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All security certificates are bad


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#1 lti

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:01 PM

I have an old computer that has not been connected to the Internet for many years because it only had a dial-up modem installed in it. I finally installed a network adapter (installing all service packs first), and now it thinks every security certificate is bad. The security certificate list in Internet Explorer only shows certificates that expired years ago. The only recent certificates are the ones that were placed in the untrusted list by Windows updates. Is there anything I can do? This computer runs Windows XP Professional SP3.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:24 PM

Try this link first http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2005/04/06/how-do-i-fix-invalid-or-expired-security-certificate-errors/

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

The date and time are correct, and I am entering the correct address.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

Old 128-bit certificates need an update, and even after that few will still be old because of some sloppy websites. Windows updates might not include the certificate fixes.

You will need to run this patch (I did on XP-Pro-SP3): WindowsXP-KB2524375-x86-ENU.exe
After MS checks your genuine advantage you will be able to run it.
Download link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18519
Also check this, which should be installed
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931125

More explanation here
http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/getting-a-handle-on-security-certificates/

Edited: My notes aren't clear. Can't recall whether 931125 or 2524375 ran genuine advantage check, it might have been 931125.

Edited by tos226, 13 January 2013 - 12:01 AM.


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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:00 AM

The second item (931125) looks like what I need. The first update is already installed. I will try it later.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

The KB931125 download fixed it. I don't get any security certificate errors anymore.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:34 PM

Thank you for letting us know you've resolved your issue. :thumbup2:

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