How To Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET Error?

How To Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET Google Chrome Error In Windows 10

Released in 2008, Google Chrome is a web browser by Google and one of the most popular and fastest web browsers available. It manages system resources differently to other browsers and works well with Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, etc. Problems can, however, arise with the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error, which is displayed when attempting to open any website.

The first three letters (DNS) indicate the error "category". DNS (Domain Name System) is a naming convention for services, computers, and other resources that are connected to the Internet. DNS plays an important role in providing Internet functionality. DNS errors commonly occur when there is a slow internet connection or other issues. For example, the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error arises when the DNS cache fails to load when attempting to access a particular website.

Fortunately, there are several methods available to fix the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error. You might need to change the DNS to Google DNS, release and renew the IP address, clear the Google Chrome cache, update the Google Chrome browser, etc. In this guide we describe a number of possible solutions.

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Clear Google Chrome Cache

First, we show how to clear the Google Chrome browser cache and how to update Google Chrome. These simple steps can sometimes fix the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error.

Browsing history consists of a records of web pages that you have visited in past browsing sessions, and typically includes the name of the website and corresponding URL. Other private data components such as cache, cookies, saved passwords, etc., are also saved during the browsing session. Clearing this browsing data can sometimes fix the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error. To clear Google Chrome's browsing data cache, click the three dots in the top-right corner, select "More tools", and click "Clear browsing data..."

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In the Clear browsing data window, select the data you wish to remove from the Google Chrome browser cache and click the "CLEAR DATA" button. Close Chrome and re-open it. Check if this fixes the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error.

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Update Google Chrome

Having the latest browser and associated plug-ins ensures that you experience the best performance and user experience, fixed bugs and errors. Keeping you browser up-to-date could also make your browser run more smoothly. To check if you are using the latest browser version, open Google Chrome and click the three dots in the top-right corner, select "Help", and then click "About Google Chrome".

You will see the browser version. If it is not the latest, you should see a notification suggesting that you update Chrome. If there is no notification, the browser has been already updated to the latest version and you need to try a different method (below) to solve the problem.

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Change DNS To Google DNS

If there is a problem with the DNS server, try to change the DNS server to Google's Public DNS, a free alternative Domain Name System (DNS) service offered to Internet users around the world. The public DNS service and servers are maintained and owned by Google. They function as a recursive name server providing domain name resolution for any host on the Internet. You must change the DNS manually as follows.

To change the DNS server to Google's DNS server, go to Network Connections settings. Right-click the Start menu and select "Network Connections", or go to Settings and click "Network & Internet".

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In the Network & Internet settings window, select the connection type (in our case, "Ethernet") on the left pane and then click "Change adapter options" on the right pane.

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Right-click on the connection and select "Properties" from the drop-down menu.

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Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and click "Properties".

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In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, select "Use the following DNS server addresses", enter 8.8.8.8 as the "Preferred DNS server" and 8.8.4.4 as the "Alternate DNS server". Click "OK" to save changes, open Google Chrome and check if this solves the problem with the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error.

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Reset the IP And Clear DNS Cache

This method includes entering and executing "netsh" and "ipcofig" commands into Command Prompt. Netsh is a command-line scripting utility that allows you to (locally or remotely) display or modify the network configuration of a computer that is currently running. Netsh also provides a scripting feature that allows you to run a group of commands in batch mode against a specified computer.

Ipconfig is a command-line tool that displays the current configuration of the installed IP stack on a networked computer. Using the tool, we can flush and reset the contents of the DNS client resolver cache and renew DHCP configuration.

The commands require an elevated Command Prompt opened with administrator privileges. To open elevated Command Prompt, type "command prompt" in Search and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result. Choose "Run as administrator" to run it with administrative privileges.

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When you select "Run as administrator", a User Account Control prompt will appear asking if you allow the Command Prompt to make changes to your computer. Click "Yes".

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Elevated Command Prompt will appear. In the Command Prompt window, type these commands:

netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns

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Press Enter on the keyboard after entering each command. When all commands are executed, restart the computer and see if this fixes the "DNS server is not responding" error.

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Disable/Uninstall Web Filtering Software

Web filtering (or web monitoring) software inspects websites and determines which content is displayed. Certain filters checks website content and blocks spyware, viruses, objectionable advertising, etc. Some users have reported that uninstalling web filtering software (if it was installed in the first place) solved the problem and fixed the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error. If you are using any web filtering software, temporarily disable it (or uninstall) and check if it is the cause of the problem.

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Update Your Network Adapter Drivers

A device driver is software that provides information to the operating system and other software about how to interact with certain hardware. It is rather like a translator between software and hardware, since they often are created by different manufacturers, companies, or individuals. The driver allows software and hardware to communicate smoothly. In most cases, computers are not be able to send and receive data correctly without drivers. If the appropriate driver is not installed, the device might not function properly, if at all. A faulty driver might need updating or a reinstall. It is possible that the drivers installed on your computer are corrupted and causing the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error. Try to update the network adapter drivers to see if this fixes the problem. To do this, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start button and selecting "Device Manager" result from the contextual menu.

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Find the "Network adapters" section and expand it by clicking the arrow beside it, or by simply double-clicking it. Then, right click the network adapter and select "Update driver" from the contextual menu.

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You will be asked if you want to search for updated driver software automatically or to browse the computer for driver software. If you select the first option, Windows will search the computer and Internet for the latest driver software for your device. If you select the second option, you must work manually. Select the first option and follow the instructions. Restart the computer and check if this fixes the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error.

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Another way to update or install new drivers for devices is to do it by using third-party software such as Snappy Driver Installer. You will need a computer with a working Internet connection to download it.

Snappy Driver Installer (SDI) is a powerful free driver updater tool for Windows that can store its entire collection of drivers offline. Having offline drivers gives Snappy Driver Installer the ability to have access to fast driver updates, even if there is no active Internet connection on your computer. Snappy Driver works with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and also works with Windows XP. Drivers are downloaded through Snappy Driver Installer in 'driverpacks', which are simply collections (packs) of drivers for various hardware such as sound devices, video cards, network adapters, etc. It can also show duplicate drivers and invalid drivers. It separates the updates that require you to restart your computer so that they are easier to distinguish. You can download Snappy Driver Installer from here. 

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Finally, you can try to reinstall the Google Chrome browser. Uninstall, download the latest version, and then re-install. If this does not help, you might need to switch to another web browser.

We hope that one of these methods fixed the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" error. If you know of another solution not mentioned in our guide, please share it with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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