One frustrating problem you may have encountered while browsing the internet is this DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet error message.
The really annoying thing about these kinds of DNS-related issues is that they might not even be traceable to your system, so you often have to contact your ISP.
In this case, however, there is not one, but multiple potential fixes – and we’ve listed some of them below for you to try.
Fix #1: Clear cache and then reinstall your browser
Here’s how you clear the cache in Chrome. First, click on the Customize and control button you can find in the top-right corner of the screen, and then go to Settings. Scroll down until you find Show Advanced Settings where, under the privacy section, click on ‘Clear Browsing Data’.
In the new window you then check the box that says ‘Cookies and other site and plugin data’, as well as ‘Cached images and files’, and hit ‘Clear browsing data’.
In order to clear the cache in Mozilla Firefox, you simply go to History and then ‘Clear Recent History’. Next click on ‘Details’, then check ‘Cookies’ and ‘Cache’, and finally hit ‘Clear now’.
If that doesn’t work, you might also want to try reinstalling the browser.
Fix #2: Change DNS address to open address
Another relatively easy solution to the problem: simply change your computer’s automatically obtained DNS server addresses to Open DNS. To do that, right-click on your network icon from the Windows Task Bar, then click on Network and Sharing Center.
Now, click on the Local Area Connection and when the new window opens up, hit Properties. From here, select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4’ and click on Properties once more.
You will see another new window open up – select the radio button with the description ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’ and then in the preferred DNS server box type in 188.8.131.52 and in the alternate DNS server box write 184.108.40.206 (or if you prefer Google DNS : 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168). Finally, check the box which says ‘Validate settings upon exit’ and then hit OK.
What this does is it changes your PC’s DNS server address to Open DNS – one of the most reliable free DNS servers available. If you want, you can also choose other free public DNS servers from this website.
Using this solution you can also fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN.
Fix #3: Check firewall and internet security settings
Sometimes, the problem is simply due to the firewall or internet security software acting up and denying access to certain websites for security reasons. Check the settings of your firewall and internet security software to see if they are responsible for the issue. Be careful, though – some of the websites blocked by your firewall have been blocked for a reason, so tread carefully!
Fix #4: Reboot, power cycle your router
You might also want to try rebooting your router from the router settings. You can access your router settings with the URLs listed below for some of the major manufacturers. The username and password set as default is ‘admin’.
– TP-link – http://192.168.0.1
– Linksys – http://192.168.1.1
– 3Com – http://192.168.1.1
– D-Link – http://192.168.0.1
– Belkin – http://192.168.2.1
– Netgear – http://192.168.0.1.
– Micromax – http://192.168.10.1
After logging in, go to System Tools, then to Reboot and hit the reboot button.
To simply power cycle your router, unplug it from its power source and leave it like that for at least 5 minutes before plugging it in again.
Fix #5: Release/renew IP and flush DNS
The cause of your problem could be your IP, so one way to fix it would be to release the IP and renew it. To do that, open Command Prompt (type “cmd” in the Search box and hit enter). Now type ipconfig /release and hit enter. Next type ipconfig /renew and once again hit enter (by the way, in both cases make sure you left a space between ipconfig and the forward slash).
Finally, open Command Prompt again and type ipconfig /flushdns, then hit Enter. This will flush the DNS cache, hopefully solving the connection issue.
Fix #6: Uninstall any website filtering software
Any website filtering software you have installed could potentially be the culprit, so you should either disable it or uninstall it altogether.
Fixing DNS problems can be as tricky as they are frustrating, especially when you have no idea what exactly is causing them. Hopefully the fixes we’ve described above cover most situations and you’re back to browsing the internet error-free after trying them. If you found the advice helpful, or know of a different solution, let us know in the comments below!