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DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN is an error message that can appear in your web browser when you try to access a website. This error indicates that the Domain Name System (DNS) could not find the IP address associated with the domain name you entered.

When you enter a domain name into your browser, your computer sends a request to a DNS server to convert the domain name into an IP address, which is used to identify the web server hosting the website. If the DNS server cannot find the IP address associated with the domain name, it will return the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error message.

There are several reasons why this error may occur, including issues with your internet connection, problems with the website’s DNS configuration, or errors in your computer’s DNS settings. To fix the error, you can try restarting your router, clearing your browser cache, or changing your DNS server settings. If these steps do not work, you may need to contact your internet service provider or the website’s administrator for further assistance.

We do happen to face a problem sometime when using the Google Chrome Browser to access various websites, sometimes web page failed to load on time and you see this DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error.

This is so annoying for everyone, to get rid of this error from your chrome browser, here are the top best methods for you to fix the Google Chrome problem.


Domain Name System is the abbreviation of DNS, in the internet world every website has a different IP address given by the servers, after some time new inventions like World Wide Web so now we do not have to use the IP address to visit the website instead of IP.

Let me share a live example with you if you want to visit a website you have to write a proper domain address like www.google.com by writing that website name to your browser address bar and you will get there.

Nevertheless, the main IP address of that website is 124.352.25.65.1. Getting a perfect match your browser uses a DNS to match the name of the domain to the IP address. Additionally, what browser needs an IP address to show you the website that you want to visit?

After adding that address to the website the DNS will start looking for that website but sometimes it won’t get a pass to it and you an error message showing instead of a website.

Let’s move further to fix that problem.

How to Fix This Error?

Google Chrome Must be updated to the Latest Version

Sometimes we see errors and we are unable to find a better solution, many problems we receive due to not updating chrome to the latest version.

Browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer get initially automatic updates, however, due to some reason it won’t auto-update so we have to do it manually.

In the First Step #

Open your chrome browser and at the very right top, you will see three dots, click on them to have the customization panel of chrome open for you.

For reference, here’s a screenshot for you.


Second Step #

Click to open the menu options, Select “Help” and then click on “About Google Chrome”


Third Step #

A screen will open with a message containing “Chrome is Checking for Updates”.

After that, you have to restart the Google Chrome Browser to see if the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error is gone or not.


If you are still unable to get rid of that error then you must keep following the other methods.

Flushing the Windows DNS Cache

Windows does store DNS cache files that lead to sometimes this error, it helps the browser to get the right IP address of the website that you want to visit.

By following this method, you will get rid of this error.

Step No # 1

Go to the Start Menu and type “Command Prompt”. Now right-click on the command prompt option and choose “Run as Administrator” from its menu.

Now permit to make changes after selecting “Yes” to work on the command prompt.


Step No # 2

Enter the command “ipconfig /release” without any quotations, press enter to run this command.


Step No # 3

Now, enter “ipconfig /flushdns” without quotations. Press [Enter] again.


Step No # 4

Next, type in “ipconfig /renew” without quotation marks. Press Enter.


Step No # 5

Finally, type “exit” without quotation marks. Press [Enter]. This closes the Command Prompt.

Now try again to access the web page and see if it works.


If you still do not see, any progress then follows this step.

Cleaning Google Chrome Cache

This method does help some users, cleaning your Google Chrome Cache might help you to clear that error.

Follow these steps to clean the chrome cache:

Step No # 1

Go to the Chrome browser and click again on the three dots to the top right.


Step No # 2

Go to the “More tools” options. A side menu will appear. Select the option to “Clear browsing data.”


Step No # 3

A window will new pop-up will appear, now you have to open the “Advanced” tab. Select “Cookies and other website data” and also “Cached images and files.” Now Clear Data from the beginning of time.


Step No # 4

You will see there is no data left in the cookies and the Google chrome cache is clear, reset the Chrome browser and open it again to see if the problem is resolved.

This solution might help you but if you still face that problem continues with the following method.

Clearing Chrome’s DNS Cache

Visiting risky and untrusted websites can create problems like that, these websites can cause serious trouble for you.

It can corrupt your cache and can harm other websites leading to DNS errors.

Follow this method to resolve this issue.

Step No # 1

Follow this address and you will have the access to the Chrome DNS cache “chrome://net-internals/#dns” paste this to your chrome search bar. Now you will see the DNS page. Click on the “Clear host cache” button.


Step No # 2

In this step just copy and paste this address to the search bar “chrome://net-internals/#sockets”. That will show you the Chrome Sockets page, where you finds the “Flush socket pools” click on that button.


Reset the Windows Sockets

Sometimes the IP address settings of the computer get corrupt and could not be configured accordingly, which would also cause DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error. Before we move any further just make sure you have already created a system restore point.

Step No # 1

Open the Command Prompt from the start-up menu “Command Prompt”. Now right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator.” Click on “Yes” to allow it to make changes to your computer.


Step No # 2

Now type “netsh winsock reset catalog” into the command prompt, and press Enter.


Step No # 3

From here, you will see a confirmation about the Catalog is reset. Therefore, it will show a message to restart your computer, just leave it as it is that won’t be a problem. Open up the new command prompt, write these words “netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log” and Press Enter.


Step No # 4

After that type, this “netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log” and hit Enter.


Step No # 5

Now close the command prompt, from the start menu restart your computer to effect the changes.


Now see if the problem is resolved if not then continue to the next method.