We all see some kind of errors while using Google chrome and DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN is a very common error. It is very disappointing because all of a sudden you can’t access the internet and can’t browse a website. This error appears due to some issue in your DNS or incorrect settings of your internet. DNS means Domain Name System. DNS’s job is to connect actual web servers with domain names. When you type a URL in your web browser, DNS links that URL to the actual server’s IP address. When DNS decline to connect to the actual IP address then you may see DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error on your screen. Here NXDOMAIN means Non Existent Domain.
Suggestions to deal with Google chrome DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error:
Update Google chrome: if the Google chrome is not updated it may cause various troubles. So check for the updates to ensure that outdated chrome is not causing the issue.
Step1: open the Google chrome. In the right side corner there are three dots, as shown in the image below. When you click on these dots, you can access the menu of Google chrome.
Step2: when you open the menu click “help” and then “about Google chrome”.
Step3: you can see that “chrome is checking for the updates” on your computer screen. If it is not updated then update it now and if it is updated then restart the chrome and check the error is resolved or not.
Clear up chrome cache: DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error can occur because your chrome cache data requires to be cleared.
Step1: open the Google chrome and click three dots at right corner just like we did in previous method.
Step2: highlight the option “more tools”. Now click the option “clear browsing data” appeared on the side menu.
Step3: click the “advanced” option in right side of the window. Mark the options “cookies and other side data” and “cached images and files”. Now click “clear data” and cache data is cleaned up. Restart the chrome and restore the webpage showing error.
Change the DNS of chrome:
If your computer system is using a DNS which is not possessed by Google, it can be a reason for DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error. Google may take too long to search other DNS resulting in the error.
Step1: open the menu and click “settings”.
Step2: click “network and internet” option in setting menu. Click “Ethernet” and then select “change adapter options” under the related settings option.
Step3: choose the active network of your computer system and right click on that. Click the “properties” appeared in the menu.
Step4: when you open the “properties” click the “internet protocol version 4 (TCP/lpv4)”. Click “properties”
Step5: click the option “use the following DNS server address”. Now you can see 2 boxes below where you have to type “18.104.22.168” in “preferred DNS server” and “22.214.171.124” in “alternate DNS server” and click the “ok”.
Reset the chrome flags:
Sometimes experimental features or settings of chrome can get screwed up randomly. To reset these settings or features open the Google chrome. Type “chrome://flags” in your browser and click “reset all to default”. Now restart your chrome browser.
Command prompt method:
By using command prompt method you can fix the Google chrome DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error.
Step1: press the keys “window+R”. Type “cmd” in the run box and press the keys “ctrl+shift+enter”to get administrator command box.
Step2: type “ipconfig/release” and click “enter” to release IP address.
Step3: type “ipconfig/flushdns” and click “enter” to clean DNS cache.
Step4: type “ipconfig/renew” and click “enter” to resume IP address.
Step5: type “netsh int ip set dns” and click “enter” to rearrange the IP settings.
Step6: type “netsh winsock reset” and click “enter” to reset the Winsock catalog. Now restart your computer system.
Deactivate antivirus and VPN:
Sometimes antivirus and VPN can interfere your network settings or DNS servers. If there are any VPN or antivirus is running on your system, deactivate those for some time to check if it can fix the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error.
Restart your computer system:
Sometimes, simply restarting your computer and router can resolve this error. When you restart your computer it can clear a huge amount of temporary cache data. So give it a try.
DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN is a very common and complicated error faced by Google chrome users. I have shared some easy tricks to solve this issue. Try out these methods and enjoy an error free browsing.