In this article, we will learn about dns_probe_finished_nxdomain and how to fix it manually without using any software and spending money.

We try to open any specific website which gives an error of dns_probe_finished_nxdomain saying “The site can’t be reached”.


There are many ways to fix this DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error on every device and Browser, but before fixing we must know what DNS PROBE FINISHED NO INTERNET is and why we receive mostly on Google Chrome.


BE PATIENCE AND RELAX this error is fixable and you will fix it within 15 minutes.


Note:- This blog contains all the troubleshooting steps for MICROSOFT, MAC and Android users



DNS is a short form of Domain name system which translates IP address to hostname and hostname to IP.

So when you put any URL in the browser DNS connects that URL to the IP address of the server.

So whenever DNS fails to resolve name or address it may give an error like DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG.

This error or problem can appear in a different way depending on the browser you are using.



There are many ways and step to fix the errors like DNS PROBE FINISHED BAD CONFIG depending on which method works.

Below we will provide the steps for WINDOWS, MAC, and ANDROID.

WINDOWS USERS Follow the steps to fix dns_probe_finished_nxdomain


FIX #1. Confirm the URL typed and Reset the browser to fix dns_probe_finished_nxdomain

Keep in mind, troubleshooting always starts with the basic step which we skip most of the time.

So let’s check the URL you typed is correct or not for ex:- if you have typed  instead of you may receive errors like DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET.


Recheck the URL you typed and optimize or reset your browser.



FIX #2. Reset Chrome Flags to default to FIX dns_probe_finished_nxdomain

Chrome Flags contains many features like smooth scrolling, and whenever we visit Chrome flags or through different ways to change other features as well we may get messed up with errors like DNS PROBE FINISHED NO INTERNET.

So resetting chrome flags setting to default may fix your problem.

Type chrome://flags

Click on Reset all to defaults



FIX #3. Check your Windows Localhost file to fix dns_probe_finished_nxdomain

Local Host File is located in the System 32 of the C drive where the DNS entries are mapped to IP address.

So, if DNS entry of the website which you are having trouble with is present in that Host file you may receive an error of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG

So let’s make sure your website is not listed within the local host file, and if it’s there we need to delete it from there.

  • Download Notepad ++
  • Open RUN box by pressing Windows key + R key



  • Type C: WindowsSystem32driversetc on the RUN box
  • Next screen of the etc folder will come which will display you the Host File
  • Right-click on the host file and open with Notepad++
  • Now you will see the Host file with all DNS address displayed, make sure your website is not listed there.
  • If it’s there, delete it and restart the computer



I hope this will fix your issue of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN and if not proceed to the next step.


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IP addresses are assigned by the DHCP server where you get an IP address to access the Internet.

Command and its use

ipconfig /release:- this command is used to release the client lease by sending the server a DHCP release notification to confirm IP address availability.

 ipconfig /flushdns:- The DNS contains all the information of converting a hostname into IP address, so like browser cache DNS cache should also be cleared by performing this command.

 ipconfig /renew:- Once we send a request to release IP address now through this command we can request the DHCP server for a new IP address


How to run these commands

  • Type CMD on Windows search which is on the left-hand bottom, once the result comes up, right-click on it and Run as Administrator




  • Once the black window of CMD come up type ipconfig /release and hit Enter
  • Once release done successfully type ipconfig /flushdns and hit
  • Finally, type ipconfig/ renew and hit Enter



  • Restart the computer

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET Error should be fixed here and if not proceed to the next step


FIX #5. Restart DNS Client service and change of DNS Server

As now, we know the problem is only with the DNS, so if the above steps also not working we have to finally proceed with the next troubleshooting steps.

In this method, you have to restart the DNS client-server and change the DNS address.

Steps to Restart DNS Client Service

  • Press Windows key + R key to bring a RUN box.
  • Type services.msc on the RUN box to bring services console




  • Now look for DNS client services, right-click on it, and Restart.
  • You can also restart through command prompt by using two commands


net stop dnscache

net start dnscache



Steps to change DNS server

  • Press Windows key + R key to bring the RUN box
  • Type ncpa.cpl and press OK to open Network Properties
  • You will see different network connections like Local area Network, Wireless area network and maybe a few others.



  • Right-click on the one you are using and click properties
  • Now select Network protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click properties
  • At the bottom of the new window, you will see “use the following DNS server address”
  • Now you can use public DNS server address of Google or Cloudflare




Google Preferred DNS address:-

Google Alternate DNS address:- 

Cloudflare Preferred DNS address:-

Cloudflare Alternate DNS address:-

FIX #6. Reset Winsock to FIX dns_probe_finished_nxdomain

Winsock manages all the incoming and outgoing connection requests in Windows.

So let’s reset the Winsock as well which can also fix dns_probe_finished_nxdomain.


  • Search for CMD and run as administrator
  • Type netsh winsock reset and hit Enter 
  • Restart the PC


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FIX #7. Optimize your Device 

 Unnecessary programs and junk can also affect your browsing, so make sure you delete all the apps from your program which are not of use or unidentified.

You can also try disabling VPN and an Antivirus program on a temporary basis, just to check it’s not creating an issue.

Keep optimizing your device for various fix and fast performance

Check your Internet speed as well


Hopefully, the above 7 steps for Windows users will help to fix the errors like DNS PROBE FINISHED NO INTERNET and DNS PROBE FINISHED BAD CONFIG.


Make sure If the above methods do not work, do not forget to contact your Internet service provider too as the problem can also be because of

  • Internet fluctuation
  • slow connection
  • connection break



FIX #1. Check the URL you entered to fix dns_probe_finished_nxdomain

Most of the time we repeat a basic mistake like typing the wrong URL on the address bar like typing instead of

Typing the wrong URL may give you an error like DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET.

So recheck the URL you typed


FIX #2. Check you MAC local host File

Like Windows, Mac users can also check their Local host file to make sure that the website they are trying to open is not listed on their local host file

  • Open Terminal by searching from the search box or through Utility
  • Type sudo nano /private/etc/hosts and hit Enter
  • In the next windows make sure the website is not listed on that box
  • If yes remove the website from the box



  • Restart the Computer



MAC users following these steps can fix this error of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN

  • Locate to Apple logo on the very left-hand top and click System Preferences




  • Now click on Network and then Advanced
  • Click on TCP/IP tab and then on Renew DHCP lease button




  • Open Terminal by searching from the search box or through Utilities
  • Type following command on Terminal
  • Dscacheutil –flushcache and hit Enter
  • Restart the Computer


FIX #4. Change of DNS Server to FIX dns_probe_finished_nxdomain

MAC users can also change the DNS address on their device to fix an error of DNS  PROBE FINISHED BAD CONFIG

  • Locate to Apple logo again and click System Preferences
  • Click on Network and Advanced
  • Click on the DNS tab
  • Add following DNS server address



Google Preferred DNS address:-

Google Alternate DNS address:-

Cloudflare Preferred DNS address:-

Cloudflare Alternate DNS address:-

  • Restart the Computer


MAC users following these 4 steps can get rid of the errors like                         DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN or DNS PROBE FINISHED BAD CONFIG


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Android users may also face errors like DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG while browsing on Chrome or another browser.

FIX #1. Check your Internet connection and Data

  • Make sure you are in the network area
  • Check the data of your plan if you are using Mobile Data
  • If you see an exclamation mark in the Internet icon on the top, restart your phone
  • Restart your router and modem if you are connected through Wi-Fi
  • Turn on the Airplane mode, reset the browser and close all the open tabs
  • Turn off the Airplane mode after 1 minute


FIX #2. Clear your Browser Cache and History to fix dns_probe_finished_nxdomain

  • Go to Settings of your Android phone
  • In Settings look for Apps or Apps Manager
  • In the Apps, section look for the Chrome app



  • Clear data and Cache from the Chrome app
  • Restart the phone


FIX #3. Make some changes in Google Play updates

  • Go to Settings and select Security
  • Click Device administrators and then on Deactivate Android device manager and close it


  • Again go back to Settings, click Apps and look for Google play services and hit Uninstall updates
  • Now we need to again Activate the Android device manager by going to Device administrators
  • Reboot your phone


FIX #4. Allow all Permission for Chrome

  • Go to Settings and look for Apps or Apps Manager
  • Find Chrome and give all Permission under Permission
  • Go back to Apps or Apps Manager again tap on menu icon
  • Click Reset App preferences and restart the phone



FIX #5. Reset your Phone Network Settings

  • Go to Settings and look for Reset option(In Samsung you can find in General management)
  • Tap on Reset WI-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth
  • Tap on Reset settings and connect to your network again


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Frequently Asked Question


Question: – How do I fix DNS error on Google Chrome?

Answer: – Open Google Chrome and type chrome://net-internals/#dns on the search box, and follow the steps

  • In the DNS tab, click on Clear Host Cache box.
  • Now click on sockets tab, and click Flush socket pools
  • Restart Chrome and Device


Question: – Does flushing DNS speed up the Internet?

Answer: Many times, YES. Clear your cache to speed up the Internet




Hope through the above android troubleshooting steps you will be able to fix                     DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN or DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG.

This method may take some time but you will definitely gain much information to fix such or similar errors by yourself.

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