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How to Fix DNS Probe Finished No Internet Error Easily

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET

It was a normal day, I woke up and started my work on my lappy. I opened Chrome, but to my frustration, I was greeted with “DNS Probe Finished No Internet” or “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET” error on Google Chrome. I was connected to my normal WiFi connection but didn’t understand why the error is showing. When I checked with my phone, connected to the same WiFi connection, it was perfectly working. So I understood that this was some problem with my laptop.

I tried to search online for a fix, stumbled up on some guides on “DNS Probe Finished No Internet“, but most of them was not complete. So I decided to write this guide as soon as I’ve fixed this issue. For me, the issue with my laptop was a simple DNS error, which I solved by changing the DNS on my laptop to Google DNS. I’ll explain the complete process later in this guide. But it can also be caused by some other small issues. I’ll also be walking you through all the methods by which you can solve DNS Probe Finished No Internet error on your PC running Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 OS.

How to Fix DNS Probe Finished No Internet Error Easily

Here, I’ll show you many methods by which you can fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET error, that you’re currently facing on Chrome on your system. These are given in an ascending order of difficulty (at least for me 😛 ). So, be sure to try the next method if the first method doesn’t work for you.

Method 1: Change DNS to Google DNS (or OpenDNS)

This is the simple method, this worked well for me, possibly for you too. So basically, what you have to do is to change the DNS of your system to Google DNS.

Step 1

Go to Network Connection on your Windows PC. On Windows 10, you can easily go to that by right clicking on the Windows Logo & click on the Network Connections on that menu. On previous versions of Windows, you can go to Network Connections by opening Control Panel.

Step 2

Now right click on your Network connection icon (which you’re currently using) and click on Properties.

Step 3

Now find the “Internet Protocol Version 4” option and select it. Now click on Properties.

Step 4

Now you’ll see two options: ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically’ and ‘Use the following DNS server addresses:’. In this, any of the two will be selected by default. You’ve select ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’, and now you’ve to change the values in this field.

Step 5

In this preferred & alternate DNS server fields, use the following values :

  • Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
  • Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4

Alternatively, you can also use OpenDNS. For that, use the following values:

  • Preferred DNS server: 208.67.222.222
  • Alternate DNS server: 208.67.220.220

Now click ‘OK’. That’s it.

DNS Probe Finished No Internet Error

Go back to your Chrome (close and start again if it’s open) and check if you’re able to connect to the Internet. If not, proceed to the next method to solve DNS Probe Finished No Internet error.

Method 2: Using Command Prompt to Reset DNS

You can use the command prompt in Windows to quickly solve this error. You can open command prompt by typing in ‘cmd’ in Windows search. Now press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to open command prompt as administrator. If it asks for administrator privileges, do sign in using the account on your system which have administrator rights.

Now you need to type in the following command in command prompt:

netsh winsock reset

Now press ‘Enter‘ key.

And restart your computer.

After reboot, check if your internet is working now, if not proceed to next method.

Method 3: Using Command Prompt to Release & Renew IP address

Go to command prompt with administrator rights. Follow the instructions given in the previous method to do so. In this method we release & renews the IP address that might be causing the issue.

When you’re in command prompt, type the following command:

ipconfig /release

Press the Enter key.

Now type in the next command:

ipconfig /renew

Press the Enter key

 Note: There is a space between ipconfig & ‘/’ (the forward slash).  

 

Next, you’ve to flush the DNS using the following command:

ipconfig /flushdns

After typing this command, press Enter key.

If it’s done, restart your computer. After the restart is complete, check if your system is able to connect to the Internet.

Method 4: Clear Cache in Chrome

You can try clearing cache in Google Chrome. To clear cache in Chrome, follow these steps:

Step 1

Click on the 3 dot menu on the top right corner. In that click on ‘Settings’

Step 2

Scroll down and you’ll find ‘Show advanced settings’, click on that. Now under ‘Privacy settings’, click on the ‘Clear Browsing Data’ option.

Step 3

Now check ‘Cookies and other site and plugin data’ and ‘Cached images and files’. Now press ‘Clear browsing data’.

How to Fix DNS Probe Finished No Internet Error

That’s it. Now restart Chrome and check if you’re able to connect.

Method 5: Reinstall Chrome or Try other browsers

If the method above didn’t work, you can try reinstalling Chrome and check if that solves the issue. If you don’t know how to uninstall an application in Windows, follow these steps:

The following steps will be for Windows 10.

Step 1

Open the Start menu and click on ‘Settings’

Step 2

Click on ‘System’ on the next window.

Step 3

Now select ‘Apps & features’. And select Google Chrome from the list of apps in this page. And click on ‘Uninstall’. Click the ‘Uninstall’ pop up button to confirm your uninstallation.

Now, after you uninstalled Chrome, go to Google in Edge or Internet Explorer and search for Google Chrome and install it once again.

You can also try installing other browsers, if you don’t have any installed in your system. I would suggest Firefox or Opera. Click the below given buttons to download the respective browsers.

Method 6: Update Driver

If your problem is still persisting, it can be caused by the network adapter driver in your system. You can try updating the network adapter driver to solve the DNS Probe Finished No Internet error. Follow the steps to do so:

Step 1

Open “Device Manager” by typing in device manager in Windows Search. You can find the same in control panel too.

Step 2

In the Device Manager window, search for ‘Network adapters’ and click to expand that.

Step 3

You’ll find a list of options! Find your Wireless/WLAN driver from it and left click on it. Click on ‘Update Driver Software’ option.

Step 4

Click on ‘Browse my computer for driver software’. Next click in ‘Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer’

Step 5

Select your network hardware, and click Next. You might need to have the WLAN Driver CD with you for this. If you’ve the driver CD with you, please put it in the CD drive.

Step 6

If the driver update is successful, you’ll see that in the next screen. If it’s done, your problem will be solved and you can try connecting to the Internet.

Method 7: Uninstall any Web monitoring or filtering application

If you’re having some kind of web monitoring or filtering application installed in your computer, you can try disabling or uninstalling it to find if it’s causing the problems. Some custom firewall applications such as COMODO firewall can cause this issue. Try disabling them and check if your connection is working. If it’s working fine after disabling that, continue to uninstall the app from your PC.

Sources : GoogleDNS, OpenDNS

Conclusion : How to Fix DNS Probe Finished No Internet Error

So that’s it guys, that was all the solutions I could find for the Dns_Probe_Finished_No_Internet error. I hope this post helped you in fixing the DNS probe finished no Internet error that you were facing. Please let me know if this worked for you, by commenting down on this post. Also let me know if these methods didn’t work for you, you’ll get additional help from the good people visiting this page, if not me.

How to Fix DNS Probe Finished No Internet Error Easily
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  • I am using Windows 10. I have got error “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET””. I restore to a point before windows updating. and I disable windows updating . now internet connection OK.

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