This error can be encountered for a couple of reasons, which we will talk in this article. Also sometimes, the website could not be able to load in other browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc…).

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Why is this error occuring?

In my personnal case, I often get this error when I modify one of my website’s DNS. My DNS cache still point on the old server and there is nothing there anymore. Sometime the cache takes a few days to reset and I don’t want to wait that much long. I need to be able to access the new website as soon as possible, so I’m using the following technique to be able to access the website.
You may get this error even if you didn’t modify any DNS. Maybe website’s owner did modify the DNS information and you get this error because of that.
Also sometime, this error can occurs if you have a misconfigured network or simply no internet connection. In that case, try following this tutorial, but it may not work for you.

How to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error

With the following solution, I assume that you are on Windows.

1- You need first to open your Network and Sharing Center. Go in your Windows’ control panel to find this. You may also perform a Windows searchin order to find it.

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2- Click on Change adapter settings at the top left.

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3- Right click on your network and select Properties.

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4- Select Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.

5- Select Use the following DNS server adresses and enter the following adresses:

Preferred DNS: 8.8.8.8
Alternate DNS: 8.8.4.4

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That’s it. The website should display well now.

If you still have the error message, try following this other solution.

Solution 2: Flush all DNS cache with command prompt

If you already were on those DNS settings when loading the website, you may try to revert those settings in order to be able to load the website (select “Obtain DNS server address automatically”). If it still doesn’t work, try the following steps to flush your DNS cache.

1- Run command prompt as administrator.

2- Type the following (each line is a separate command so press enter between each command):
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /all
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /renew
netsh int ip set dns
netsh winsock reset

 

3- Restart your PC and it should be working now.

If it is still not working, well, this is a bad day for you. Fortunatly, there is still hope.

Solution 3: Reset DNS settings in Chrome

As a last attempt, you may try to reset your DNS settings in Chrome directly. Note that if the website doesn’t load in other browsers, this solution will probably not work for you, but if you only get this error with Chrome, you may be able to fix this.

1- Type

chrome://flags/

in your address bar in Chrome.

2- On the right, click on the Reset all to default button.

3- Restart Google Chrome.

Here we go!

I hope that this little tutorial helped you. Let me know if that worked for you in the comments below!

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