How do I Stop Certificate Error Notifications in Internet Explorer?

Written by tara cantore
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Certificates are used in client/server communication to establish security and trust. A certificate identifies a server using a cryptographic key that contains information such as the owner of the certificate and the domain they are authorised to send information from. When you receive a certificate from a Web server using Internet Explorer, your browser attempts to verify that the certificate is issued by a trusted certificate issuer. This can cause problems when visiting a website that uses self-signed or outdated certificates. Disabling the revocation check will prevent these error notifications from displaying.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Internet Explorer.

  2. 2

    Click "Tools," then click "Internet Options."

  3. 3

    Click the "Advanced" tab.

  4. 4

    Uncheck the box labelled "Check for publisher's certificate revocation" and "Check for server certificate revocation." Click "OK" to save your changes.

  5. 5

    Close and reopen Internet Explorer to apply your new settings.

Tips and warnings

  • Disabling these notices means that you will not be informed when a website uses an invalid security certificate. This may mean the certificate is out of date and use weaker encryption. It can also mean the website has not verified its ownership with a trusted party.

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