Internet browsers having certificate trouble after BIOS update

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QUESTION :

After trying to flash an updated bios for my new 6 core processor, I had to revert to the previous bios due to startup issues. Since then, mozilla firefox closes after a few seconds of being open, and many sites on chrome have unvalidated certificates. I can’t figure out what happened or how to fix it. I had to pull the CMOS battery out in order to reset to my original bios, as I didn’t install a revert program beforehand.

ANSWER :

The only reason I can think of why the BIOS update and/or CMOS settings reset could affect validity of the certificates is system time reset – If currently your system time is way in the past (or future for that mater) – all certificates would become expired or not yet valid because they have a specific term they were issued for.

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