Recently ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error has come to limelight and is being faced by the majority of the 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 ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error mean?
• Why does ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error occurs?
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.
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.
See Also: ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR in Google Chrome
What causes ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error in Chrome?
- TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.3 often clashes with SSL settings on Google Chrome; showing error messages
- Hardware acceleration mode is “on” in Chrome
- Incorrect Date and Time setting in your computer
- Outdated or older version of Google Chrome
- Mismatched SSL certificate with the Domain Name
- Outdated or unauthorised SSL certificate
- Mess up between browsing data and cookies
- Third-party antivirus interference with SSL
- High firewall protection
- Insecure data on the webpage
- Problems with browser
- Installed files are corrupted or incomplete
- 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 which can help you to resolve this error appearing in the Chrome browser. Let’s have a look at these solutions.
Fix ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error on Google Chrome
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 of disk space, and starts interfering with site upload making it slow and difficult.
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.
Step #1: Launch Google Chrome and press Ctrl+H on your keyboard; to display your browsing history and other stored data on your browser
Step #2: On the left-pane menu, click “Clear Browsing Data”.
Step #3: On the Advanced tab in clear browsing data, select all options including cookies and click “Clear data”.
Step #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’s with browsers will lead to errors. Here too, when Transport Layer Security feature clashes with 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.
Step #1: Type “chrome://flags/#tls13-variant” on the address bar and click “Enter”.
Step #2: Search for TLS 1.3 and open the drop-down menu for options.
Step #3: Set TLS 1.3 to Disabled in the Default menu.
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 DNS cache helps in faster uploads of websites entered by you on the web browser, corrupt DNS cache will lead to ERR_SSL VERSION_INTERFERENCE error and create hassles in reaching web servers.
Flushing DNS Cache for error removal is the only solution.
Step #1: After opening your computer, press Windows key+S to open the search box.
Step #2: Type “Command Prompt” on the search box; and from the resulting options, right-click command prompt, then select ‘Run as Administrator’.
Step #3: When the command prompt is up, run this command: “ipconfig /flushdns.”
Step #4: Successful completion displays the following message:
Windows IP Configuration. Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.
4. Disable Third-Party Anti-Virus Software & 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.
Step #1: Replace the unreliable anti-virus software with a genuine one.
Step #2: If anti-virus software is genuine, error prevention is possible by temporary disabling the software, to make your browser error-free.
Step #3: Disable firewalls, or any other security options or anti-malware software temporarily to prevent the above error.
Step #4: Re-install anti-malware software if genuine
5. Switch “Off” Hardware Acceleration:
If hardware acceleration mode is “On”, 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 ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error.
Step #1: Open Google Chrome and click on Menu > Settings > Advanced
Step #2: Scroll down to go to “System”
Step #3: “Switch Off” hardware acceleration toggle mode
6. Set correct date & 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. Incorrect date and time is one of the causes of this error.
If the date and time are incorrect, automate the correct date and time from Settings Menu.
Step #1: In the Start menu, click on “Settings”
Step #2: In the Settings menu, click on “Time & Language”
Step #3: In Time & Language, “Set time automatically” & “Set time zone automatically”
Step #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; causing the error. Disable them to solve your problem.
Step #1: Start Chrome
Step #2: Go to Menu>More>Navigate to tools>Extensions
Step #3: Select the extensions you wish to remove; later click the “Remove” button.
Step #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 they may cause this error.
Step #1: Write chrome://flags/#enable-quic into the address bar, click enter.
Step #2: On top of your screen, the Experimental QUIC Protocol will be enabled by Default. Disable it and relaunch Chrome.
9. Go for Chrome Cleanup Tool:
This is an inbuilt Google Chrome Tool, which keeps a check on suspicious activities and removes them. Removal of these activities can remove the above error.
Step #1: After launching a Chrome browser, open the menu on the top right corner
Step #2: In the menu, scroll down to “Settings” option
Step #3: In settings, go for “Advanced” option
Step #4: In 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, the ERR_SSL_VERSION_INTERFERENCE error still occurs, then resetting your Chrome browser may solve the error.
Step #1: After launching Chrome browser, go to Menu>Settings>Advanced>Reset and Cleanup>Restore settings to their original defaults.
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.
Step #1: On your keyboard, press Windows Key+R.
Step #2: Inside the Run dialog box, type “appwiz.cpl” and click OK.
Step #3: Scroll for Google Chrome in the list, right-click it, then select “Uninstall”
Step #4: Uninstall Chrome and delete its residue files.
Step #5: Press Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog box. Type “%appdata%” inside the box, then click OK.
Step #6: Open the Google folder, later delete the Chrome folder.
Step #7: Go to Google Chrome’s site, then download and install the latest version of the browser.
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.