- The DNS PROBE FINISHED NXDOMAIN error blocks access to certain websites.
- In this guide, we'll show you how you can quickly fix it.
- Bookmark our collection of Browser guides. It will come in handy if you encounter similar issues.
- Whenever you stumble upon software errors, visit our Troubleshooting page for other helpful material.
Google Chrome might be the most popular web browser in the world, but it has its occasional problems.
One problem that Windows 10 users reported in Google Chrome is DNS PROBE FINISHED NXDOMAIN error, which can prevent you from visiting certain websites.
The issue affects both older and newer versions of Windows and can be caused by certain network settings or by some programs and apps installed on your PC.
So today we’re going analyze possible causes one by one and show you how to fix the error.
How do I fix DNS PROBE FINISHED NXDOMAIN browser error?
As mentioned, the error occurs in Chrome. If you’re not willing to spend time troubleshooting it and you’re looking for a quick solution, the recommendation is to switch to a more reliable browser, such as Opera.
Opera comes as a more stable browser than Chrome, thanks to the multiple integrations it has with various other tools and apps.
As a result, the browser offers free, unlimited VPN, ad blocker, messengers for several social media apps, customizable news feeder, and personal flow to share your work across several devices.
These are just a few of the features that you can find exclusively in Opera; no downloads or plugin installs are necessary. You just have to activate them from the browser settings.
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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.
However, removing the antivirus should be only the last resort. Rather, try using an antivirus that has little impact on other processes, such as Bitdefender.
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2. Use Command Prompt
- Press Windows Key + X to open Power User Menu. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- When Command Prompt opens, enter the following 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:
netsh int ip set dns
netsh winsock reset
3. Use Google’s Public DNS
- 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.
4. Reset Chrome to default
- 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.
5. Restart the DNS Client service
- 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 DNS probe errors
- 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?
Changing the DNS address to Google’s public DNS or Open DNS, clear your browsing history, cache, and cookies are some of the solutions we recommend and that you can try.
Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page with more solutions to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN errors.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2016 and was revamped and updated in December 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.