NET::ERR_CERT_INVALID error on Google Chrome [FIXED]

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Many Windows 10 users have experienced the net:err_cert_invalid SSL error accompanied by the ‘Attackers might be trying to steal your information‘ message on Google Chrome. T

his error prevents you from accessing websites brings the browser to a stalemate.

However, this error problem could be because of browser settings error, invalid date and time settings on your PC, compromised Internet connection, and other browser-related issues.

We have compiled solutions which you can use to fix the net err_cert_invalid error problem.

Steps to fix net err_cert_invalid solution errors on Chrome

  1. Change your Internet network
  2. Set Date and Time settings
  3. Update Google Chrome
  4. Reset Google Chrome browser
  5. Disable Proxy server
  6. Run Windows Update

We’ve listed the troubleshooting steps below.

1. Change your Internet network

Some users were able to bypass the error by simply changing their Internet connection. If you used a public Wi-Fi network, disconnect it and use another Internet connection such as modem or private LAN to access the website.

Don’t forget to protect your device when using public Wi-Fi networks.


2. Set Date and Time settings

Incorrect date and time settings are potential reasons for the error display. Setting incorrect date and time enables the browser to assume SSL certificates are outdated or expired.

By resetting the time and setting it to automatically will fix the error problem.

  1. Press Windows key > Select Settings > Select Time and Language
  2. Toggle the option “Set Time Automatically” to ensure it is turned on.
  3. Close the window and restart your PC
  4. After booting up your PC, launch Google Chrome and attempt to launch the website “again”.

3. Update Google Chrome

Also, you may be using an older Google Chrome version which could be responsible for net err cert invalid error message.

Update your Google Chrome web browser to resolve this issue. Here’s to update Google Chrome web browser:

  1. Double-click on Google Chrome shortcut to launch the software
  2. Type “chrome://help/” without quotes in the address bar and hit “Enter”.neterr_cert_invalid
  3. Wait for Google Chrome to automatically check for and update the browser.
  4. Restart your PC.

Read Also: Chrome slow? 9 great tips to help you speed up Google’s browser


4. Reset Google Chrome browser

In addition to updating your web browser, you may consider resetting your web browser to its default settings. However, this process will get rid of invalid settings or injected browser settings causing net err_cert_invalid error problem.

You can reset your Google Chrome web browser by following these steps:

  1. Double-click on Google Chrome shortcut to launch the software
  2. Locate the “settings button” at the top right corner (3 dots) and click on it.neterr_cert_invalid
  3. Now, scroll down and select “Show advanced settings”.neterr_cert_invalid
  4. Hence, scroll down and click “Reset Settings”.neterr_cert_invalid
  5. A pop up will appear asking for confirmation. Click on “Reset”.neterr_cert_invalid
  6. Restart your PC afterwards.

5. Disable Proxy server

Another reason for net err_cert_invalid error problem is because the proxy server is enabled. The website may not be accessible if the LAN connection is anonymous i.e. in a proxy state. Here’s how to disable proxy server on your Google Chrome web browser:

  1. Launch Google Chrome
  2. Locate the “settings button” at the top right corner (3 dots) and click on it.neterr_cert_invalid
  3. Now, scroll down and select “Show advanced settings”.neterr_cert_invalid
  4. Hence, scroll down and click on “Open proxy settings” under “System”.neterr_cert_invalid
  5. Select the “Connections” tab and then click on “Settings”.neterr_cert_invalid
  6. Uncheck the “Use a proxy server for this connection” option and then tick on “Automatically detect settings” option.neterr_cert_invalid
  7. Finally, click on “OK”.

ALSO READ: Downloading proxy script on Google Chrome


6. Run Windows Update

Finally, update your Windows OS so as to install the latest updates. Frequent Microsoft updates can improve your PC’s stability and performance most especially Google Chrome web browser. Here’s how to update your Windows OS:

  1. Go to Start>type “update” in the search box and then click on “Windows Update” to proceed.neterr_cert_invalid
  2. In the Windows Update window, check for updates and install the available updates.
  3. After the update process is complete, restart your Windows PC.

In conclusion, we hope you find this post useful in solving net err_cert_invalid Google Chrome error problem on your Windows 10 PC.

However, you may consider using an alternative web browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Internet Explorer.

Comment below if you have any questions. Feel free to list additional troubleshooting methods as well.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October, 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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