Getting “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN” error in Google Chrome? This error usually means the browser unable to resolve the domain name (website name) you are trying to access. Usually, when you try to visit any web page, the browser sends a request to a DNS (Domain Name System) server to resolve the domain name into an IP address. In short, the DNS server acts like translating the domain name into the corresponding IP address that the computer can understand. But if due to any reason, DNS server fails to resolve the domain name the browser fails to reach the destination and displays an error message, such as “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN” or “server not found.”
Reason for dns_probe_finished_nxdomain error?
Well, there are several reasons why DNS server fails to resolve a domain name and displays the error DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN. Incorrect DNS settings, the DNS client service not running, problems with network connectivity or the domain name does not exist are common. And Resetting the TCP/IP configuration and configuring DNS settings to use Google Public probably fix the DNS Probe Finished NXdomain error on Windows 11.
Check and ensure, the domain name (website) you are trying to visit is active on the internet, you can check the same on ICANN lookup
Also ensure the Chrome browser is up to date with the latest version, which bring the latest bug fixes and optimization.
Check internet working
Well first check and ensure the internet connection working, you confirm the same with a different browser, or on a different computer. In addition, if you are using VPN, just disconnect it and try access the website again. because some websites are blocked with VPN due to Geographical restrictions, Blacklisted IP addresses, Firewall, or security measures.
Sometimes, your antivirus or firewall can interfere with your DNS settings and cause issues with website loading. You can temporarily disable your antivirus or firewall and see if that resolves the error.
In addition, press Windows key + R, type ipconfig /flushdns and press ok, this will flush DNS cache and probably fix the problem. Also Rebooting the router will flush the caches and cease any pending or broken connections to start the new ones. Again open Chrome browser, type chrome://net-internals/#dns, press enter key then click on the Clear host cache button.
Clear Chrome’s Cache and Cookies
Sometimes browser cache or cookies is the reason behind this problem. And you should try clearing Chrome’s cache and cookies to fix the error. These files can sometimes become corrupted, causing issues with website loading.
To clear the cache and cookies in Chrome:
- First Open Chrome and click the three dots in the top-right corner.
- Click on “More tools” then “Clear browsing data.”
- Here select the time range between last 24 hr to “All time”, check “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files.”
- And finally, Click “Clear data.”
In addition, type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar to display all extensions installed and enabled on your computer. Try to disable all of them and check if the dns probe finished nxdomain Error is gone.
Restart DNS Client Service
The next thing you need to ensure the DNS client service is running. If due to any reason, DNS client service not started or is stuck running this may cause a problem DNS server fails to resolve a domain name and result DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error in Windows 11.
- Press the Windows key + R, type services.msc and click ok
- This will open Windows services, scroll down to locate DNS client service,
- Right-click on DNS client service select the restart option,
- If the service not started, double-click on DNS client to open properties,
- Change the startup type automatic and start the service next to service status.
- Click apply then ok to save changes.
Or you can open the command prompt as administrator then run the command net stop dnscache and net start dnscache to restart the DNS client service on Windows 11.
Change DNS Address
Sometimes, your default DNS server can be the cause of the “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN” error on Windows 11. Lets change your DNS servers to Google’s public DNS servers and check if this helps.
- Press the Windows key + R, type ncpa.cpl and click ok to open the network connections window,
- Right-click on active network adapter / Wi-Fi adapter select properties,
- Click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and select “Properties.”
- Now select the radio button Use the following DNS server Addresses and Set Preferred DNS Server: 184.108.40.206, Alternative DNS Server: 220.127.116.11.
- Don’t Forget to a checkmark on Validate settings upon Exit, Click Ok, and Close the Network connection window.
- Now restart Windows, After that open Google Chrome and open any web page hope there is no more DNS probe finished nxdomain error.
Reset Network Configuration Settings
The above solutions fail to fix the problem, still getting DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error on Chrome Windows 11? Open the command prompt as administrator and run the following commands to reset the TCP/IP stack, fix most of the internet problems on your computer.
- netsh winsock reset
- netsh int ip set dns
- ipconfig /release
- ipconfig /renew
- ipconfig /flushdns
Once the commands are executed, reboot your PC and check if the internet working normally and you can access the web page without any errors.
Run Network troubleshooter
Also, you can run the built-in network troubleshooter that automatically diagnoses and fix problems related to the network adapter that causing the internet not working on your PC.
- Press the Windows key + X and select settings
- Go to the system then troubleshoot and click on other troubleshooters
- Click Run next to the network adapter, then select the adapter to diagnose and follow on-screen instructions.
- Once the diagnosis is complete, reboot your computer and check if the issue is resolved.
Few user report, Reset Chrome Experimental Features help them fix the problem. Open Chrome, type chrome://flags and press the enter key, then click on Reset all.