Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Chrome Error
Google Chrome regularly shows many error codes starting with “err_”, sometimes you will also see errors starting with “DNS_”. DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error is one of the things that can make your online experience less than optimal. The browser will resolve the entered URL to an IP address using domain name system or DNS servers. The error “dns_probe_finished_nxdomain” indicates that Chrome couldn’t find the IP address of the entered site. And Chrome will show the reason as “website’s server DNS address could not be found” as shown in the below screenshot.
There could be many different causes for this error both from your computer side as well as from the website you are trying to access. And here are things you should try to fix this error.
1. Check the URL and Reload
It’s common to make spelling mistakes when you type the URL. Remember the typo may lead to a non-existing URL which might return DNS error on Chrome.
So check the URL for any possible mistakes and then refresh the page.
2. Check DNS Propagation
Below is how a browser receives the IP address of a web server.
DNS is a group of servers having the cached data of the previous request and response. When the site owner changed the name server, web server or IP address then the DNS servers down the line will need sometime for getting the updated IP addresses. This process is generally referred as DNS propagation and may take 48 to 72 hours for completion.
As a user, you may not know whether site owner changed the details. But you can find the DNS propagation status of any websites using free tools like DNS Checker.
Go to the site, enter the URL you are trying to access in the box and hit the search button. You will see whether the status is green in your geographical location. If not, you may need to wait for the completion of the DNS propagation. Otherwise find the IP address of the site using reverse IP lookup tool and directly enter the IP address in the Chrome address bar to open the site. This will bypass all the IP resolution process and you should able to open the site without seeing dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error.
3. Change your DNS settings
Chrome will use default network settings of your computer to get the DNS servers of your ISP. If you have problem with your ISP’s DNS then just assign the Google Public DNS servers and check the page can be opened. Make sure to sign in as administrator before changing DNS settings on your computer.
4. Flush DNS
Your computer and browser will store the DNS details, in order to improve the loading time. But the DNS cache should have correct details, otherwise outdated DNS may cause DNS error in Chrome. In many cases, you may resolve dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error by flushing DNS. Sometimes, a website updates its IP address and a problem may arise when your cache hasn’t adapted to it. The website may refuse to load or Chrome may show dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error. When it happens, you may need to flush the DNS cache having outdated addresses that you have visited in the past.
Learn how to view and flush DNS in Windows 10.
5. Network Reset for Windows 10
In previous Windows versions, it is tricky to resolve some network problems. Fortunately, Windows 10 comes with a feature to reset the network. The dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error may be resolved after performing network reset. You should do this after basic solutions explained above are failed to work. Remember the network reset will erase the information like VPN, Ethernet networks and Wi-Fi connections, including usernames, passwords, IP addresses and other settings.
It’s easy to perform network reset on Windows 10. Follow these steps:
- Go to Start and Settings. Click on “Network & Internet”
- Choose Status tab and click on “Network reset”
- It will warn you about the consequence of network rest. Click on “Reset Now” to start the process. Confirm and restart your PC.
6. Disable Programs that May Affect Your Network
Newer Windows versions are more stable, but adding too many programs may cause problems. If you have antivirus, firewall and other programs that may affect the network, it is a good idea to disable them. It is recommended to disable one program at a time and see whether it solves the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error.
Follow these steps:
- Make a list of programs that may affect your network connection
- Right click the Taskbar and choose Task Manager.
- Click on “More details” and choose the Startup tab. Look for startup programs that affect your network. Right click on a program and choose Disable.
- Restart your PC and check whether the problem has been resolved. If not, enable the previous disabled program and choose another program to disable.
This task may seem time-consuming, but in some cases may fix dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error if it caused by one of the installed applications.
7. Disable VPN and Proxy
VPN significantly alters the way you connect to the internet. As a result, potential issues may arise and if you start to have problems, including dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error, it is a good idea to disable VPN and any proxy-based feature. If the error is persistent, uninstall your VPN, and then restart both the computer and connections.
Follow these steps to disable your proxy:
- Press Win + R on the keyboard to open Run
- Type inetcpl.cpl and hit enter
- Go to Connection tab and click on LAN settings.
- Look for “Automatically detect settings” and check it. Leave other options unchecked and click on OK.
Now close and re-open Chrome, check the error is resolved.