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Resolving DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Google Chrome Error



Error Message :

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error Message


    The server at website url can't be found, because the DNS lookup failed. DNS is the network service that translates a website's name to its Internet address. This error is most often caused by having no connection to the Internet or a misconfigured network. It can also be caused by an unresponsive DNS server or a firewall preventing Google Chrome from accessing the network.

    Error code: DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN



If you are getting DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error message when you are trying to access a website on Google's Chrome Browser, then its due to DNS lookup failure



What is DNS ?


    Its an acronym for Domain Name Server. They are like phonebook for Internet. These servers maintain a directory of domain names and it corresponding IP address.

    As a Simple Example its something like this :

    www.google.com => 173.194.117.84
    www.yahoo.com => 106.10.139.246
    www.bing.com => 204.79.197.200


    www.google.com it the domain name where as 173.194.117.84 is its IP address. We have domain names because its easy for us humans to remembers names instead of IP addresses. We need them because the machines access websites using domain names.

Why this error ?



    When you type in a website url in your browser, the first step that the browser does it "Resolving the URL DNS" so it queries the DNS server and tried to find the IP address, but it seems that the DNS server is not able to fetch the response or is not accessible at all because, you have either misconfigured DNS settings in your Internet/Network settings or the firewall is preventing browser to access the network.




Steps to resolve this error ?


    1. Check if the issue persists on all websites your trying to reach, if yes the just check your Internet settings again.

    2. Try contacting your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and ask for the DNS settings.

    3. If you are not able to access a particular website through any of the web browsers then it may be because the website may be blocked by the government or ISP in your country.




Some Trouble shooting steps


    For Windows Operating system users (Windows XP,7,8,10),

      1. Press Ctrl + R to open RUN prompt.

      2. type : services.msc

      3. Look for DNS Client

      4. Right Click on DNS Client and click : Restart

      5. Restart Chrome and it should work.















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