Resolving host error in Chrome browser [7 Steps]

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  • The domain name service (DNS) translates URLs you enter into the respective IP addresses of the websites' hosts.
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The Resolving host error in Google Chrome disrupts your browsing experience. Chrome is the most used web browser in the world, and it has this status for good reasons.

The browser is fast, has a great in-built download manager, and a massive library of useful extensions. However, it’s not free from issues.

Sometimes, when you open a web page, it delays for a while and returns the annoying Resolving Host error in the status bar.

This issue comes up when the pre-fetching operation in Google Chrome goes wrong, due to several factors. This issue also affects Safari, Firefox, Edge, and other major web browsers.

Why does my browser keep saying resolving the host?

Resolving host means your browser is translating web addresses you enter in your browser’s address bar into the IP addresses of the sites you want to visit.

If your internet is poor or misconfigured, the browser wouldn’t be able to locate the correct IP address and returns the resolving host error.

How do I fix the Resolving Host error?

1. Flush DNS Cache and reset TCP/IP

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  1. Press the Windows Key + R.
  2. Type cmd in the Run dialog box and hit Enter.
  3. In Command Prompt, type the following commands and press Enter:
    ipconfig /release

    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /renew
  4. Exit Command Prompt.

If done correctly, you will see the message Successfully flushed the DNS Resolve Cache.


2. Clear your browser’s DNS cache

  1. Launch Chrome and enter chrome://net-internals/#dns in the URL bar.
  2. Click on the Clear host cache button.

3. Disable IPv6 to fix the resolving host error

  1. Right-click on the network icon on your taskbar and select Open Network & Internet Settings.open-network-settings-resolving-host-error
  2. Click on Change adapter options.adapter-settings-resolving-host-error
  3. Right-click on your active connection and hit Properties.
  4. Find Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and unmark the checkbox beside it.
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  5. Click on the OK button.

4. Disable DNS prediction

  1. Start Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three dots in the top right corner of the window and select Settings.resolving-host-error- settings-chrome
  3. Click on Advanced.advanced-settings-chrome-resolving-host-error
  4. Toggle off the Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly option.

5. Edit hosts profile

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  1. Press the Windows + Q combination.
  2. Type Notepad.
  3. Right-click on Notepad from the results and choose Run as administrator.
  4. Select File and click on Open.
  5. Click on the File type dropdown and select All files (*.*).
  6. Go to Hosts and hit Open.
  7. Clear all the text following the # sign.
  8. Click on the File menu and select Save.
  9. Close Notepad.
  10. Restart your PC.

6. Disable VPN service

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From VPN extensions:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Right-click on the VPN’s icon.
  3. Select the Remove from Chrome option.

Disabling VPN programs:

  1. Launch the VPN application.
  2. Right-click on the VPN icon in your taskbar.
  3. Click on the option to disconnect the VPN service.

7. Disconnect from proxy

  1. Press the Windows button + R combination.
  2. Type msconfig in the Run dialog box and hit Enter.
  3. Navigate to the Boot tab.
  4. Mark the Safe boot checkbox.
  5. Click on the OK button. disable-safe-boot-resolving-host-error
  6. Restart your computer.
  7. Press the Windows key + R combination.
  8. Type inetcpl.cpl in the Run dialog box and press Enter.
  9. Navigate to the Connection tab.
  10. Click on LAN settings button.
  11. Unmark the Use a proxy server for your LAN option and hit OK.disable-proxy-server-resolving-host-error
  12. Return to Step 3 and unmark the Safe boot option.
  13. Click on the OK button.
  14. Restart your computer.

If all seven solutions above don’t fix the resolving host error, do well to contact your internet service provider. Inform that above the challenge and the troubleshooting steps you’ve taken so far.

At this point, your ISP can fix the problem from their end or recommend further troubleshooting steps.