DNS server is not responding on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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DNS server is not responding on Windows 10

4. Disable your antivirus and firewall

Antivirus and firewall solutions are necessary if you want to protect your PC from malicious users, but sometimes your antivirus and firewall can interfere with your Internet connection.

To fix DNS server connection issues on Windows 10, try temporarily disabling your antivirus and firewall client.

Keep in mind that your PC will still be protected by Windows Defender even if you disable your antivirus, so there’s no need to worry about your safety.

If your antivirus or firewall client was causing this issue, be sure to change its configuration or switch to a different client.

Users reported that Bitdefender Total Security can sometimes cause this problem to appear. If you’re using Bitdefender, you need to go to Firewall settings and disable Block Internet connection sharing option.

After that, the problem should be resolved. Users reported that Avast can also cause this problem. To fix it, simply open Avast settings and disable the Secure DNS option.

You can also try disabling the firewall on your router. This is a bit advanced and potentially dangerous solution, so keep that in mind. By disabling your router’s firewall your PC will be completely vulnerable.

If you decide to do that, just disable your router’s firewall temporarily and check if that fixes the problem.

If the problem was your firewall, you need to turn it back on again and check your firewall configuration for the source of the problem.

To see how to disable your router’s firewall be sure to check its instruction manual.


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5. Update your router’s firmware

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Few users reported that DNS servers may not be responding while using wireless networks. However, you can fix that simply by updating your router’s firmware. We have to warn you that this is an advanced process, so you need to be extra cautious in order to avoid causing damage.

Before updating your router’s firmware be sure to back up its settings. To see how to properly update the firmware, we advise you to check your instruction manual.

If your DNS server not responding on wifi/wireless, you may also want to check the channels you’re using.


6. Use netsh command

According to users, you can fix DNS failure simply by running few commands from Command Prompt. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. When Command Prompt opens, enter:
    • netsh int ip reset
    • netsh winsock reset
    • ipconfig /flushdns
    • ipconfig /renew
  3. After all commands are executed, restart your computer.

By performing these commands you’ll reset your IP and clear the DNS cache, so be sure to try this method.


7. Restart your modem

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One way to fix DNS server not responding error on Windows 10, is by restarting your modem. To do that, simply press the power button on your modem to turn it off.

Wait for 30 seconds and press the power button again to turn it on. Wait until the modem turns on completely and check if the problem still persists.


8. Start your PC in Safe Mode

Sometimes third-party applications such as antivirus or VPN tools can interfere with your Internet connection.

In order to fix DNS server not responding error on Windows 10, be sure to try accessing the Internet from Safe Mode.

If you’re not familiar, Safe Mode is a special mode in Windows that runs only with basic software and drivers. To enter Safe Mode on Windows 10, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu and click the Power button. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click Restart.
  2. You’ll see three options available. Choose Troubleshoot.
  3. Select Advanced options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
  4. When your PC restarts you’ll see a list of options available. Select Safe Mode with Networking by pressing F5 on the keyboard.
  5. Safe Mode will now start.

When Safe Mode starts, check if your network connection is working. If there are no problems with your Internet connection in Safe Mode it means that third-party software is interfering with your network connection.

To fix this issue, you need to find and remove the problematic application from your PC.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you want to read more on how to optimize your Internet connection, feel free to explore our collection of guides.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Changing your DNS to Google’s public DNS servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) can speed up your connection time to most websites. This means your computer will access websites faster. Keep in mind that does not improve your download speed when it comes to streaming or downloading large files.

  • Changing your DNS settings is not dangerous. This change won’t damage your computer or harm your network. This is a completely safe and reversible action and you can always go back to your previous settings if you’re not satisfied with the connection quality or speed.

  • DNS errors are usually caused by network and Internet issues on users’ end, incorrect DNS and DHCP settings, website outage or restrictions set in place by your ISP.

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A Big Thanks. After a new install of Windows 10 on a new drive I could not connect to the internet. After finding Snappy Driver Finder software, downloading the software onto a usb stick on a different lap top, and loading missing drivers I still had no internet access. Your information was the last piece in the puzzle that fixed my issue. Thank You, Cheers mate!

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