Have you ever received an alert that says: “revocation information for the security certificate for this site is not available”? Well, some users receive this kind of alert. It’s an error in the form of a security alert. Especially when you’re trying to visit a secure website.
So, what does it mean anyway? That alert means that a security certificate for the website in question is not available. It could also mean that the certificate has been revoked. Or else it could mean that the certificate was found on the “certificate revocation list” or CRL.
So if you click the “view certificate” button, you can check the certificate associated with the secure domain or webpage.
So What’s A Security Certificate?
Just like a physical document, a certificate works similarly. A CRL is a list of certificates being revoked. This list helps you determine if the current certificate is still trusted. If the website’s certificate appears on the list, it means that the certificate for that website is no longer trusted by the issuer.
The reason this happens could be the certificate’s private key exposure. We can also think of compromised passwords and internal hacking attempts. Or possibly, the site you’re visiting is getting ready to close.
So if you currently face this issue, then do the following methods until you encounter a fix that eliminates this error.
First, Set The Correct Date And Time
Most of the time, this issue appears because the time and date are incorrect. So a possible solution is to set a date and time. To do this:
- Right-click the time in the corner bottom of the screen.
- In the “date and time properties”, go to “Date & Time” and correct time.
- Next, go to “Time Zone” and set the time zone correctly.
- Check the box near the “Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes”
- Then after that go to “Internet Time”, and check the box associated with “Automatically synchronize with an Internet time server”.
- use the drop-down menu near the server to set time.windows.com as the default and hit the “Update Now” button.
- Then reboot the computer.
Second, Remove Potential App Conflicts
If date and time are not the cause, then try removing apps that cause conflicts. McAfee Web Advisor and Browser Defender are examples of these apps. The only way is to remove those apps or similar software.
The Third Method: Update Java Environment
An outdated Java version is also a probable cause of this error. Some older Java versions might unable to access the website where the certificate is being stored. So try to update the Jave version.
If the error still occurs even after the update, then do the fourth method.
Fourth Method: Turn Off Check For Server Certificate Revocation
This method will remove the error. But, it’s like removing the battery of a smoke detector.
So, if you decide to do this method, then do the following:
- Press “Windows key + R” to open a Run window.
- Then type “inetcpl.cpl” to open “Internet Properties”
- Go to the “Advanced” tab and scroll down to “Security”
- Uncheck the box next to “Check for publisher’s certificate revocation”
- And hit “Apply” to confirm the changes.
- Reboot your system and the error “revocation information for the security certificate for this site is not available” should be gone.
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