- Browsers are key elements in the architecture of the Internet, connecting users' computers to websites.
- Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, but this doesn't mean it's 100% error-proof. It can sometimes get crippled by various errors.
- The DNS PROBE FINISHED NXDOMAIN error blocks users' access to certain websites. In this guide, we'll show you how you can quickly fix it.
- Bookmark our collection of troubleshooting guides dedicated to browsers. This will come in handy if you encounter other browser issues.
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 browser 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 the 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 the 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 22.214.171.124 as Preferred DNS server and 126.96.36.199 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.
FAQ: Learn more about this error
- What is Nxdomain error?
Nxdomain errors indicate the domain your browser searched for does not exist. In other words, the DNS resolver could not find an IP address for the domain.
- What does DNS probe finished mean?
DNS probe errors occur when the DNS cache fails to load when you visit a website. This means your browsers could not connect to the host and it cannot access the website you’re trying to visit.
- How do I fix DNS probe errors?
Here’s what you can do to fix DNS probe errors:
- Change the DNS address to Google’s public DNS or Open DNS
- Clear your browsing history, cache and cookies
- Check your proxy settings
- Check your firewall settings
- Disable website filtering tools.