Last Updated on January 28, 2022
One of the many errors which bug us during our sweet internet journey is the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error. The DNS Probe Finished error is particularly familiar to the Google Chrome (also Microsoft Edge now) users which prevent them from accessing their favourite websites and connecting to other online services via their favourite Chrome browser.
In this post, we will be discussing the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error and how to fix it.
The DNS is the Domain Name System. By default, it is configured to work with the settings provided by your web browser, modem or the Wi-Fi router that you are currently using. This DNS allows your PC or your phone or whatever you are working with to connect with the rest of the internet. Sometimes, however, this configuration is altered or gets incorrectly configured by various programs that try to fiddle with your network settings in exchange for the sweet internet candy. This prevents the applications like Google Chrome from connecting to the correct ports by which it allows you to access the internet.
The DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error can also occur when you are using a custom DNS server to access the internet which is not provided by your ISP. So, in case you need to use a custom DNS server on your PC, make sure that it has > 99% uptime, otherwise, you’ll have a bad time. If the custom DNS is the culprit here, then you can solve the DNS error by setting the defaults for your system by going to the network settings. Regardless, if you don’t know what is causing the DNS probe error, continue to read below for the steps to fix it.
Fixing DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error
For Windows Users:
- Press Win+R keys to open the run dialogue.
- Type cmd in the run box to open the Windows CMD.
- Type the following commands in the command prompt and press enter.
- Now go to the Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Network Connections and right click on your current active connection and select Properties.
- Click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and open its properties.
- Select the Use the following DNS server addresses: and then set the Preferred DNS server to 188.8.131.52 and the Alternate DNS server to 184.108.40.206 and click OK.
- Open the Google Chrome and type “chrome://flags/” without quotes and select Reset all to default.
- Restart your PC.
Note: You can alternatively use a DNS resolver of your choice. When this article was initially written we only had a few options. What are these other options, you may ask? Here they are:
Both of these DNS services are free to use similar to Google DNS.
For Mac Users:
- Launch Terminal on your Mac
- Copy the command given below:
sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder; sleep 2;
Type your password and press enter. This will clear your DNS Cache.
This should normally take care of the issue that you are facing. If not, then proceed to the next steps
Disable Your Antivirus
Many people don’t realize that their antivirus software can actually be more of a hindrance than a help. If you are running Windows 10 or 11 then you probably don’t even need an Antivirus since Windows Defender takes care of everything. Disable your antivirus and check if the problem is solved.
Clear Your Browser DNS Cache
To do this:
- Type “chrome://net-internals/#dns” in the URL Bar
- Click on the “Clear host cache” button
- Type “edge://net-internals/#dns” in the URL Bar
- Click on the “Clear host cache” button
Restart DNS Client Services
DNS Client Service is a Windows Service, the name pretty much explains what it does. So here’s how you can restart it:
- Press Windows + R and Type “services.msc”
- This will open the Services Window
- Locate “DNS Client” and right click on it, and then click Restart.
- This will restart the DNS service on your computer
Last but not the least, restart your router.
After following these steps, the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error will go away. But in case it doesn’t you can also try clearing the cookies, history and cache from your browser.
If any problem still persists, please put a comment below with the exact details of the problem you are having and we will surely help you out.