Sometimes when using Google Chrome, you get an error DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN instead of the website. Nothing seems wrong with the internet connection, the website might even work in other browsers. Below are two methods that might help you to get rid of this error. Follow the below mentioned steps and you will be good to go:
Method 1: Flushing the DNS
As this issue occurs because of DNS, We will first try to flush the DNS and see if this helps, Follow these steps:
Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open up Run dialogue box
Step 2: Type in CMD and press enter to open up Command Prompt
Step 3: You will see Command Prompt is now open, Now simply type the command below and press enter.
netsh winsock reset catalog
Step 4: Once the above command has executed, reboot your PC. Then try to open the same web page what was showing you the error. This should work.
Method 2: Changing DNS settings
If you are still getting the same error, you might want to change your DNS Settings. Remember what you changed, so you can always go back to your original settgins.
Step 1: Right click on the network icon in your taskbar, then click on Open Network and Sharing Center.
Step 2: A window will open up. On the left pane, click on Change Adapter Settings.
Step 3: Now you will see all the network Adapters, so you will have to identify which is active and connected. It can be a LAN or Wireless Connection. Right click on the active connection and click on Properties.
Step 4: Now another Window will popup. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on the Properties button.
Step 5: Now you will have to check Use the Following DNS server Addressesoption where you will input the following values:
Preferred DNS Server: 126.96.36.199
Alternate DNS Server: 188.8.131.52
Now click OK and try if you still get the error in Chrome.
Note: You may uncheck Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) in step 4 if you don’t use it on your internal network.
These two methods might work to fix the error DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN, but if you still can’t get rid of it, try to reinstall Google Chrome on your computer, or as a final option:
Open the window and toss that broken old computer out! *
As always: use these solutions at your own risk and use your common sense.
* My Brain does not accept any liability if that last resort option does not work, although I do know it will make you feel good for a short moment…