- Your Internet connection is fine but only Google and YouTube sites work so it might be a problem with your browser.
- If you can only access Google sites try opening the websites in another browser.
- The issue can be fixed by manually changing the DNS settings.
- Switching the Windows Firewall to default settings can also resolve this problem.
Some users have posted on support forums about a curious issue in which only Google sites work, such as Google.com and YouTube, in their browsers.
Aside from Google sites, no other websites open even though there’s an internet connection. One user stated in a forum post:
The computer is saying I’m connected to the internet, but only Google.com is working on both IE and Chrome. On other websites I’m getting the message This page can’t be displayed.
If you’re limited to google search site only, check out some of the fixes below.
First, try opening pages in another web browser to check if it’s a browser-specific issue. There are plenty to choose from, and the Opera browser is one of the best.
This browser incorporates a built-in VPN, ad-blocker, and other anti-tracking measures as well as a Crypto Wallet, Workspaces to group tabs together and so much more.
Once you activate and use the built-in VPN, you might find that all websites are loading. This probably means that your normal IP address got somehow temporarily banned.
Make the switch to Opera now, and enjoy free browsing behind the built-in, free VPN service.
What can I do if only Google sites work?
1. Change the DNS Settings
- Press the Windows key + X and select Run.
- Enter the following command in Run’s text box and click OK to open the Network and Sharing Center:
control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
- Click Change adapter settings to open the connections in the Control Panel as below.
- Right-click the network connection and select Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) on the Networking tab.
- Then click the Properties button, which will open the window in the snapshot directly below.
- Select the Use the following DNS server addresses radio button.
- Enter 22.214.171.124 in the Preferred DNS server box.
- Then input 126.96.36.199 in the Alternative DNS server box as below.
- Click the OK button.
A lot of users have fixed the error by changing their DNS to Google DNS so give it a shot by following the steps above.
2. Restore the Windows Firewall to default
- Open the search utility by pressing the Windows key + S hotkey.
- Enter Windows Defender Firewall as the search keyword.
- Click on Windows Defender Firewall to open that Control Panel applet.
- Click Restore defaults to open the button below.
- Then click the Restore defaults button.
- Note that some apps might stop working after restoring the firewall to default. So, it might be worth setting up a System Restore point before restoring the firewall to default just in case.
Windows Defender Firewall can be blocking the websites that you are trying to access so restoring it to the default settings might fix the issue for some users.
3. Reboot the router
Rebooting the router is another potential solution. Unplug the router from power for at least 10 seconds and plug it back in. Wait for it to reboot (it usually takes about 30 seconds)
You need to know that until the router reboots, your connection will drop for all the devices that were connected.
You can also reset the router to its factory settings by using the dedicated reset button that you will find somewhere on its back.
But keep in mind that you will have to reconfigure the router with the settings from your ISP.
4. Reset TCP/IP
- Press Windows key + S, and type cmd in the search tab.
- Click on Run as administrator to start Command Prompt with elevated privileges.
- Then input the following commands separately and press Enter after each one:
- Close Command Prompt after entering each of the above commands.
- Restart Windows.
Users have also confirmed that resetting TCP/IP can also fix the problem if you can only access Google sites. To do that, follow the steps above.
The resolutions above will fix non-Google websites not opening for most users. If you face any other network issues, check our list with the best software to fix network problems in Windows 10.
If only Google works on Wi-Fi, you might want to check out these fixes or feel free to share your own troubleshooting suggestions in the comments section below.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the Internet is connected, but only Google sites load, you might want to change the DNS settings. Here’s an expert guide on what to do if a website won’t open.
The first thing you should do is to end all Google Chrome processes from Task Manager and see if that helps. Check out a complete expert guide on how to deal with Google Chrome not loading pages properly.
Try clearing your cache or consider switching to a different browser.