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Old 12-25-2008, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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When I try to go to Gmail, I get this message:
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There is a problem with this website's security certificate.


The security certificate presented by this website has errors, and should not be trusted.
Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server.
We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this website.
Click here to close this webpage.
Continue to this website (not recommended).
More information
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This message has a logo of a red shield with a white X in it, but no further info about who the "we" is that recommend that I close the webpage

When I click on "continue to this website", I get the standard "cannot open this website" screen.

It works normally in firefox, this problem only occures in IE.

At the bottom of my screen, it displays the 'restricted sites' icon. Ive added the gmail url to my green-check sites, but that did not help. Google.dot com works normally, and accesses my personalized page, but I also get the same message if I go to google.com and click on " log out" to exit my account, so it is impossible to go to the generic GMail page.
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Googling the problem, some people think it is a time issue, and I should make sure my clock is correct. It is correct, I went to the time/date applet and even set it on internet time, and the problem persists, even after re-loading IE.

Logically, it is not a clock issue, because the site loads normally in Firefox, which reads the same clock.. I set my clock for a week ago, but I still get the certificate expired notice.
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Since this problem is happening only in IE, does anybody have an opinion on whether it would be helpful to re-install IE? Would that simply transfer all bugs from my old IE to a new one? Would it be better to save my bookmarks, uninstall IE, and use Firefox to reinstall a fresh IE? Alternatively, I can just keep IE and Firefox running all the time, and use which ever browser is compliant.
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I just tried to reset IE (tools--advanced--reset) and I have killed google completely. When I try to sign into my basic google account, I get the certificate fault message.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:35 PM
 
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Not sure it will help since you did a reset, but I would have suggested resetting just the security in Options/Tools/Security to default. I think that's right. I don't use IE so that's from memory.
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It was already set on default, which was grayed out. I lowered it to medium, the lowest security setting, and it sill balked. It is also blocking my log-in at YouTube, and refusing to let me export my favorites---lucky I have a fairly recent copy. I'm going to just uninstall it, and use Firefox to install a new IE. There are things I like about both of them, so I rather like having them both running.
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It seems that in July, Google let their SMTP mail certificate expire. Since Google mail and login are the only things that my certificate problem is affecting, could my problem be related to that event?

I've reinstalled IE-7,, but when I try to follow the instructions for getting a new certificae, I get this message:

"The wizard cannot be started because it failed to contact the active directory"
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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You could try doing an advanced search on Google Groups. Someone else out there has probably had the same problem at some point....especially if it proves to be SMTP mail certificate related. I had a google problem a couple of years ago and someone on there gave me an easy fix.
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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Download google chrome and bypass the problem.
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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It is possible that the o.p. is dealing with Spyware that is blocking Google access. Spybot or some other Malware remover should be run on the affected PC. I would try putting the fully qualified domain name (mail.google.com?) in the trusted sites zone rather than simply www.google.com.

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