NET::ERR_CERT_INVALID error on Google Chrome

SSL connections allow the user to access a website securely. Google Chrome offers support for the same, which helps in maintaining the security of the user while surfing the Internet. Now, when Google Chrome sends a request to a website which does not possess an SSL, it will not load the page and throw up this error:

Your connection is not private. Attackers might be trying to steal your information from (for example, passwords, messages or credit cards). NET::ERR_ CERT_INVALID.



Before proceeding, make sure if your version of Google Chrome installed is up to date. For the, first open Google Chrome. Click on the menu button denoted by three vertical dots on the top right corner of the windows. Finally, select Settings > About Google Chrome.

We will be taking a look at the following 5 fixes to try and discuss How to fix NET::ERR_ CERT_INVALID for Google Chrome on Windows 10,

  1. Typing the address manually.
  2. Fixing the Date and Time Settings.
  3. Fix the Proxy Settings.
  4. Using the ‘Danger’ word.
  5. Reset Google Chrome.

1] Typing the Address manually

There might be chances that if you are using a link to navigate, a third party extension, software or malware might be redirecting you to a suspicious page.

You can type the address manually in the address bar and check if that leads you to your desired webpage.

2] Fixing the Date and Time Settings

Wrong Date and Time settings on Windows 10 can also cause conflicts like this. This is due to the incompatibility between the SSL Certificate validation date and the System Clock. Hence, the user should sync their System Clock.

To do this, start by right-clicking on the Taskbar and click on Adjust Date and Time.

Click on a button that says Sync Now. It will synchronize the Date and Time with the Microsoft Servers.

All you need to make sure is that the Time Zone set on the same page is correct.

3] Fix the Proxy Settings

Start by typing in Internet Options in the Search Box. Click on the appropriate result.

Now navigate to the tab called Connections.

Under the section labeled as Local Area Network (LAN) settings. Click on the button that says LAN Settings.

Under the section of Proxy Server, uncheck the option that is labeled as Use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections).

Click on OK and then Reboot the computer for the changes to take effect.

Now check if your issue is fixed or not.

4] Using the ‘Danger’ word

Whenever you are stuck in this type of error, and all the other fixes do not work,  you can try a workaround.

When you encounter this type of error, without clicking anywhere just type in danger on your keyboard.

It will automatically refresh the page and reload the page letting you access it.

5] Reset Google Chrome

Hit the WINKEY + R combinations to  open Run and then navigate to the following path,

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

Now, select the folder named as Default and hit the Shift+Delete button combinations and then click on Yes for the confirmation prompt you get.

After deleting the Default folder, open Google Chrome and click on the Menu button denoted by three verticle dots in the top right corner.

Then, click on Settings. In the Settings section, scroll down and click on Advanced to reveal the Advanced Settings.

Now, scroll down to the Restore Settings to their original defaults button and click on it.

This will now give you a prompt like this-

Click on Reset, and this will reset Chrome browser.

Now check if your issue is fixed or not.

Hope these fixes help you!

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.