Fix: “Err_connection_aborted” issue in Windows 10

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The err_connection_aborted error is one some might have come across when opening a website page in Google Chrome. This is an error that comes up as a consequence of the site not supporting SSLv3 (Secure Socket Layer). It might also be down to a program blocking access to the website, or it could just be the site’s temporarily down. The err_connection_aborted error states:

This site can’t be reached

The webpage might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.


Although the error can appear when accessing basically any site, here are some of the most reported:

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • WordPress
  • Google

How to fix the “Err_connection_aborted” error with Google Chrome

Table of contents: 

  1. Check if the Site’s Temporarily Down
  2. Disable SSLv3 in Google Chrome
  3. Disable Anti-Virus Software and Firewall
  4. Run sfc/scannow in the Command Prompt
  5. Reset Google Chrome
  6. Reinstall Google Chrome
  7. Flush DNS
  8. Run the Troubleshooter
  9. Run DISM

Fix: “Err_connection_aborted” Google Chrome error in Windows 10

Solution 1 – Check if the Site’s Temporarily Down

As stated, it might be the case that the website’s just down. A quick way to tell is to open this page. Type the URL of the page that isn’t opening into the text box and click or just me? The Downforeveryoneorjustme page will then tell you if the site is down or not.

Solution 2 – Disable Anti-Virus Software and Firewall

So if highlights that the site is not  down, it might be that anti-virus software or the firewall is blocking the site opening. You can disable the Windows 10 firewall as follows:

  1. Enter ‘Windows firewall’ in the Cortana search box and select Windows Firewall.
  2. Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off to open the options shown below.
  3. sslThen select the Turn off Windows Firewall radio buttons.
  4.  To disable anti-virus software, right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager. Then right-click any virus software on the Processes tab and select End task.

Solution 3 – Disable SSLv3 in Google Chrome

  1. Another thing you could do is disable SSLv3 in your Google Chrome browser. To do that, first add a Chrome shortcut to the desktop. Then right-click the Chrome desktop shortcut, select Properties and click the Shortcut tab as below.
  2. ssl2Then click inside the Target field text box, add a space after the ” and enter –ssl-version-min=tls1 as shown directly below.
  3. ssl3Press the Apply button and click OK to apply the new settings and close window.
  4. Then reset your router after disabling SSLv3.

Solution 4– Run sfc/scannow in the Command Prompt

  1. Thirdly, you could run sfc/scannow to fix err_connection_aborted. This scans and fixes corrupt system files in Windows, which could be behind the err_connection_aborted issue. Press the Win key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  2. Now type ‘sfc/scannow’ into the Command Prompt window and press Enter.
  3. That will initiate a system scan which might take a while. Once done, it will have repaired corrupted system files that might have caused the error.

Solution 5 – Reset Google Chrome

If none of the previous solutions managed to get the job done, the next thing we’re going to try is resetting the Chrome browser itself. But before we proceed, keep in mind this will erase all your personal data, like saved passwords, cache, and cookies. So, make sure you have a backup ready.

First, we’re going to delete all the Chrome data from your computer:

  1. Press the Win key at the same time. The Run window will open.
  2. Type the following path and press Enter: %USERPROFILE%AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Data
  3. Now, copy the Default folder somewhere else, and delete it from the User Data folder.

Now that we’ve gotten rid of the data, it’s time to reset the browser itself:

  1. Open Google Chrome and go to Settings (from the three-dot menu)
  2. In the Settings window, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down, and click the Reset column.
  4. The new window will open, asking if you’re sure you want to reset Google Chrome. Click Reset to confirm.
  5. Wait for the process to finish, and restart Chrome.

Solution 6 – Reinstall Google Chrome

Reinstallation has been one of the most popular troubleshooters for all kinds of problems for ages. And if the problem still persists, you can go old-school, and use the solution you’ve been using your whole life.

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Now that we’re done promoting our sponsors and deleting Google Chrome, you should install the browser again. Just download it from Google’s official site. If the error is gone, our job here is done. If not, proceed to the next workaround.

 Solution 7 – Flush DNS

Wrong DNS settings can cause a havoc in your browser. So, we’re going to flush your DNS, just in case. That way, everything will get back to normal, and hopefully, the error will disappear. Here’s how to flush DNS in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, and open the Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. When Command Prompt opens type the following lines and press Enter after each one:
    • ipconfig /flushdns
    • ipconfig /registerdns
    • ipconfig /release
    • ipconfig /renew
    • NETSH winsock reset catalog
    • NETSH int ipv4 reset reset.log
    • NETSH int ipv6 reset reset.log
    • Exit

Solution 8 – Run the Troubleshooter

If you’re running Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (2017 version) or later, you have a handy troubleshooting tool at your service. This tool can resolve various system and app issues. So, if none of the previous solutions work, it’s a good idea to give this troubleshooter a try.

Here’s how to run Windows 10‘s troubleshooting tool:

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Head over to Updates & Security > Troubleshoot.
  3. Now, click Internet Connections, and go to Run the troubleshooter.
  4. Follow further instructions, and let the wizard finish the process.
  5. Restart your computer.

If the problem still persists, repeat the process, but this time go with Program Compatibility Troubleshooter instead of Internet Connections.

Solution 9 – Run DISM

There’s one more troubleshooting tool we’ll try here. DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) will deploy the system image once again, and resolve some issues along the way. Hopefully, this error will be resolved, as well.

Here’s how to run DISM in Windows 10:

  1. Type cmd in the Windows search bar, right-click on the Command Prompt and run it as an administrator.
  2. In the command line, copy paste these lines one by one and press Enter after each:
    • DISM /online /Cleanup-Image / ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Wait until the procedure ends (it might take up to 10 minutes).
  4. Restart your PC.

So that’s how you can fix the err_connection_aborted error in Windows 10. Then you should be able to open the pages and websites that didn’t open in Google Chrome before.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.