The Dns_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config is a common error that appears in Mac and Windows computers. When you encounter this error on your web browser, you are unable to access the internet. However, you are at the right place from where you can fix this error. I will take you through some instructions that will help you troubleshoot the error with ease.
This error can occur in any web browser from any operating system. When the error appears, it indicates that your computer has an improper DNS (Domain Name Server) configuration. This improper DNS prevents your system from connecting to the internet.
In this post, we will discuss everything you need to know about this error message. We will take you through simple solutions as well.
Does this Error Come Only in Google Chrome?
No, the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG does not come in only in Google Chrome, but in other browsers as well. You can see this error in Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc. This error is a network related issue and you can find it while visiting any webpage on your browser. However, try to connect to the webpage using the same network if you want to resolve the problem.
Most people report this error while using Chrome. The reason behind this is Chrome has the largest user-based when it comes to internet browsers. So, when users face this error, they suppose the error is causing by Chrome.
One reason for this error can be a misconfiguration of your wifi router. But whatever the reason is and on whatever device you are encountering this error, you can get easy fixes by reading this post.
Reasons Why DNS Error Occur
The most common reasons why this error occurs are listed below.
- Maybe there is an unauthorized app that is trying to change the network settings of your router
- Maybe you have changed your network settings mistakenly
- You are using a VPN and it has changed your IP
DNS comes with a specific IP for your computer. And when a misconfiguration occurs, your network is unable to translate your IP address. And at that time when you visit a web page from your browser, you encounter this DNS error.
Easy Methods to Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG
When this DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error comes in your browser, you are unable to reach any website. Though you try to search for something else and change the browser, the error still persists. And in those situations, if you follow the steps below, you will be able to get yourself out of those situations.
Restart your Router
When you are seeing this DNS problem, try to restart your router and the problem will be no more. No matter whether you are facing the error in your smartphone or Windows/Mac laptop, turning off and on your router can fix the error. When you turn off the router, wait for a while before turning it on again. And when you restart your router, try to restart your device as well.
After following this instruction, open your browser and visit any website. It would work without an issue. But if the error still persists, check out the other solutions.
Clear your Browser Cache
Sometimes your browser caches and cookies bring up unexpected situations. So, when you are seeing DNS error, clear your browser caches first. Here are the steps that would work on any browser-
- First, launch your browser
- Then go to settings
- locate ‘browsing data’ or ‘history’
- And from there, you will be able to clear cookies and caches
Most of the time, clearing your browsing data fixes the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG problem. But if you are still struggling with that, follow other methods.
Delete Temporary Files
No matter what browser you are using, it will save some temporary files on your computer. And the browser will use those files later while in need so that you can experience better browsing speed. When those temporary files are corrupted, you can see the DNS error coming up. You can delete them from your computer by following the steps below.
- Open the run box by pressing Windows + R
- You can also open the run box by going to Start>All Programs
- When the run box appears, type %temp% in the empty field
- Click Ok or hit Enter
- Now the temporary browsing files will be visible on your monitor and you can delete them to fix the DNS error.
If you are using a Mac device, the below steps will be helpful to you.
- Press Shift + CMD + G on your keyboard
- A field will appear where you will have to type ~/Library/Caches
- Here the temporary files will be visible to you
After finding these temporary files, select them and right-click on them to press Delete. However, if this solution too does not resolve your DNS problem, move on to the next one.
If you are using Google Chrome, you can follow these steps. But other browser users such as Firefox or Operamini or anything else won’t find this method helpful. So, you can contact for professional support in that case. But for the Chrome users, let’s follow these steps-
- Open Chrome
- And go to Settings
- Then scroll down and select “Show Advanced Settings”
- Click on that option and expand the details
- Here the “Reset Settings” button will come up
- Select that option to reset your Google Chrome browser
Google Chrome users can resolve the DNS problem easily by following these steps. But in case these don’t support, follow the next method.
Change your DNS Adress
Change the DNS address of your network adapter and fix the issue. Here is how you do it:
- Click Start on your Windows computer
- Click on “Open Network and Sharing Center”
- Search for ‘network and sharing’ on your later Windows version
- And go to the Network settings page
- Here, click on “Change Adapter Settings”
- Right-click on the adapter settings and choose “Properties”
- Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”
- Open its properties
- Change the DNS server address to 184.108.40.206
- And in the alternate server box, type 220.127.116.11
- Then save the changes
Now, go to your browser, try browsing the same site and you won’t find the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error page anymore. But if this one does not help like others, your last hope is given below.
Flush the DNS and Renew your IP Address
If the methods I have given above do not help, you can flush your DNS and then renew your IP address. So, here in this section, you will learn how to reset your DNS to fix network configuration.
- Press Windows + R buttons to open the Run box
- Alternatively, go to Start>All Programs and open Run
- Type CMD in the run box and click OK and open the Command Prompt box
- In the Command prompt window, type these commands and hit enter after each-
After entering these commands, restart your system. Try to visit the website again or any other web page. This would definitely resolve your DNS server error.
The DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG is not a problem anymore if you follow the given steps correctly. Even after performing these methods, the problem is still bothering you, ask for our help in the comment box below.