How to import a certificate in Google Chrome

A SSL certificate can be imported in Google Chrome using option menu. Click on the wrench icon –> options –> Navigate to Under the Hood tab

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Scroll down to Security section and click on the Manage certificates button

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Click on the import button and use the Certificate import wizard to import a certificate

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Click Next and using Browse button locate the certificate file with a .cer or .cert as file extensions.

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Click Next to continue with Certificate Import Wizard

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Specify the location of the Certificate Store

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And click Finish to complete the process.

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Ravi Shankar

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  • chetan August 4, 2012, 11:59 am

    we face
    The site’s security certificate is signed using a weak signature algorithm!
    this type of error in chrome what we can do

  • jagtar November 23, 2012, 1:11 am

    if i don’t have any file like .cer or .cert what to do

  • kenobi February 4, 2013, 3:28 pm

    add it with internet explorer:

    1. Open Internet Explorer (IE) and navigate to the site hosting the self-signed certificate.
    2. IE should display a page warning that, ‘There is a problem with this web site’s security certificate.’
    3. Click the, ‘Continue to this website (not recommended)’ link.
    4. Once the page has loaded, look to the right of the address bar. A red/pink button, labeled ‘Certificate Error,’ should be visible. Click that button.
    5. A pop-up, titled ‘Untrusted Certificate,’ will appear. Click the ‘View certificates’ link at the bottom of the pop-up.
    6. Another pop-up, titled ‘Certificate,’ will appear. Click the ‘Install Certificate…’ button.
    7. The ‘Certificate Import Wizard’ will be started. Click the ‘Next’ button.
    8. ** For XP:
    a. Leave ‘Automatically select the certificate…’ option selected, and click the ‘Next’ button.
    ** For Vista:
    a. Choose ‘Place all certificates in the following store’ option, and click the ‘Browse’ button.
    b. Click the ‘Show physica stores’ checkbox.
    c. Expand the ‘Third-Party Root Certification Authorities’ folder, and choose ‘Local Computer’. Click the ‘OK’ button.
    d. Click the ‘Next’ button.
    9. This should display the ‘Completing the Certificate Import Wizard’ dialog. Click the ‘Finish’ button.
    10. A ‘Security Warning’ pop-up will appear. The warning is informing you that the certificate’s origin cannot actually be validated. You should know where the certificate is coming from. If you do, click the ‘Yes’ button to install the certificate.
    11. A final pop-up informing you that, ‘The import was successful,’ will be displayed. Click the ‘OK’ button.
    12. Restart/Open Chrome and navigate to the site in question. You should *not* be greeted by the security warning page.

    If you ever want to remove the certificate, you will probably need to use the Microsoft Certificate Manager. This can be accessed by choosing Start –> Run –> typing ‘certmgr.msc’ (without the quotes) –> clicking OK. The certificate will be under Certificates – Current User/Trusted Root Certification Authorities/Certificates. You will need to know the name of the certificate, which is displayed during installation.

    The name of the certificate is displayed during the installation. You can also look through in Event Viewer –> System for an event labeled ‘Application Popup.’ This will have the name of the certificate as well as its thumbprint. NOTE: There may be a lot of events with that (very generic) label. Going View –> Find and entering the text ‘certificate’ (without the quotes) in the Description field should help.

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