When browsing the Internet you might sometimes encounter certain errors. One of the most known errors is HTTP error 404 “Not Found”, and today we’re going to show you how to fix this error on Windows 10.
What is HTTP error 404 “Not found”?
This error is the most common Internet error and it appears when user tries to access a broken or expired link. For example, error 404 can appear if you didn’t properly enter the URL or if you tried to access a certain page that was deleted or moved.
There are several versions of error 404 available, and now that you know what is error 404, we’ll show you how to fix it on Windows 10.
How can I fix HTTP error 404 Not found on Windows 10? You can fix the error by simply checking you URL. In most cases, 404 issue is caused by a mistype of the URL. If the address is spelled correctly, clear your cache and then change the hosts file.
If you want to know how to do that, follow the instructions below.
Steps to solve HTTP error 404 Not found:
- Check your URL
- Clear your cache
- Try entering the desired URL into Google’s search
- Use Google Cache
- Disable Proxy
- Change hosts file
If you’re looking for a browser that’s not affected by this error, you can install UR Browser.
That’s the best approach if you don’t have the time to go through all the troubleshooting steps listed in this guide.
Solution 1 – Check your URL
As we previously mentioned, this error can appear if you spelled the website URL improperly. While entering URL make sure that the path after forward slash is correct. It’s possible that you mistyped the path thus causing error 404 to appear.
If your URL is correct, you should know that this error can appear if the desired page is moved or deleted. If that’s the case, your only solution is to wait until this issue is fixed or contact the website administrator.
Solution 2 – Clear your cache
Users reported that this issue can be caused by your browser cache, and one of the easiest ways to fix this problem is to delete the browser cache.
To clear cache in Google Chrome, follow these simple steps:
- Click the Menu button in the top right corner and choose Settings from the menu.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Show advanced settings.
- In the Privacy section click the Clear browsing data button.
- In the Obliterate the following items from menu choose the beginning of time option.
- Check Cookies and other site and plugin data, Cached images and files and Hosted app data.
- Click the Clear browsing data button and wait for the process to finish.
- After the process is completed, restart Chrome and check if the issue is resolved.
Even if you don’t use Google Chrome you can easily clear your cache by following the similar steps in your web browser.
Solution 3 – Try entering the desired URL into Google’s search
If you can’t access a certain URL, you might want to enter it in Google search. Even if you enter the wrong URL address, Google should give you the link to the correct address in your search results, so try to access the website by using the link from Google’s search results.
If the problem persists even while using Google’s search results, it’s quite possible that the desired page is moved or deleted by the website administrator.
Solution 4 – Use Google Cache
To prevent these types of problems, Google often caches web pages so you can view them even if the page is removed or if the website is down.
To access Google Cache, simply enter http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://yoururl.com and press Enter.
Remember to replace http://yoururl.com with the URL that you’re trying to access. If Google Cache can’t open the URL, it probably means that the URL address is wrong.
Solution 5 – Disable Proxy
- Press Windows Key + S and enter internet options. Select Internet Options from the menu.
- Go to Connections tab and click LAN settings.
- Make sure that Automatically detect settings and Use a proxy server for your LAN options aren’t checked. Click OK.
- Click Apply and OK to save changes.
Alternatively, you can use Settings app to turn off proxy. To do that, follow these steps:
- Open Settings app and go to Network & Internet.
- Navigate to Proxy tab.
- Turn off Automatically detect settings and Use a proxy server options.
Solution 6 – Change hosts file
Few users reported that they can’t access their favourite websites due to this error. If you can’t access only one or two websites, your hosts file might be changed by a malicious user or malicious software.
Fortunately, you can fix this error by doing the following:
- Open Notepad.
- Go to File > Open.
- Go to C:WindowsSystem32driversetc folder and in the bottom right corner change Text Documents (*.txt) to All Files.
- Select hosts and click Open.
- Now you need to locate the name of the website that is giving you error 404 and remove those lines. Users reported having these lines for example:
- 126.96.36.199 localhost
- 188.8.131.52 facebook.com
- 184.108.40.206 www.facebook.com
After removing the problematic lines, save changes and the error should be permanently fixed. Keep in mind that those lines might look different on your PC.
Removing the wrong lines can cause problems with certain applications, therefore it might be a good idea to create backup of hosts file.
HTTP Error 404 is one of the most common errors on the Internet, but we hope that you managed to solve this problem by using the solutions from this article.
If you are aware of another fix to this problem or have questions regarding Error 404, feel free to share them in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.