This is weird. I can't even access paypal.com, it simply says "Internet explorer cannot display this webpage", as if it couldn't locate it. Yet, I get to it just fine in chrome.

I have even gone to Internet settings -> reset to reset all of my options - no go. I have tried lowering my security settings to the bare minimum. Yes, I have the SSL and TLS options checked under Security. I'm out of ideas. Anyone?

I'm on Windows 7.

  • A long shot, but does turning of your firewall (if any) help?
    – Vervious
    Sep 3, 2010 at 0:38
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    Can Firefox, Chrome, or Opera access any HTTPS sites? Sep 3, 2010 at 3:41
  • Really, you should upgrade to IE11, which is available here microsoft.com/en-us/download/… or in Windows Update
    – AdamKalisz
    Oct 1, 2016 at 11:33

5 Answers 5


Try to follow Microsoft article:





I know it sounds silly, but make sure your Date/Time settings are correct, I have seen this issue caused multiple times simply from a wrong time.


The only solution I have found [source: Cannot Access Secure HTTP Sites? ]

1) Open START > and run > CMD . insert & execute this command (or one by one, but remove &&):

regsvr32 urlmon.dll && regsvr32 wintrust.dll && regsvr32 initpki.dll && regsvr32 dssenh.dll && regsvr32 rsaenh.dll && regsvr32 gpkcsp.dll && regsvr32 sccbase.dll && regsvr32 slbcsp.dll && regsvr32 cryptdlg.dll && regsvr32 shdocvw.dll && regsvr32 mshtml.dll && regsvr32 browseui.dll && regsvr32 jscript.dll && regsvr32 vbscript.dll && regsvr32 oleaut32.dll && regsvr32 softpub.dll && regsvr32 urlmon.dll && regsvr32 actxprxy.dll

(p.s. To paste inside CMD, right click> PASTE)

2) Then open INTERNET EXPLORER > Tool> Internet Option> AND

---a) in Security Tab> choose trusted Sites and then click on default level. Then click SITES and add there your sites.
---b) in Content Tab > click on Clear SSL State You will get a message that the SSL cache was cleared Successfully, click on OK
---c) in Advanced Tab > check USE SSL3.0 and SSL 2.0 (in some cases, before that, you may need click "RESET DEFAULTS+RESET", and do all the above steps again..)

3) Check your COMPUTER DATES (year,month,day), it needs to be correct.

p.s. Problems solved:

Unable to view & open https secure website, they not opening, nor loading..; Internet Explorer Cannot Connect to Secure Sites; Https Sites Not Working Ie9; Can't  browse or Access Secure(for example Bank) websites; I cannot log in to or connect... these might happen after upgrading.
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    – bwDraco
    May 5, 2015 at 17:16

After being badly annoyed by this problem for months, after searching the web and as usual finding everywhere the same advices infinitely repeated and probably never checked since they as usual never worked, I finally found one that, today and in my case (that I may expand if needed), worked immediately:

Internet Explorer - Unable to access secure websites (HTTPS/SSL)

... (2) Click the Tools menu > "Internet Options." Click the Advanced tab > Security section. Check the boxes for "Use SSL 2.0" and "Use SSL 3.0". ...

I personally also checked the "Use TLS 1.0" case.

Versailles, Sat 01 Oct 2016 11:39:20 +0200


The key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\fipsalgorithmpolicy

The value should be 0


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