Microsoft Authenticode Certificates

Microsoft Authenticode Certificates allow you to sign all kinds of Windows executables and code including .exe, .cab, .dll, .ocx, and .xpi files. When you sign your code using Authenticode Certificates, your users will know that it comes from a trusted source (you) and that it hasn’t been tampered with since you signed it. This means that your users won’t see a warning message stating that the author of the software is unknown. Instead, when a Microsoft Authenticode Digital ID is used, your software will display who published it:

By using Microsoft Authenticode Certificates to sign your software you:

  • Prove your identity to your users so they are more likely to trust it
  • Ensure that the software can’t be modified afterwards
  • Show your users that the software is safe to download and install
  • Protect your brand

Because Microsoft Authenticode Certificates need to be issued by a trusted certificate authority, you will need to purchase one from one of the providers listed below. Use the comparison chart below to find out which Microsoft Authenticode Certificates will meet your needs the best and provide the greatest value. You can compare prices, compatibility, provider reviews and ratings, support, and other features. After clicking the Buy Now button, make sure to select Microsoft Authenticode as the certificate type so that the provider generates the certificate in the appropriate format. To learn more about code signing, read What is Code Signing? or Deploying Authenticode.

Certificate Name DigiCert's Code Signing Symantec's Code Signing Certificate GoDaddy's Code Signing Certificate Thawte's Code Signing Certificate
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Certificate Authority
DigiCert

Symantec

GoDaddy

Thawte
Certificate Authority Rating
From 1091 reviews
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From 101 reviews
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Price For 1 Year
$223
$499
$199
$299
Price For 2 Years $397.00 $895.00 $359.98 $549.00

Supports Windows Authenticode Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Apple OS X Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Microsoft Office VBA Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Sun Java Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Adobe Air Signing
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Supports Windows Vista x64 Kernel Mode Signing
Yes Yes No No
Multiple Year Options Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years Up to 3 Years Up to 2 Years
Issuance Speed Within 1 day after all documentation is received 2-4 business days 1 business day 2-4 Business days
Validation Required Organization Validation Organization Validation Organization Validation Organization Validation
Number of Free Reissues Allowed Unlimited until expired Unlimited for 30 days Unlimited until expired Unlimited until expired
Support Options Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, Monday-Thursday 24 hrs., Friday 12 am-7 pm, Saturday 7 am-3 pm MST Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, Monday-Friday 5AM-6PM PST, Multi-lingual Free Phone and Email, 24x7 Free Chat, Phone and E-mail, 24/5, Multi-lingual
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Refund Policy Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund within 30 days of issuance Full refund - $15 within 30 days of issuance. No refund after 30 days. Full refund within 30 days of issuance
Warranty $0 $0 $0 $0
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