How To Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error

For those of you who spend more time with the Internet and work regularly with WordPress websites, might be familiar with the CMS bugs, such as blank screen errors or database connection errors. Their occurrence is quite common.

But there is another subset of errors that may be related to your Internet connection and your DNS. The most common error you would experience Google Chrome web page is DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN. This can be frustrating because suddenly you can’t browse your website.

If you see this error when trying to visit your website, don’t worry, it’s very easy to fix. Please check the suggestions below to fix this error. It can also work with other browsers like Firefox, Edge, and much more.

What is DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN

Let’s make this concept clear. The DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error occurs when there is some misconfiguration with your DNS. The error indicates the non-existence of the website. In other words, the DNS cannot find the IP of the corresponding domain.

This is the reason for the occurrence of the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error. This error typically appears on the Google Chrome browser. However, you can see this error in other browsers and platforms too. Now let’s see how to fix them.

How to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error

Here are some of the ways to fix this error.

Fix 1: Flush and Configure the DNS server address

  • Go to the Windows search bar and type ‘cmd‘.
  • Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator option.
  • The Administrator Command Prompt Window will pop-up. Now type: ipconfig/flushdns and click Enter.
  • Now press Windows + R to open the Run window and type ncpa.cpl and hit OK.
  • Go to the network adapter >> Right-click>> Properties
  • Check the Use the following DNS server addresses option and type the following numbers:
    Preferred DNS servers: 8.8.8.8
    Alternate DNS servers: 8.8.4.4
  • Click Ok and close the windows.

Fix 2: Restart DNS services

We have two ways to restart DNS services, you can either do it via Service panel or via Command Prompt.

Service panel method:

  • Press Windows + R to open the Command Prompt. Type services.msc and hit Enter.
  • Find the DNS Client >> Right Click >> Select Restart.

Command prompt method:

  • Go to the Windows search bar and type ‘cmd‘.
  • Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator option.
  • The Command Prompt Window will pop-up. Now type the following command and press enter after each command.
    1. net stop dnscache
    2. net start
    dnscache

Fix 3: Release and Renew IP address

  • Go to the Windows search bar and type ‘cmd‘.
  • Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator option.
  • The Administrator Command Prompt Window will pop-up. Now type: ipconfig/release and click Enter.
  • Then type ipconfig/flushdns and click Enter. This will flush all your local DNS cache. Once it is done successfully, you will see the message ” Successfully flushed the DNS resolver cache ” on the command prompt.
  • After that, type in ipconfig/renew and hit Enter.

There is another way to flush and renew your DNS. For that, you need to disable your network adapter and re-enable it.

Fix 4: Restart Your Computer

We know it’s annoying, but it has to be mentioned. If none of the above fixes work, try restarting your computer and even your router. We realize many of you probably have hundreds of tabs or applications open and that’s why we made this the last option. But rebooting devices actually clears out a lot of temporary caches.

Summary

Even though it’s frustrating, the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error is usually pretty easy to get resolved. Between flushing your DNS cache, renewing your IP, and trying different DNS servers, you should hopefully be back up and surfing the web in no time.  If we missed anything, feel free to let us know below in the comment section.

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