We all have our own problems with the internet but nothing’s more frustrating than the dreaded DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET error.
I personally had this problem one time and decided to do an extensive research. Turns out that the source of the problem can originate from different sources. This is why it’s going to take some time before you can solve this problem.
Below are some of the proven methods that solved this problem. If the first method didn’t work, make sure you try the rest on the list since your case may differ from the others.
Method 1: Check the Internet Connectivity
The most common reason why this happens has something to do with your ISP and not the browser.
To see what causes the problem, take a ping test by following the steps below:
- Step 1: Run command prompt by pressing Windows+R.
- Step 2: Type “cmd” without quotes and hit enter.
- Step 3: Type in “ping -t 18.104.22.168” without quotes when the command prompt opens and press enter.
If you see something like this that keeps on repeating:
Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=205ms TTL=55
Note: We ping 126.96.36.199 because this DNS server is very well-known for being almost always up.
...this means that your internet is working just fine and the problem lies somewhere on your end.
Alternatively, if other devices connected to the router works fine, then it’s likely that your browser is at fault and you’re better off trying out the rest of the methods below.
However, if all the connected devices are having problems connecting to the internet, it might be that you’re not getting any internet connection from your ISP. Consider doing the next method first before calling your ISP.
Method 2: “Have you tried turning it on and off again?”
It’s likely that you’ve already done this at this point but others just aren’t as tech-savvy as most people.
And in case you haven’t done this yet...
- Step 1: Turn your modem and your router off for at least 10 minutes and turn it back on.
- Step 2: Check the light indicator and make sure that you’re connected to the internet.
This may be very straightforward but it did work for a lot of people. However, if the problem still persists, then it’s time to consider calling your ISP.
In most cases, calling your ISP resolves the problem but if you still get the error, it’s likely that your browser or computer is what’s causing this problem, so read on.
Method 3: Clear Your Cache or Reinstall Your Browser
It might be that your browser had a mental breakdown or some crap like that. This is why clearing your browser’s cache might finally end this misery.
If you’re using Firefox:
- Step 1: Click on History then clear recent history.
- Step 2: Click on details.
- Step 3: Check the Cookies and Cache and click Clear now.
If you’re using Google Chrome:
- Step 1: Click the Customize and control Google Chrome (3 dots) located at the top-right corner of the browser.
- Step 2: Click Settings.
- Step 3: Scroll down and click Advanced.
- Step 4: Click on Clear browsing data under Privacy and security.
- Step 5: Check the Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files
- Step 6: Click on Clear data and restart your browser.
If at this point you still have the problem, it’s worth trying reinstalling your browser. Alternatively, you can install a new browser and if you still have the problem, follow the next method.
Method 4: Fix Through Command Prompt
A command prompt is a tool that lets you execute system-level commands and this can be your ticket to solving this problem.
If you experience the dns_probe_finished_no_internet on Windows 10, you can use Windows Powershell-a more advanced command prompt app. But regardless of which type of Windows OS you’re running...
- Step 1: Press the Windows key and locate command prompt.
- Step 2: Right click on the command prompt app and run it as administrator.
- Step 3: Type in netsh winsock reset when the command prompt opens.
- Step 4: Restart your PC.
A lot of people find this fix helpful but in case the problem still persists, consider trying the next method.
Method 5: Change Your DNS To Google DNS
Changing your DNS to Google DNS may fix the problem this time.
In fact, Google DNS is a really great alternative for those who use the default DNS set by the router. Not only that it’s more secure but it also loads websites faster and is less prone to the dreaded Google Chrome dns_probe_finished_no_internet error.
To do this…
- Step 1: Right-click on the Windows 10 logo and click Network Connections.
Note: If you’re using Windows 10, click on Change adapter options in the new menu, otherwise, proceed to Step 2.
- Step 2: Right-click on the network you are connected to and click on Properties.
- Step 3: On the Networking tab, find and double-click the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
- Step 4: Click the Use the following DNS server addresses: radio button and type in the following:
Preferred DNS Server: 188.8.131.52
Alternate DNS Server: 184.108.40.206
- Step 4: Restart your internet for the changes to fully take effect.
Comment down below and confirm that this finally fixed your DNS probe finished no internet problem. But you’re still unfortunate, consider reading the next method: Updating Your Network Adapter Driver.
Method 6: Updating Your Network Adapter Driver
This is one of the working solutions that a handful of people usually overlook because only a few find this working. And if you’ve got this far, then it’s definitely worth giving a shot.
- Step 1: Hit Windows+R to bring up the Run app
- Step 2: Type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter
- Step 3: Look for the Network adapters on the list and click it to open the drop-down menu.
- Step 4: Right-click on the respective network you’re using to connect to the internet and click on Update Driver
- Step 5: You can either choose Search automatically for updated driver software or Browse my computer for driver software if you downloaded a specific driver from its respective manufacturer.
A prompt indicating that the driver is successfully updated should then pop up. Restart your computer afterward for the updated driver to fully take effect.
At this point, the dns_probe_finished_no_internet on a Windows 7 or Windows 10 OS should be fixed.
The cause of the problem may range greatly and differ from one user to another, but after going through all these methods, it’s likely that you have your answer to your question “how to fix dns_probe_finished_no_internet?”.
If this helped you out, be sure to comment down below and tell us which method fixed your problem.