How to fix HTTPS errors in Google Chrome

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  • The HTTPS error is one that can occur for numerous browsers and prevents HTTPS website pages from opening.
  • However, this error shows more in Google Chrome so you should think about changing your browser to avoid this problem.
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The HTTPS error is one that can occur for numerous browsers and prevents HTTPS website pages from opening. The HTTPS error message varies in alternative browsers.

For example, the NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID and SSL Error Cannot connect to the real (website URL) HTTPS error message tabs open in Google Chrome.

Then you’ll also see a red line crossing out the HTTPS text in the website’s URL in Chrome. These are a few potential fixes for the HTTPS error more specifically for Chrome.

How can I fix HTTPS errors in Google Chrome?

1. Switch to Opera

This error only shows up particularly in Google Chrome so the easiest way to get over it is to change your browser. We recommend Opera and we have strong reasons to do so.

First of all, Opera is one of the few browsers that offer a native VPN. And it’s free to use for an unlimited time.

This well-balanced browser guarantees to outspeed rival browsers and doesn’t have any interference with web-based apps.

Another powerful feature is the integrated ad-blocker that is taking care of your time, your workflow, and, why not, safety.

If you switch to Opera, it will be easier than you think. Just import bookmarks and settings from Chrome and then set Opera as the default browser.

Here are some of Opera’s key features:

  • VPN for free and no time limit
  • Faster and less RAM consuming than rival browsers
  • Instant search and integrated ad-blocker
  • Support for VR Players, standard security protocols
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2. Clear the SSL Cache

  1. First, open the Chrome browser; and click the Customize Google Chrome button at the top right of its window.
  2. Select Settings to open the tab in the snapshot directly below.
  3. Press Advanced to open further options.
  4. Scroll down to and select the Open proxy settings option to open the window below.
  5. Select the Content tab shown in the shot directly below.
  6. Press the Clear SSL state button.

You can also perform this task automatically by using specialized optimization and clean-up software such as CCleaner.

With CCleaner, you will be able to clean your browser a lot quicker and easier because it’s automatic.

All you need to do after installing is to let it perform a scan and then let it delete all the caches.

We recommend that you don’t stop at just that. CCleaner is much more complex and can drastically improve the speed of your computer.

Of course, it does a great job at prevention level by fixing some issues that might occur because of old files, wrong registry issues, etc.

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3. Flush the Windows 10 DNS Cache

  1. You might need to flush the DNS cache to clear outdated or corrupted cached data. To do that, press the Cortana button on Windows 10‘s taskbar.
  2. Enter the keyword Command Prompt in the text box.
  3. Right-click Command Prompt and select its Run as administrator option.
  4. Then input ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter to flush the DNS cache.

4. Adjust the Time and Date Settings in Windows 10

  1. Open the Cortana app.
  2. Enter date in the search box and select Change the date and time to open the window shown directly below.
  3. Now click the Time zone box to expand its menu as below.
  4. Note that there are numerous time zone settings that have the same time and date. So make sure that you’ve selected the right time zone there.
  5. Alternatively, you can sync Windows with a time server. To do that, click Add clocks for different time zones on the Settings app’s Date and time tab.
  6. Select the Internet Time tab shown directly below.
  7. Press the Change settings button to open the window below.
  8. Select the Synchronize with an internet time server option, and then choose a server from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click the OK button.

5. Update Google Chrome

  1. Check that you’ve updated Google Chrome. To update Chrome, press the Customize Google Chrome button.
  2. Select Help > About Google Chrome to open the tab shown directly below.
  3. Then the browser will automatically update. Press the Relaunch button after the update.

6. Disable VPN Software and third-party antivirus software

  1. Press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open Run.
  2. Enter Control Panel in Run’s text box, and click the OK button.
  3. Click Network and Sharing Center to open the options shown below.
  4. Click Change adapter settings on the left of Network and Sharing Center.
  5. Then right-click your VPN connection and select Disable.

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7. Reset the Chrome Browser

  1. Press the Customize Google Chrome button to open its menu.
  2. Select Settings on the menu to open Chrome‘s options.
  3. Click Advanced to further expand the Settings tab.
  4. Click Reset at the bottom of the Settings tab.
  5. Press the Reset button to restore Chrome to its default settings.

Some of those resolutions might fix the HTTPS error for Chrome and other browsers.

Resetting the Hosts file might also resolve the issue. Here’s an expert guide on how to reset the Hosts file.

Resetting your Chrome will erase your bookmarks and history, but don’t worry, we got your back with these tools.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.