How to fix “DNS_Probe_Finished_NxDomain Error”

The DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error is very confusing, but it’s usually pretty easy to fix. This is probably the first time you’ve seen it, but it’s actually one of the most common Chrome DNS errors. This article describes the following troubleshooting techniques:

  • Restarting the DNS Client Service;
  • Renewing the IP address;
  • DNS server change;
  • Temporarily disable VPN and antivirus software.

Method 1

The DNS Client service resolves and caches names that are enabled by default in Windows 10. Basically, restarting the service resolves the error. Do the following:

  • On your keyboard, press the Win + R key (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to invoke Run.
  • Type “services.msc” and press Enter.
  • Press D on your keyboard to find an item faster.
  • Tap it with the right mouse button and click “Restart”.
  • Close your browser and try again to visit the webpage.

Method 2

If you’ve visited the site before, the IP address is probably stored in a cache. This is done to reduce bandwidth and return time. When trying to visit a website if the cache is out of date or corrupted, a problem occurs. So for a solution, try clearing the cache and updating the IP address. Follow the next steps:

  • On your keyboard, click Win and R at the same time to invoke a start command.
  • Type “cmd” and tap Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the admin command prompt. (Don’t just select Enter or hit OK, as it won’t open a command prompt in admin mode).
  • Type “ipconfig / release” and press Enter on your keyboard. This is the release of the IP address.
  • Then enter “ipconfig / flushdns”. This is done to flush the DNS cache.
  • Type “ipconfig / renew”.
  • Type “netsh int ip set dns” to reset IP settings.
  • Enter “netsh winsock reset” to reset the Winsock directory.
  • Restart your computer and check if the problem is resolved.

Method 3

Are you using an Internet Service Provider’s DNS server or DNS router? A cheap router sometimes causes a problem. To fix the problem, change your current address to a public Google address (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4). Check your current:

  • Tap Win + R at the same time;
  • Browse through the little icons and click “Network and Sharing Center”;
  • Tap “Ethernet” then the “Details” button;
  • See IPv4 DNS Server.

How to change current to public:

  • Open the Network and Sharing Center;
  • Click “Change adapter settings”;
  • Right click on your network, and select Properties;
  • Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) and click Properties;
  • In the “Use the following addresses” section, set the preferred one as 8.8.8.8 and set the alternative one as 8.8.4.4. Then tap “OK”.

Method 4

VPN (virtual private network) or antivirus software can block DNS. If you are using VPN or antivirus software, temporarily disable them and check if the problem is resolved. IMPORTANT: Be especially careful about websites, as viruses can harm your computer without protection. Hope this article helped you fix the error.

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