How to fix the Chrome error: “Establishing a Secure Connection”

Are you suffering from the problem of a slow secure connection? To be precise, most websites open at slow speeds, and sometimes they don’t open at all. This phenomenon occurs with the latest version of Windows 10 Chrome. Here, Techquack will explain the causes of the slow secure connection problem and how to solve it.

Recently, when I was browsing the web in the Chrome browser, it started behaving strangely. I could connect to any site that wasn’t SSL protected, but I couldn’t connect to a site that was SSL protected. Every time I try to access an SSL-protected site, Chrome gets stuck in the “Establish Secure Connection” phase and displays an ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT error at the end.

Speaking of prospects, I couldn’t connect to Google, Facebook, Twitter, or any other site whose URL contains https:// because of this problem. But I have no problem safely accessing all of these sites with other browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. So, like any Windows user, I thought a simple reboot would do the trick and I could use the Chrome browser normally. After rebooting, I was able to connect to almost all of the protected sites. But after a few minutes, the “Establishing a secure connection” error returned in the Chrome browser.

What is the reason for the “Establishing a secure connection” error?

What is the reason for the "Establishing a secure connection" error?

After trying to access a particular web site, I receive an “Establishing a secure connection” message in the lower-left corner of my Google Chrome browser window. This message appears when accessing websites that use the HTTPS protocol. However, to visit such sites, you must establish a secure, encrypted connection.

The time it takes to establish such a connection is too long, especially compared to the time it takes the Microsoft Edge or Firefox browser. It’s time to solve the problem of a slow secure connection in Chrome.

But before you know about it, you should know what causes the slow secure connection problem. There are several reasons for this problem.

The cryptographic service is malfunctioning: this service is responsible for allowing TLS handshakes, which are used to create secure connections between clients and servers. Restarting this service may fix the problem.

Suspicious add-ons: when new extensions or plugins are added, one of them may cause connection problems and increase the time it takes to establish a secure connection. Consider removing them from Google Chrome.

Antivirus scanners: Most antivirus programs have an HPPT scanning feature that can scan the connection you’re trying to establish. This can increase connection time, so you may want to consider disabling it to save time.

TLS 1.3: When using TLS 1.3 in Google Chrome, some sites become incompatible. Try temporarily disabling it.

How can I fix the “Establishing a Secure Connection” error?

How can I fix the "Establishing a Secure Connection" error?

Use the following command sequence

This method is popular because of its simplicity, and many people use it to solve most of the problems related to the problem in question. The funny thing is that it works, and users note that it is the only step needed to solve the problem. Make sure you only do the first set of steps using the command line!

Try opening Google Chrome and make sure the “Secure connection established” message is displayed for too long!

Perform a network reset

Doing a network reset is another easy way to solve this problem. It has worked for many users, and you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying it. Just follow the steps below and see if the “Secure connection established” message disappears when you visit a site in Google Chrome!

  1. Open the Run utility using the Windows + R key combination on your keyboard (press these keys at the same time). In the new window, type “ms-settings:” without the quotes and click OK to open the settings tool.
  2. You can also open the settings tool on your computer by clicking on the Start menu and then on the gear icon in the lower-left corner.
  3. You can also use the Windows + I key combination to achieve the same effect. Click to open the Network and Internet panel, and stay in the Status tab on the left side of the window.
  4. Scroll down until you reach the blue network reset button. Click on it and follow the instructions on the screen and make sure you follow everything.
  5. Check to see if the same problem persists!
Restart the crypto services and DNS client in the services.

File sharing, like any other Windows 10 feature, depends on certain services working properly. In this case, the services are called Function Discovery Provider Host and Function Discovery Resource Publication. These services need to be up and running at all times. To do this on your computer, follow these steps!

  1. Open the Run utility using the combination of the Windows + R keys on your keyboard (press these keys at the same time. In the new window, type “services.msc” without quotes and click OK to open the Services.msc tool.
  2. You can also open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu. You can also search for it by using the search button on the Start menu.
  3. Once the Control Panel window is open, change the “Show by” option in the upper right corner of the window to “Large Icons” and scroll down until you find the “Administrative Tools” entry. Click on it and find the “Services” shortcut at the bottom. Click on it to open it.
  4. Find the “Cryptographic Services” and “DNS Client” services in the list, right-click on each of them and select “Properties” from the pop-up menu that appears.
  5. If the service is running (you can check it right next to the service status message), you should stop it for now by clicking the “Stop” button in the middle of the window. Once it stops, leave it until we continue.
  6. Before proceeding to the next step, make sure that the Startup Type menu option in the Service Properties window is set to Automatic. Confirm any dialog boxes that may appear when you change the startup type. Click the “Start” button in the middle of the window before exiting it. Be sure to repeat the same process for all services mentioned.

You may get the following error message when you click the “Start” button:

Windows was unable to start the service on the local computer.
Error 1079: The account specified for this service is different from the account specified for the other services running in the same process.

If this is the case, please follow the instructions below to resolve the problem.

  1. Follow steps 1 through 3 of the above instructions to open the service properties window. Click the “Login” tab and click the “Browse…” button.
  2. Enter “Network Service” in the “Enter the name of the object you want to select” entry field, click “Verify Name” and wait for the name to be available.
  3. Click OK when you are finished, and enter a password in the Password field when prompted if a password is set. File sharing in Windows 10 should now work properly!
Check for suspicious extensions

If the problem is recent, it may be due to a new extension that has caused a security concert. You can easily check this by opening Google Chrome, disabling one by one extension, and checking which one is the culprit.
Remove them when you’re done!

1.) Open Google Chrome by double-clicking its icon on your desktop or by searching in the Start menu. To open extensions, type the following address in the address bar:


2.) Try to find an extension that might be causing security problems or an extension that was recently added and click the “Remove” button next to it to permanently remove it from Google Chrome.
3.) Restart Google Chrome and see if you notice the “Secure connection in progress” message staying on your computer too long!

Disable TLS 1.3

The problem is mostly related to one of the latest versions of TLS. Some developers have found that the problem can be solved by simply changing some advanced Chrome settings that disable TLS 1.3. TLS is the transport layer protocol responsible for encrypting and transmitting data. Try using an older version. To try this method, follow the instructions below!

1.) Open Google Chrome by double-clicking its icon on your desktop or by searching in the Start menu. In the address bar, type the following address to open Experience :


2.) In the “Experiences” window, on the “Available” tab, find the TLS deactivation option below. You can use the search bar at the top of the window, as the list is very long. Be sure to search for TLS, find the appropriate settings, and set them to Off.
3.) Restart Google Chrome and check if the connection is still an issue!

Frequently Asked Questions

Step 1: Enter ms-settings: then click OK.
Step 2: On the Settings page, click Network and Internet.
Step 3: Select the Status option, then scroll to the right on the Status page to find Reset Network and click on it. You can then check to see if the problem with the slow establishment of the secure connection has been resolved.

You can deactivate it in your browser window before establishing a secure connection. To deactivate a secure connection in your browser, click "Cancel" in the browser window that shows the secure connection process.

  1. Start with SSL/TLS certificates.
  2. Adjust the date and time on your Android device.
  3. Delete navigation data in Chrome.
  4. Change your WiFi connection.
  5. Temporarily disable antivirus.
  6. Reset your Android device.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt + f and press the Settings button.
  3. Select the Show advanced settings option.
  4. Scroll down to the Network section and click Change Proxy Settings.
  5. Now switch to the Advanced tab.
  6. Scroll down to the Security category.
  7. Now check the boxes corresponding to your version of TLS/SSL.