought to check. Now I know why my outlook was so confused and why I was getting invalid security certificate warnings at Hotmail. Thanks!
this has made me a very popular "newbie" at work... managing to fix a problem that had even driven the boss insane! thank you thank you thank you.
i cant access facebook because it says the server presented an invalid certificate, ive looked at my date and its all the right stuff, re synced it anyway and followed pretty much every useful tip in the other comments, still wont work, help me?
I will have a problems with security certificates. l have tried the few tips above and nothing works. This problem started when i today opening gmail,facebook . Any help would be appreciated
Thanks for the fix - couldn't access FB becasue security certificate expired. Googled your solution - found that my computer had the date set as September 2012. Changed it to correct date and fixed problem! thanks once again
Realities of life never end, just read Dave's post of the Gent who figured it out on his own and did just that, i was back on track, no more security certificate error. Thanks
I am SOOOOOO grateful for this post. We've been having issues with this for months and just kept 'continuing to website' unable to fix the problem. Hey presto, following this post we checked the date and discovered eldest son had changed date to make it christmas time in an online game so that santa would come and give him extra presents!!!! He got the extra present of a little talking to about messing with the family computer!!!!
When I am logged into pinterest (there's an option to log in using your facebook account, but I do not use that option), I receive a pop up box: Safari can't verify the identity of the website "s-static.ak.facebook.com". It has the options: 1)Show cert 2) Cancel 3) Continue. I've tried all 3 but lately have been pressing "cancel" until I load the next page and it pops up again. I use an imac and I'm not even on facebook. Other times "Invalid URl" page comes up and I can't even get to the website at all. This happens with pinterest or facebook mostly. Do you know what it could be?
Thanks for the great help. I had this problem for weeks on my desktop. I had to use my notebook for other sites. No where could I find any help until I read this. I did it and in 2 minutes it was resolved. I'm bookmarking this site for further use. Thanks again.
thank you so much for sharing your learning to us. It's been a great help to me, really.. Thank you.. =)
thank you so much, this solved my problem!
Thank you so very much for your suggestions! I have been trying everything possible to fix this problem, and then I realized that my date was set for 2011!!! Now everything is working, and all the sites are available - I can't thank you enough!
hey thanks, :) :) Really it works!!
Hi so so much to this men who help me fix my problem on my lappy which certifate error keep on popping up.when i change my date all the problem really fix and vanished like i am making magic hehehe...thank you so much you brillant =)
There are that many people out there who have f'ed up system dates on their computer and didn't know it?
Really? Do their calendars work? Don't they ever save a file and then go, hey I just saved it why is the date file stamp yesterday?
I don't believe it!
I think I shall call you God .... THANK-YOU
YOU ARE FANTASTIC! BRILLIANT! it really works! thankss!! :D
i too had the same problem. while reading each comment about successful solution of date correctness i checked my date each time which was correct. finally i checked my google chrome settings. there i checked "check for server certification revocation" which was at first place unchecked. this worked for me. hope if anybody find such problem which is not fixing even after correcting the time try this. it may work for u as well.
This problem came up this weekend. Website security certificate. Went to Best Buys and talked to the Geek Squad. Sure enough they had a simple answer. Your computers date and time are off and does not match the certificate date. For me this worked. If it does not work you need to replace a battery in your computer. Cost at Best Buys about $4.00.
it's time problem in your computer check your computer time
Hi Dave Wow we went from near tears to joy in a couple of minutes, with your check the date advise. Yippee!!! Days of research work is now back! Thanks a heap, Peace and harmony Lance
hahahah....!! after reading the solution I just looked down on the date and time and felt so stupid hahaha....
thanks a lot
What if the time and date are right and you still get a message saying " This site has not been signed by a valid security certificate"?
Dave thanks for your help in fixing my security cdrtificate problem. I have another, my HP Photosmart 7510 printer, prints only the top half of the first page and spits out blank pages there after. I am running Windows Vista Home as my operating system.
Thank you so much for this answer! Solved our problem!!
login.yahoo.com uses an invalid security certificate.
i too had the same problem and when i see the solution for this i'm damn shocked that my date and time were wrong.....thank you
I LOVE YOU. I have been lookingfor this for weeks
Yo check your if you date and times is correct it will solve the problem try it
I fix date and time of my computer, the problems of invalid certificate resolved
The site's security certificate has expired!
You attempted to reach mail.google.com, but the server presented an expired certificate. No information is available to indicate whether that certificate has been compromised since its expiration. This means Google Chrome cannot guarantee that you are communicating with mail.google.com and not an attacker. Your computer's clock is currently set to Thursday, March 30, 2073 11:25:05 AM. Does that look right? If not, you should correct the error and refresh this page.
You cannot proceed because the website operator has requested heightened security for this domain.
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
buying you a cup of coffee!||
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