If you have experienced this dreadful Security Certificate Error, then you’re not alone. This common error happens when the date and time on the computer has been set incorrectly. How does your computer clock just randomly mess up you ask? There are a few reasons listed below.
- You purchased or received a used (not refurbished) computer from a friend, family member or associate just as is.
- The power went out in your house and this forced your computer to turn off without shutting down properly.
- The CMOS battery had been removed. This causes your on-board bios settings and date/time to reset.
- The CMOS battery is defective and needs replacing.
Fixing the problem is fairly simple. If you have any version of Windows (XP, Vista, 7 or 8), if you take a look at the bottom right of your screen, on the toolbar, you will see the time and or date. If the information you see is incorrect, simply double click the time and adjust first the date (month, day and year). Then click on “Change time zone…”
Make sure to select your proper time zone, and then click on Apply.
When you go back to your web browser whether it’s Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, try visiting a website and you will see that everything is back to normal.
Also note if when you restart your computer and log back into Windows and still see the wrong date and time, that means you have to adjust your date and time settings in the bios menu. To do that you have to enter the bios menu when the computer is booting up by hitting either Del, F2 or F12 as your begins to boot up. Once you have entered the menu, look for the date and time, make your changes, then save and exit.
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Now going even further… if when you restart your computer and your bios (date/time) continue to reset itself, then it is most likely a CMOS Battery problem. Purchasing this battery is very inexpensive and is very easy to replace. Located on your motherboard, it’s a flat round silver battery. You can simply pop it out and replace it simply using a flat head screw driver.
Your problem should now be resolved and you shouldn’t run into anymore issues. Save this guide because now you know what to do if either you have a security certificate issue or if the time on your computer keeps resetting itself. Computer problems always arise when you least expect it, but if they never happen then what would we learn? We have a very valuable guide for you to read that will provide you with great maintenance tips for your brand new computer and how to keep your system optimized.
I hope you have found this helpful. Take care!