Mozilla Firefox – This Connection is Untrusted

As I mentioned in my review of Bitdefender Total Security 2013, I ran into an issue where Mozilla Firefox would display a certificate error on my screen when I accessed my Gmail account. In fact the error appeared whenever I access any page within Google, and only Firefox displayed the error, and no other Web browser.

After some quick research into the problem, I managed to trace the problem to Bitdefender Total Security 2013, and then find what tool within that security suite was causing the problem. Below are the steps I used to solve the issue so I could access Gmail from within Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox – This Connection is Untrusted Issue

Whenever I accessed any Web page from within Google I always received the following error message within Mozilla Firefox:

This Connection is Untrusted

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There was more details to the issue than just that message on the screen. In fact, there was also some Technical Details that helped to narrow down the issue I encountered within the browser that was related to the certificate.

The full message can be seen in the image below:

Bitdefender Total Security 2013 - Firefox Certificate Issue

To find out more about the certificate problem, I did the following:

  1. I click the “I Understand the Risks” option to expand that section.
  2. From within that section I then clicked the “Add Exception…” button.
  3. Firefox - Add Exception

  4. While I didn’t want to add a security section, I can find out more information about the certificated by click the “View…” button.
  5. Firefox - View Certificate Details

  6. When the certificate general details were displayed, I noticed that the “Issued By” section listed Bitdefender as the organization, as shown below.
  7. Firefox - Certificate Details

Once I looked at the certificate details, I began to find the solution to my problem.

This Connection is Untrusted Solution

When I noticed that Bitdefender was mentioned I immediately thought about the fact that Bitdefender Total Security 2013 was installed on my desktop. From there I began to look through the settings, and eventually I found the one that was causing the problem.

These are the steps I used to correct the issue:

  1. I double-clicked the Bitdefender Total Security 2013 icon in the system tray (lower-right corner).
  2. Bitdefender - System Tray Icon

  3. I then clicked on the privacy settings icon from the Bitdefender home windows.
  4. Bitdefender - Change Privacy Control Settings

  5. Next, I click the status button for the “Scan SSL” option to turn it off.
  6. Bitdefender - Privacy Control Settings SSL Scan On

  7. Once the status icon for “Scan SSL” indicated it was off, shown below, I then returned to the home window of Bitdefender.
  8. Bitdefender - Privacy Control Settings SSL Scan Off

After performing the above steps I opened Firefox and accessed my Gmail account. Sure enough, no certificate error was reported and I as able to access my e-mail without any issues. I’m not sure what effect turning off “Scan SSL” will have on security, but I have had other security software installed without such an option, so I’m not too worried.

Perhaps there is another fix, or a patch for Bitdefender Total Security 2013, but until that time I can keep “Scan SSL” turned off.

PG

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6 Comments

  1. Sudheer.
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Paul,
    Thanks so much for this solution.It worked for me & am grateful as this problem was driving me up the wall! Great Work!!

  2. Shamim Ahad
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this very helpful walk-through – My mom, who’s a senior, was having problems with this very issue and your very well-articulated solution helped me out tremendously!

  3. Pauline Stacey
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    This is really terrible. Fortunately, I haven’t experienced this one yet thanks for this information in case I encounter this issue.

    • Posted August 8, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

      I didn’t experience this before until just recently. Most people probably won’t experience it, and if they do, it could also be for a different reason.

  4. Bhushan
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    I have seen this problem many times.Thanks for your help.

  5. Posted August 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I was having this same problem, thanks for the help!

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