Google Chrome is the most secure and fastest internet browser for desktop. But, sometimes the “DNS lookup failed” error frequently appears while browsing. For instance, it says “The server at www.xyz.com can’t be found because the DNS lookup failed.” The DNS (Domain name service) decodes a site name into your computer’s IP so that you can browse the website without any interruption. However, here we have a few viable solutions to fix DNS Lookup Failed error in Google Chrome.
DNS lookup failed problem usually arises in Chrome due to the internet connection not working properly or it may also occur if the DNS server doesn’t respond well. This problem majorly shows up in the Chrome who has the broadband connection. However, we still have ways to fix DNS lookup failed error on Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP.
How to Solve DNS Lookup Failed Error in Google Chrome
Method #1: DNS Cache Clearing
Step #1. Open the Command Prompt on your Windows PC.
Step #2. When a black screen opens type ipconfig/flushdns and hit the enter key.
Step #3. Once the process is over restart your system.
Method #2: Clear Chrome Cookies and Cache
Because your Chrome browser saves cookies and cache when you visit any website for the first time to ease out your next visit, the same can be a problem maker as well. So let us clear the cookies and cache in Chrome.
Step #1. Launch Chrome on your Windows PC.
Step #2. Click on the 3 vertical dots on the top right corner of your PC’s screen. Scroll down to ‘Settings’ and click on it.
Step #3. Click on Show advanced settings.
Step #4. Check the boxes against ‘Browsing History’, ‘Cookies and other site and plug-in data’ and ‘Cached images and files’ options, then Finally click on ‘Clear browsing data’ button.
Note: If you have never cleared cache and you’re browsing since you have installed Chrome or haven’t done this exercise for a while then it will take a few minutes for your browser to clear it.
Method #3: Changing DNS Address
Step #1. Go to Control Panel → Network and Internet → Network and Sharing System.
Step #2. Now click on ‘Change adapter settings’ on the left of your PC’s screen.
Step #3. Right click on Network Area Connection, then click on Properties.
Step #4. Select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)’ option and then click on ‘Properties’.
Step #5. Normally both Preferred and Alternate DNS server addresses are enabled automatically but we need to turn on the second option that says Use the following server address.
- Preferred DNS server: 188.8.131.52
- Alternative DNS server: 184.108.40.206
Step #6. Click on OK and close all windows.
Method #4: Update your Chrome
Sometimes Chrome needs and updates to get rid of this problem. Normally Chrome does get updated automatically but for clearing our problem we need to update it manually. Here is how you can do it.
Step #1. Click on the 3 vertical dots on the top right corner of your screen.
Step #2. Click on ‘About’ on the left side of your screen.
Step #3. Google Chrome will start updating itself automatically. Wait for the process to finish and then click on ‘Relaunch’ button.
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These are the easiest ways to fix the DNS Lookup Failed error in Chrome. Try all these methods one by one and you will certainly get rid of the problem. How did these tips work for you? Share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus or here in the comments section.