Some users have posted on support forums about a curious issue in which they can only open Google sites, such as Google.com and YouTube, in their browsers. Aside from Google sites, no other websites open even though there’s a net 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.’
First, try opening pages in another web browser to check if it’s a browser specific issue. There are plenty to choose from, and UR is a browser that’s certainly worth noting. That browser incorporates a built-in VPN, Download Manager, and an extensive wallpaper gallery. However, if users can’t open any non-Google websites in UR, or any other browsers, either, check out some of the fixes below.
What to do When no Website is Opening Except Google and YouTube?
1. Change the DNS Settings
- A lot of users have fixed the error by changing their DNS to Google DNS. To do that, press the Windows key + X.
- Click Run to open that accessory.
- Enter ‘control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter’ within Run’s text box and click OK to open the Network and Sharing Center.
- Click Change adapter settings to open the connections in the Control Panel as below.
- Right-click the net 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 ‘188.8.131.52’ in the Preferred DNS server box.
- Then input ‘184.108.40.206’ in the Alternative DNS server box as below.
- Click the OK button.
2. Restore the Windows Firewall to Default
- Restoring Windows Defender Firewall to default might fix the issue for some users. Open the search utility by pressing the Windows key + S hotkey.
- Enter ‘Windows Defender Firewall’ as the search keyword.
- Click 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.
3. Reset the Router
Resetting the router is another potential resolution. Turn off and and unplug the router for about 15 minutes. Then plug the router back in, and turn it on.
4. Reset TCP/IP
- Users have also confirmed that resetting TCP/IP can also fix non-Google websites not opening. Open the Win + X menu with the Win + X hotkey.
- Click Command Promp (Admin) to open an elevated Prompt window.
- Then input the following commands separately:netsh winsock reset catalog
netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log
netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log
- Close the Command Prompt after entering each of the above commands.
- Then restart Windows.
The resolutions above will probably fix non-Google websites not opening for most users. Users who have fixed the same issue with other resolutions are welcome to share their fixes below.
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