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I run Windows XP Pro with IE8. If fails to connect to HTTPS sites with the above error.

Any suggestions on how this can be fixed?

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Have you tried enabling compatibility mode for the websites you're having trouble with? It is the "torn in half" page button to the right of the address bar.

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Initial googling shows this error occurring with a several fix suggestions. It seems, there are two main fix suggestions.

  1. Reset IE8 settings. As suggested here

  2. Reset TCP/IP stack & Winsock entries to default by typing the following to commands in cmdprompt. As suggested here and here

TCP/IP: netsh int ip reset reset.log

WINSOCK: netsh winsock reset catalog

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