With IT awareness spreading among people, internet is becoming basic necessity. From Education to Business, internet has got everything now. With so much progress in past few years, we have now multiple web-browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera instead of only Internet Explorer that people used to have in old days. However, whichever browser you have, the way you open a website remains identical.
Whenever you type the address of the website, the first thing your web browser does is contacting DNS. DNS or Domain Name Server has the job of converting a site’s name into an actual IP address and then it fetches the information from that IP address to show it to the user.
Now, majority of users have enabled the option of automatically obtaining DNS server address. Sometimes, the web browser fails to obtain a DNS server automatically and these results in an error like ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED or Error 105 (net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED): The server could not be found depending which browser you are using. Some users also face DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET error in Chrome.
Method to Fix ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED in Chrome
In this guide, we are going to show you a working fix for ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED error that works with any web browser on Windows 8/8.1/10.
Fix # 01: Refresh DNS and obtain a new DNS server
The first fix for solving the Error 105 (net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED): The server could not be found is to flush your computer’s DNS. Follow the steps below to refresh your DNS
- Press Windows + R key simultaneously.
- Type in cmd and press Enter.
- Now type ipconfig<space>/flushdns in CMD prompt and press Enter.
- After you receive a successful message, type ipconfig<space>/renew and press Enter.
- After the command has finished its process, again type ipconfig<space>/registerdns and press Enter
- Remember, these are 3 separate commands that you have to type one by one individually.
- Now try to open a website which was previously giving you the error and check if it works. If you still get the same error, time to try second method.
Fix # 02: Change DNS Servers or Use Global DNS Servers
This method will guide you by changing the DNS Servers in your network configuration. If you already have a list of alternate DNS servers IPs then you can use them. However, there are also some global DNS servers available from Google and and OpenDNS which can be used as well. Follow the steps below to change them
- Right-click on the network icon in Tray bar and click on Open Network and Sharing Center.
- Now click on Ethernet and a new dialog window will open up.
- From the Ethernet Status window, click on Properties. Remember, you need Administrative privileges to change network properties.
- From the list of items, double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- From the new opened window, select Use the following DNS server addresses if it is not already selected.
- Enter the new DNS servers according to the format below in their respective fields
- Preferred DNS Server – for Google DNS enter 126.96.36.199 or for OpenDNS enter 188.8.131.52
- Alternate DNS Server – for Google DNS enter 184.108.40.206 or for OpenDNS enter 220.127.116.11
- Remember, you can use either Google’s DNS or OpenDNS for both. You cannot use Google DNS for preferred and then use OpenDNS for alternate DNS server.
- After entering the values, press OK.
- Close any browser that is opened.
- Wait for few seconds.
- Open the browser and now try to open the site that was causing problems.
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