Fix DNS_Probe_Finished_NxDomain Error


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The DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error can prevent users from accessing websites and causes issues when connecting to services outside of a website. As you can guess from the name, the error is related to DNS. DNS is used to resolve/translate names, which means that if the system is unable to translate or resolve the website address you want to connect to, you end up with the following error:


Here are some solutions to fix Fix ‘DNS_Probe_Finished_NxDomain’ Error.

Method 1; Flush the DNS

Given that the problem is caused by the DNS, the first solution is to flush the DNS and see if it can correct the problem.

1. Open a Run dialogue box by pressing the Windows key and R
2. Type CMD into the box to open a Command Prompt window (alternatively press the Windows key + X and click on “Command Prompt Admin” to open a command prompt window)
3. After opening the command prompt, type in the command highlighted below and press enter to run it:
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /all
  • ipconfig /renew
  • netsh int ip set dns
  • netsh winsock reset
4. After completing the above command, you’ll see the words “Windows IP configuration successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache” which lets you know the process completed successfully.

Now you can reboot your PC or simply attempt to reload the web page that gave you the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error. With luck, your browser should now run properly and display the web page. If it doesn’t, then move on the second method.

Method 2; Manually Assign the DNS Server

This method is the most effective method and has helped a number of people solve the problem. The DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN error could be caused by the DNS server that your computer obtains automatically. You can solve this by manually changing the DNS server address to a more reliable one such as OpenDNS or Google.

Do this by right-clicking the network icon in the right corner of your task-bar and click on “Open Network and Sharing Center”.


Click “Local Area Connection” and open up the “Properties” by clicking on the button in the bottom left corner.


This opens up a new window where you can select “Internet Protocol Version 4” and then click “Properties” again.


From this screen choose the “Use the Following DNS Server Addresses” option and type in the “Preferred DNS Server” box. Then type into the “Alternative DNS Server” box as in the screenshot provided:


Activate the “Validate Settings Upon Exit” box and click OK to save your settings before checking the website that gave you the error.

Method 3: Reset Features to Default

This method will only work with Google Chrome, meaning that resetting the features to default is something only Chrome users can do. If you have tried our previous two methods and still have the error, then you should be able to fix it with this method.

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Click on the address bar and type "chrome://flags/ and hit Enter
  • Click on the “Reset all to Default” button on the right hand side
  • Close Google Chrome and re-open it
  • Try opening the web page again
Method 4: Power Cycle Computer and Router

Unplug your computer from the power source (don’t just turn it off, you need to unplug) and leave it for at least 5 minutes. Do the same thing to your router as well to make sure any residual charge is released and the memory is cleared.

Afterwards plug them back in again and check on the websites.

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