How to Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG Error?

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Issue: How to Fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG Error?

I’ve been having DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG for a few days now. My PC is not the only device on the network, but it’s the only one receiving this error. I’ve installed Safari and Mozilla Firefox web browsers, although I’m used to use Google Chrome, but DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG appears regardless of web browser I use. I’ve searched for the fixes, but nothing has helped. Maybe you can offer some tips to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error? Thanks in advance.

Solved Answer

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error is the common issue appearing on various systems, so Windows 10 is not an exception. The error mainly shows up in the Google Chrome web browser when the connection is giving you problems, so there is a possible way to fix it.[1] However, the issue may be caused by other reasons.

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG is an error related to DNS network service. Usually, the error appears when the user browses the Internet and attempts to visit a random website. Some people claim that DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error touches Google Chrome only, which is not true.

Since the problem is not related to the browser directly, IE, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari can also be affected. This error occurs due to network problems, faulty configure settings, DNS server inaccessibility or firewall.[2] Therefore, if the DNS server cannot translate the names of outside servers due to corrupted settings or other reasons, DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error prevents access to many websites.

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error 

Although that sounds complicated, you don’t have to understand all DNS-related peculiarities to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error. What you have to do is to follow the instructions that we provide below. Most of the users have successfully dealt with this issue by themselves, so don’t wait any longer.
DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error message typically says:

Google Chrome can’t display the webpage because your computer isn’t connected to the Internet.
Check your Internet connection
Check any cables and reboot any routers, modems or other network devices you may be using.
Allow Chrome to access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings.
If it is already listed as a program allowed to access the network, try removing it from the list and adding it again.
Error Code: DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG

Ways to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error

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Also, we have prepared instructions that should help to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error, please let us know and we are going to figure out what other fixes can help in your case. But try a few methods at once, at least, before complaining or giving up.

Remove DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error on Windows 

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  1. Hold Windows Key and Press R.
  2. Type cmd in the box and hit Enter to open Command Prompt.
  3. When the black window opens, type ipconfig /flushdns command in it and hit Enter.
  4. After that, hold Windows key and press R one more time.
    Command prompt method
  5. Type type ncpa.cpl and click OK to access Network Connection.
  6. Now we have to update DNS settings, so identify your network adapter in the opened list, right-click on it and select Properties.
  7. Find and click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Once you click on this option, it should become highlighted in grey. Select Properties.
  8. In the new window, mark the Use the following DNS server addresses option.
  9. After that, type the following:
    Preferred DNS SERVER: 8.8.8.8
    Alternate DNS SERVER 8.8.4.4
  10. Click OK and close all remaining windows.

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  • Go to your Chrome or other browsers.
  • Locate Settings in your browser and look for an option Browsing data or History.
  • You should now be able to clear cookies and cached data.
    Clearing data from the browser

Eliminate DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG from Mac OS X

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  1. Go to the Apple menu, select “System Preferences” and click “Network.
  2. Enter the password (if required to authenticate) to proceed with the changes.
    DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG appears on Mac devices too
  3. Select the network connection you want to modify:
    -To change Google Public DNS setting on Ethernet, click on “Built-In Ethernet” and select “Advanced
    -To change wireless network settings, choose “Airport” and, again, opt for the “Advanced” settings
  4. If you want to replace listed addresses click +. Or, you can also add new Google IP address to the list. Type: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.
  5. When you complete these steps, press apply and OK.

Remove DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG from Android

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To change DNS settings on Android, follow these instructions:

  1. Open “Settings” and go to “Wi-Fi.”
  2. Press-hold your selected network and then click “Modify network.
  3. Opt for the advanced options by marking the “Show advanced options” box.
  4. Choose “Static” next to the “IP settings.”
  5. Type in DNS servers IP addresses to “DNS 1” and “DNS 2” sections.
  6. Click “Save” and reconnect to the network to activate the settings.

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Jake Doe is a News Editor at Ugetfix. Since he met Ugnius Kiguolis in 2003, they both launched several projects that spread awareness about cybercrimes, malware, and other computer-related problems.

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