Many of us make use of Google Chrome to browse the internet, almost everyone in their lifetime has seen the error message DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN at least once. This is not a serious error, you can resolve it yourself easily.
Before getting started, you should be aware of DNS. It stands for domain name servers and is crucial to translate the domain name into the respective IP address of computer system.
While browsing the web you visit many websites on a daily basis, and all these websites carry a unique domain name and their respective IP address. It is practically impossible for us to memorize the hard number based on IP addresses; DNS is helpful in that case. The NXDOMAIN means the internet DNS server is not able to refer to the internet domain name. It is non-existing and is considered as a non-existent domain.
The error DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN happens when the DNS is not able to translate, but there is nothing to panic about it. The troubleshooting is very easy. The default setting helps the DNS to get installed on the laptop router without any hassle. The issue can be sorted in the modem provided by the ISP.
How To Fix Dns_Probe_Finished_Nxdomain Error Code
Here is some simple and quick step to resolve the issue of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN. Even a beginner can follow these steps and solve the issue, and there is no need of any expert intervention. You can try out these troubleshooting techniques yourself
Change the DNS IP address
Usually, the error of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN can get resolved by making necessary changes in the DNS IP address. To get started follow the below-mentioned steps.
- Click on the Network icon and right-click it, you will find the Network icon at the lower right corner of the taskbar. If you are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi, you can see the bars visible on the computer.
- Once you right click you will be redirected to a new window. Choose the option Change Adapter Settings.
- Click on the Change Adapter Setting options, you will notice a new window which has all the connections on your laptop. Locate your Local Area Connection where you are facing DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN.
- Once you locate the connection, right click on it and you will notice a drop-down menu box.
- Select Properties option from the drop-down menu box; here you can notice the properties of all the connections.
- Select the option Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Choose the properties, you will see a window. You will get an option to assign the custom DNS settings. Enter Preferred DNS Server as 188.8.131.52; Alternative DNS Server as 184.108.40.206 in that particular dialog box.
Here’s a short video demonstration of the method:
Flush the DNS
The issue of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN occurs due to DNS. Another workable solution to solve this error is flushing the DNS cache. To clean the DNS cache, follow the steps mentioned below
- Press Windows key and R together, you will notice a dialog box.
- Type cmd and press Enter to open the Command Prompt.
- Once the command prompt opens you have to enter the command text: ipconfig /flushdns and then hit the enter button.
- Once done, restart the system.
Now, open the website where you initially faced the error. Your internet should be working fine now. If you are still experiencing the error, try more advanced methods given below.
Restart the DNS Client
The method of DNS restating can be done by following the steps
- Open the Run window by pressing Ctrl and R key together.
- You will see a dialog box, enter services.msc and click on the OK button.
- You will be redirected to a services window, look for the DNS client, scroll down and search for it.
- Tap on the DNS Client option, right click. A drop-down menu appears.
- Tap on the restart button and the DNS client will restart. This should solve the error of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN.
Resolve The Error With The Help Of Android Phone
The issue can be different in the Android phone as compared to the windows device. You can still address the issue via your smartphone. Follow the below-mentioned step to solve the error.
- Go to the Settings option and turn on Wi-Fi.
- Press and hold the network.
- Move to the advanced option by choosing “Show advanced options” box.
- Choose the static option; it is located just next to the IP settings.
- Under DNS1 and DNS2 enter the DNS IP address. Tap on Save and connect to the network.
- This will activate the setting.
Addition tips to get rid of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error in future
Other than this above solution you can always prevent the issue of NS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN in the future by following the precautionary steps.
- Regularly clear the recycle bin, temporary files, and prefects.
- Make sure to clean the caches, cookies and all browsing history regularly.
- Always use a single active internet connection, make sure to disable other connections.
- If these solutions are repeatedly occurring, you can always try reinstalling the Google Chrome.
- If the computer is causing repeated internet connectivity issue, try to disable the antivirus and firewalls. This will help to get rid of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error successfully. Later you can reinstall the firewall or the antivirus.
- Uninstall the website filtering software, this should resolve the error.
- Also, consider the option of power cycling the laptop and router. It can be done by unplugging the system for 10-15 minutes. Then reboot the computer and turn off the router.
- Periodically update the network driver.
All these solutions will help to fix the issue of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error. It is best to follow this instruction to solve the problem rather than approaching an IT expert. Always try out these troubleshoot when you have the administrative authority of your laptop.