Google Chrome might be the most popular web browser in the world, but it has its problems. One problem that Windows 10 users reported in Google Chrome is DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error, and today we’re going to show you how to fix it.
How to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error?
Dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error can appear in your browser and prevent you from visiting certain websites. This is an annoying issue, and speaking of issues, these are some of the most common problems that users reported:
- Dns_probe_finished_nxdomain YouTube, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo – If you’re having this error while visiting certain websites, be sure to disable your proxy and check if that solves your problem.
- Dns_probe_finished_nxdomain Windows 7 – This error can appear in older versions of Windows, but you should be able to solve it using one of our solutions even if you don’t use Windows 10.
- Dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WiFi – Sometimes this error can appear while using your WiFi connection. If that’s so, reset your IP configuration and check if that solves the issue.
- Dns_probe_finished_nxdomain router – In some rare cases, this issue can be caused by your router. To fix the issue, you can restart or in worst case scenario reset your router and check if that solves the problem.
- Dns_probe_finished_nxdomain Kaspersky – Sometimes this error can be caused by your security software. If that’s the case, be sure to disable your antivirus and check if that helps. If this doesn’t work, you might have to switch to a different antivirus tool.
- Dns_probe_finished_nxdomain VPN – Your VPN client can also be the cause of this problem. If you have any issues with this error, be sure to remove your VPN client and check if that solves the problem for you.
Solution 1 – Check your antivirus
If you’re getting DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error on Windows 10, the issue might be your antivirus. To fix the problem, it’s advised to change your antivirus configuration and disable certain features of your antivirus. If that doesn’t work, your next step would be to disable your antivirus entirely.
Sometimes disabling the antivirus won’t help, so your only option is to remove it. Even if you choose to uninstall your antivirus, your system will still have basic protection in form of Windows Defender, so there’s no need to worry.
If removing the antivirus solves the problem, you should consider switching to a different antivirus solution. There are many great antivirus tools on the market, and the best are Bitdefender, BullGuard, and Panda Antivirus, so we strongly recommend to try any of them. All these tools are fully compatible with Windows 10, so they won’t interfere with your system in any way.
Solution 2 – Use Command Prompt
One of the easiest ways to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error is to run flushdns command from Command Prompt. To do that, follow these simple instructions:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- When Command Prompt opens, enter ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.
- After the process is completed, close Command Prompt and check if the problem is resolved.
If flushdns command doesn’t fix this error, you might want to try running the following commands as well:
- ipconfig /release
- ipconfig /all
- ipconfig /flushdns
- ipconfig /renew
- netsh int ip set dns
- netsh winsock reset
Solution 3 – Use Google’s Public DNS
Sometimes this error can occur if your DNS server is having issues, but you can easily fix this problem by using a different DNS server. In our example, we’re going to show you how to set Google’s Public DNS as your DNS server. To do that, follow these steps:
- Click the network icon in your Taskbar and select your network from the list.
- Now click on Change adapter options.
- Locate your network connection, right click it and choose Properties from the menu.
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.
- Select Use the following DNS server addresses option and enter 184.108.40.206 as Preferred DNS server and 220.127.116.11 as Alternate DNS server.
- After you’re done, click the OK button.
Your DNS will be changed, and hopefully the issue should be resolved.
Solution 3 – Reset Chrome to default
One potential solution suggested by users is to reset Chrome to default. This is a simple process and you can do it by following these steps:
- Open a new tab in Google Chrome and enter chrome://flags/.
- Click the Reset all to default button.
- Restart Chrome and check if the problem is resolved.
Solution 4 – Restart the DNS Client service
If you’re getting DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error in Google Chrome, you might be able to fix it by restarting the DNS Client service. To do that, follow these instructions:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter services.msc.
- Locate DNS Client service, right-click it and choose Restart from the menu.
- After restarting the DNS Client, close Services window and check if the problem is resolved.
Solution 5 – Disable VPN software
Many users use VPN software in order to protect their privacy online, and even though VPN clients are extremely useful, sometimes they can cause certain problems with DNS. To fix this problem we highly recommend that you temporarily disable the VPN client and check if that fixes the error. If disabling the VPN client doesn’t fix the problem, you might have to temporarily remove it from your PC. Users reported issues with Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, but almost any VPN client can cause this issue to appear.
In order to completely remove your VPN from your PC and prevent any future problems, it’s advised to use uninstaller software to remove it. In case you’re not familiar, uninstaller software is a special application that is designed for removing programs from your PC. In addition to removing programs, this application will also remove all files and registry entries associated with that program.
As a result, it will be just as if the application was never installed on your PC. If you’re looking for a good uninstaller software, be sure to try IOBit Uninstaller or Revo Uninstaller. All these tools are simple to use, and by using them you should be able to easily remove any application and all of its files.
If removing the VPN client solves the problem, you might want to consider using a different VPN client such as CyberGhost VPN, NordVPN or Hotspot Shield VPN. All these tools are simple to use and they won’t interfere with your privacy in any way.
Solution 6 – Disable proxy
Many users use a proxy in order to protect their privacy, but sometimes your proxy can cause DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error to appear. However, you can fix this issue simply by turning off the proxy on your PC. To do that, just follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- When Settings app opens, go to Network & Internet section.
- From the menu on the left, select Proxy and disable all options from the right pane.
After doing that, your proxy should be disabled and the problem will be resolved.
Solution 7 – Check your extensions
This error can appear due to your extensions, and in order to fix it, it’s recommended to find and remove the problematic extensions from your browser. To do that, just follow these steps:
- Click the Menu button in the top right corner and choose More tools > Extensions.
- List of extensions will now appear. Disable all extensions by toggling the on/off switch.
- Once you disable all extensions, restart your browser and check if the issue still appears.
If the problem is resolved, you can try enabling applications one by one or in groups. By doing so you can locate the problematic extension and remove it. Once you find the extension that is causing the issue, remove it from your browser, keep it disabled or update it and check if that solves the problem.
In most cases, DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error is caused by security or privacy extensions, so be sure to disable them first and check if that solves your problem.
Solution 8 – Update your browser
If you’re having this problem, you might want to consider updating your browser to the latest version. Newer versions offer new features and bug fixes, so it’s always recommended to use them. To upgrade Google Chrome to the latest version, you just need to do the following:
- Open Chrome and click the Menu icon.
- Choose Help > About Google Chrome from the menu.
- Now you’ll see the information on the Chrome version you’re using. If any updates are available, they will be downloaded automatically.
Once your browser is up to date, check if the problem still appears. If the issue still appears after updating to the latest version, you might want to consider switching to Beta or Canary version of Chrome.
Problems such as DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN can be troublesome, and if you don’t want to switch to a different web browser, we suggest that you try some of our solutions.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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