Brave Search Cerificate Issues

I’ve been having some issues with Brave Search lately (past couple weeks). Whenever I try to access any site under the domain, it returns an error. If I try to go to, it returns the following error code: NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID. When I click on that code, it shows that both the subject and issuer are the hostname for my router, which is a pcWRT router. The expiration date is way out in 2030, so that doesn’t seem to be an issue. Then if I try and actual search query using the search bar, I just get “This site can’t be reached” page and an error code of ERR_FAILED.

This is on Brave Version 1.52.126 Chromium: 114.0.5735.133 (Official Build) (64-bit) running on Windows 10.

I’ve done some additional troubleshooting and found the following:

  • The regular Brave domain ( works just fine, as well as basically every other webpage that I go to. So this seems exclusive to Brave Search.
  • If I go into my router settings for access control, I can see the requests being blocked by those settings. The pcWRT router has the following checkboxes for the access control settings: (1) Block Ads, (2) Safe search, (3) Enforce Access Control, (4) Block proxy, (5) Block literal IP addresses, and (6) Block VPN, TOR. I usually just have the default selections checked, which are the first 3 of those. If I un-check (3), then this resolves the issue and I can access the Brave Search pages. However, that turns off all the traffic logs, which I would prefer not to do. Any ideas for how I can resolve this issue without turning off all the access control features on my router?
  • This issue persists even in a private window.
  • I’ve also confirmed that this issue arises on a separate device with Brave Beta Version 1.54.76 Chromium: 115.0.5790.32 (Official Build) beta (64-bit) running on Ubuntu 23.04.