dns_probe_finished_nxdomain: How to Fix this Common Error

What is “dns_probe_finished_nxdomain?” Is this an error on a computer, on a web browser, or on the internet connection? You probably see this error since you are not new to the internet world. So here, we will provide a better explanation regarding this error and how you can fix it yourself. 

There are many common issues that we can encounter when we start searching on the web browser, specifically on Google Chrome. One of them is the “Website is not available” error which comes with a code “dns_probe_finished_nxdomain.” 

This common issue happens between the web browser and the internet. Sometimes, there is also a fault on our device system that blocks the internet on connecting to the website. Fortunately, it is not hard to fix. And you do not need an expert to do it.

To understand it better, keep on reading and learn how to fix the “dns_probe_finished_nxdomain” error.

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN: What Does it Mean

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN is an error on the Google Chrome web browser that indicates a non-existent domain. It happens when the Domain Name Servers (DNS) is not able to translate the domain name to its corresponding IP address. Thus, it results in an error and the user may not able to reach or access the certain website.

How to Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error

There are many ways on how you can fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error. You can do it on your own and it will not require any help from the expert. Just follow the simple instructions and try the different methods provided below.

Let’s start from the simplest method up to the advanced method.

Method 1: Check your Internet Connection and Browser

Step 1. Open a new web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge and try to enter the web address you want to access. If you can’t access that website even on a different web browser, then there might be a problem with your internet connection. However, if you’re able to access the site you want to visit, the problem is in Google Chrome itself.

Step 2. Try to clear your browsing history. Go to Google Chrome’s settings and clear the browsing data including history, cookies and cache.

Step 3. After that, reload the page or the website you want to access.

If this method does not work, then, proceed to the next one.

Method 2: Change the Proxy Settings

Sometimes, to fix the “dns_probe_finished_nxdomain” error, you need to change the proxy settings. To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1. On your computer, right-click on the network or the WiFi icon and click “Open Network and Sharing Center.”

Step 2. When the window for Network and Sharing Center appears, click “Change the Adapter Settings.”

Step 3. A new window will open with the list of the WiFi or network connections. Right-click on the network you are using and click “Properties” from the drop-down menu.

Step 4. Scroll down on the list of the connections properties and select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPV4).” Afterwards, click the Properties button again.

Step 5. Upon selecting properties, you will be directed to a new window where you need to customize the DNS settings. On the menu for DNS server, tick the “Use the following DNS servers addresses” and enter these numbers:

  • 8.8.8.8 for Preferred DNS Server
  • 8.8.4.4 for Alternative DNS Server

Step 6. Click OK and go back to your web browser. Now, you should be able to connect to the website you are accessing.

Method 3: Restart DNS Client Server

Step 1. Press Windows + R on your keyboard and type “Services.msc” and click OK.

Step 2. Scroll down and find DNS Client.

Step 3. After selecting DNS Client, right-click on it and click Restart.

Method 4: Use Command Prompt (CMD) to Flush the DNS

If you carefully followed the first three methods but still nothing works, you might need to flush the DNS. Flushing DNS involves the following steps:

Step 1. Press Window + R on your keyboard or Click the Start button and go to the search box and type CMD.

Step 2. Once the command prompt opened, type the following commands:

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /all

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /renew

netsh int ip set dns

netsh winsock reset

Note: You have the enter these commands one by one. After entering the last command, click Enter on your keyboard.

Step 3. Restart your computer and check if the error has been fixed.

In Conclusion

Those are the four methods you can use to fix the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error on your web browser. By following those methods, you are able to reach the website you want to access without the help of any experts.

If you have questions and concerns, please let us know by dropping them down in the comment box below.