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Hi

I get this error message when I try to access some pages on the internet. There is nothing wrong with these pages, the problem is on my computer (I know because I have another computer).

http://fuwebdesign.com/error.gif

What should I do to get rid of it?

Thanks,

Meravkn

P.S. Sorry for the multiple submissions, I was trying to add an HTML tag but it didn't work out and I couldn't figure out how to delete the questions.
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by:night_monkey
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That error is actually just a warning that's related to your internet explorer security level. you can just click yes to proceed, or you can lower your security level. to do this, right click your ie icon on your desktop, and choose properties, or go to tools>>internet options while in internet explorer. once there, go to the security tab and change your security level. this is unadvisable, but it should clear you of receiving those messages in the future.
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by:meravkn
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I know that I can click yes, but sometimes it's asking me to do so 6-7 times one after the other.

I did try what you suggested and chose "default level" but it didn't help. I don't want my computer to be less secured than the default. I didn't use to have this problem so I don't know what happened.

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i said to lower the level, not choose the default level. did you try to lower the level? as i said, this is not an error message, per se. it is a security warning. and you need to LOWER your security settings in order to not be notified.
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by:meravkn
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So are you saying that ALL windows 2000/IE users who have it set to "default" get this message? that doesn't make sense, I didn't use to get it till 2 weeks ago and I didn't change anything in my settings.

I would like to have a decent security level on my computer if possible. Can I solve this without lowering my security settings?
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by:night_monkey
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the message states that the certificate for that website is expired. as a result, your internet explorer is warning you. so yes, i am saying that all people get that message - at least at that site they do. if you're saying that you didn't get that message from that site two weeks ago, and you're confused as to why you are getting it now, then that site's certificate probably expired two weeks ago. what i am also saying is this: the message you received pertains to a specific digital certificate, and your security settings. read about certificates at the link below, or do a google search for more info on the subject.

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/D/digital_certificate.html

but basically anyone who has their ie security set at least as restricitve as whatever you have yours at will receive THAT message from THAT site. you also said that you we're not getting that message from everysite you visit. therefore, logically speaking, you should realize that it is site-specific. i want to repeat to you that that is not an error message - at least not as far as you're concerned. it is intended to warn you of a possible security problem with the site you got it from. so, as i said, if you don't want to be warned of such things, then you need to turn off the warnings. since the warnings are a function of the security system of ie, you need to lower the security settings.
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by:meravkn
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I said that I wasn't getting it from every site, but I do get it from MANY sites. Hotmail. ELance and many more. So all of them have a security problem? I don't think so.

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by:night_monkey
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i give up. if you don't want to read my entire post, then hopefully someone else here can explain the same thing i've been trying to explain to you better. anyhow, i appreciate your negative tone. after all, i'm only trying to help you understand the answer to your question.
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by:night_monkey
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by the way, you've posted this question three times. only once is necessary.
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by:xarquid
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Hi ..
If you choose "view certificate" - from e.g. Hotmail, what does it say about the certificate ?

(Have u checked u'r time setting:) ?

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Whenever IE tries to verify a SSL certificate, it uses the windows time / date settings...So, if they are wrong (The date on the computer, is "newer" then the expiration date of the certificate, IE will tell u that the certificate is outdated

Hope it helps ..
Anders
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by:meravkn
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Yes! that was the answer I was looking for! the time on my computer was set to 2001 (!) and when I fixed it, I didn't get that problem again.

Thank you so much xarquid!!!

Meravkn
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