11 Ways To Fix the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE Chrome Error

Introduction

Recently the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE  error has come to the limelight and is being faced by the majority of users. They fail to understand the meaning of this error and hence can’t come up with a feasible solution. Before going for any further solutions for solving this error, let’s have a clear knowledge about 2 related questions.

• What does the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error mean?
• Why does the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error occur?

What Is the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE Error?

“Err” stands for error, “SSL Version” stands for SSL version error. SSL means Secured Socket Layers. Its main function is to encrypt transmitted data between browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc., and servers via TCP sockets.

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Now when a Google Chrome browser is refusing to load a site installed with an SSL certificate, due to specific reasons (an outdated version of SSL certificate, expired SSL certificate, or mismatched SSL certificate), this error ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE occurs. It’s also called the HTTPS error or SSL error.

Though the above-mentioned reasons are very basic ones, there are many other technical reasons, which lead to the occurrence of the same error being flashed on your screen. Let’s have a look at some other reasons.

What Causes the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE Error in Chrome?

  1. TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.3 often clashes with SSL settings on Google Chrome, thus showing error messages
  2. Hardware acceleration mode is “on” in Chrome
  3. Incorrect Date and Time setting in your computer
  4. Outdated or older version of Google Chrome
  5. Mismatched SSL certificate with the Domain Name
  6. Outdated or unauthorized SSL certificate
  7. Mess up between browsing data and cookies
  8. Third-party antivirus interference with SSL
  9. High firewall protection
  10. Insecure data on the webpage
  11. Problems with browser
  12. Installed files are corrupted or incomplete
  13. Chrome does not Cache responses if an invalid SSL certificate is installed or SSL settings are clashing.

Any of these factors will cause an SSL error on your computer. But there are certain solutions that can help you to resolve this error if it’s appearing in the Chrome browser. Let’s have a look at these solutions.

How To Fix the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE Chrome Error

1. Clear Browser Data & Cookies

Chrome browser saves webpages (caches) every time you visit a site. The main aim is to give users a quick reload of these pages if they are revisiting them. These caches keep on piling every day, using ample disk space, and start interfering with site upload, making it slow and difficult. The
ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error is a warning that your data is clashing with site loading. Clearing browser data and cookies will help to get rid of the error.

Instructions

  1. Launch Google Chrome and press Ctrl+H on your keyboard; to display your browsing history and other stored data on your browser
  2. On the left-pane menu, click “Clear Browsing Data”.
  3. On the Advanced tab in clear browsing data, select all options, including cookies, and click “Clear data”.
  4. After the process is completed, check if the error has been resolved or not.

2. Disable TLS 1.3

Any clashes between servers or application software with browsers will lead to errors. Here too, when the Transport Layer Security feature clashes with the Chrome browser, the above error occurs. Though TLS 1.3 improves speed and web performance and provides strong security, the best solution to solve the above error is to disable TLS 1.3.

Instructions

  1. Type “chrome://flags/#tls13-variant” on the address bar and click “Enter.”
  2. Search for TLS 1.3 and open the drop-down menu for options.
  3. Set TLS 1.3 to “Disabled” in the Default menu.
  4. Re-launch Chrome and check if your browser is error-free now.

3. Clearing DNS Cache

A DNS (Domain Name System) Cache or DNS resolver is a temporary storage of recently viewed websites maintained by the operating system of the computer. Though the DNS cache helps in faster uploads of websites entered by you on the web browser, a corrupt DNS cache will lead to the ERR_SSL VERSION_INTERFERENCE error and create hassles in reaching web servers.

Flushing the DNS Cache for error removal is the only solution.

Instructions

  1. After opening your computer, press Windows key+S to open the search box.
  2. Type “Command Prompt” on the search box; from the resulting options, right-click “Command Prompt,” then select “Run as Administrator.”
  3. When the command prompt is up, run this command: ipconfig /flushdns.
  4. Successful completion displays the following message: Windows IP Configuration. Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

4. Disable Third-Party Anti-Virus Software and Firewall

Anti-virus software prevents phishing attacks, spyware, spam websites, and hackers from entering your personal territory. They also scan SSL protocols on your visited sites.

Sometimes a website with an expired or outdated SSL certificate is blocked by this software and makes it unable to access. It may also be vice-versa, i.e. a legitimate SSL site conflicts with unreliable anti-virus software. In both cases, software interferes with SSL and causes an error. Even firewalls or any other security options may lead to this error.

Instructions

  1. Replace the unreliable anti-virus software with a genuine one.
  2. If anti-virus software is genuine, error prevention is possible by temporarily disabling the software to make your browser error-free.
  3. Disable firewalls, or any other security options or anti-malware software temporarily to prevent the above error.
  4. Re-install anti-malware software if genuine

5. Switch Off Hardware Acceleration

If hardware acceleration mode is on, the computer hardware shows its efficiency by increasing browsing speed and performance. It also speeds up other processes using the computer’s GPU. But sometimes it may happen that this function may lead to the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error.

Instructions

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on “Menu > Settings > Advanced.”
  2. Scroll down to go to “System.”
  3. “Switch Off” hardware acceleration toggle mode.

6. Set Correct Date and Time

The simplest way to clear this error is to view the bottom right corner of your pc/computer and check whether the date and time mentioned are correct or not. An incorrect date and time are one of the causes of this error. If the date and time are incorrect, automate the correct date and time from Settings Menu.

Instructions

  1. In the Start menu, click on “Settings.”
  2.  In the Settings menu, click on “Time & Language.”
  3. In Time & Language, “Set time automatically” & “Set time zone automatically.”
  4. Restart Chrome.

7. Disable/Remove Browser Extensions

Many times, conflicting browser extensions hinder the browser and prevent them from accessing certain websites or pages, thus causing the error. Disable them to solve your problem.

Instructions

  1. Start Chrome.
  2. Go to “Menu>More>Navigate to tools>Extensions.”
  3. Select the extensions you wish to remove; later click the “Remove” button.
  4. To disable extensions, click the toggle at the bottom right of the extension box.

8. Disable Google’s QUIC Protocol

Google’s QUIC protocol makes the internet faster and smoother but sometimes it may cause this error.

Instructions

  1. Type chrome://flags/#enable-quic into the address bar; click enter.
  2. On the top of your screen, the Experimental QUIC Protocol will be enabled by default. Disable it and relaunch Chrome.

9. Use Chrome Cleanup Tool

This is an inbuilt Google Chrome Tool that keeps a check on suspicious activities and removes them. Removal of these activities can remove the above error.

Instructions

  1. After launching a Chrome browser, open the menu on the top right corner.
  2. In the menu, scroll down to the “Settings” option.
  3. In settings, click the “Advanced” option.
  4. In the advanced option, under the reset and cleanup header, click “Clean up computer.”

In this way, Chrome will uninstall all suspicious activities, making your browser error-free.

10. Reset Chrome

After trying all the above methods and the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error still occurs, then resetting your Chrome browser may solve the error.

Instructions

  1. After launching the Chrome browser, go to “Menu>Settings>Advanced>Reset and Cleanup>Restore settings to their original defaults.”

I hope this solves your purpose when you reset Chrome and restart your computer. If the problem is still unsolved, let’s go for the last solution.

11. Reinstall Chrome

The last option to make your browser work smoothly without any interruptions is to reinstall Chrome.

Instructions

  1. On your keyboard, press “Windows Key+R.”
  2. Inside the Run dialog box, type appwiz.cpl and click “OK.”
  3. Scroll to Google Chrome in the list, right-click it, then select “Uninstall.”
  4. Uninstall Chrome and delete its residue files.
  5. Press “Windows Key+R” to open the Run dialog box. Type %appdata% inside the box, then click “OK.”
  6. Open the Google folder and then delete the Chrome folder.
  7. Go to Google Chrome’s site, then download and install the latest version of the browser.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned solutions will help you to solve the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error. But before implementing any of these solutions, check out if your SSL certificate is properly installed and unexpired. Hope you enjoy smooth, error-free browsing with these solutions.

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