How to Fix ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR on Google Chrome?

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Issue: How to Fix ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR on Google Chrome?

I get an ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR on Chrome. It occurs when accessing ransom websites, but all of them are trustful. What could the problem be?

Solved Answer

ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR is a Google Chrome[1] error, which occurs regardless of the OS type, device’s age or other browser-unrelated factors. It affects users who employ Google Chrome web browser as their default web browser only.

The error shows up when trying to access random websites, including YouTube, Gmail, Reddit, Wikipedia or Tumblr. According to people’s reports, it looks like Google-related websites with the HTTPS[2] enabled return the ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR most frequently.

There are various speculations about the culprit of the ERR SPDY PROTOCOL ERROR, but as the name of the error indicates, it may step from the SPDY protocol.[3] The latter is a feature developed by Google to speed up the loading time of the websites. However, Google banned the SPDY protocol due to the HTTP 2 Vulnerability.[4] If you are using an old version of Google Chrome, it may still be supporting SPDY protocol and, consequently, it confronts with the Google-related websites.ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR fix

In this particular case, the solution would be to update Google Chrome to the latest version available. If that did not help, the culprit of the Chrome blocking random websites may be related to your anti-virus program, which blocks particular websites for one or another reason. In this case, you should check the blocked items list under your anti-virus settings. If that did not help either, try the following ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR fixes.

Clear browsing data

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The easiest way to fix ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR on Google Chrome is to clear browsing data, but before doing that, try restarting the browser. If you tend to leave your browser unclosed for several days or so, it may start malfunctioning.

If, however, restarting did not help, clear cookies, plug-in data, cached images and files. These three options will be marked by default once you open the Clear browsing data section on Chrome’s settings.

  • Open Google Chrome and click on Menu icon (three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the website).
  • Open Settings and scroll down to the bottom.
  • Expand the Advanced settings section.
  • Locate the Clear browsing data option and click on it.
  • Here you’ll see Basic and Advanced tabs at the top. If you are afraid of losing passwords, autofill data, and other customized settings, stick to the Basic data clearance. There you’ll see Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files options marked by default. Leave them as they are.
  • Click Clear data and wait for the process to be finished.
  • Finally, restart Chrome and check if that helped.

Clear browsing data

Check Anti-Virus and Firewall settings

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In any antivirus software, you should find a section of active protection and the blocked websites list. If you are encountering a stop error ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR when opening only one website, try to find the blocked sites list and include the one that returns an error into the exclusion list. Besides, try to disable HTTP scanning option, which should be included into the main settings list.

Most of the people who encountered the ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR error were using Avast. If you are using it as well, navigate to Avast GUI > Settings > Active Protection and click on Customize for Web Shield. Under the URLs to exclude list, add the website that it being blocked by the Google Chrome error.

Flush Socket

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  • Open Google Chrome and paste the chrome://net-internals/#sockets in the address bar.
  • Press Enter to open Flush Sockets window.
  • Click on Flush Socket Pools.
  • After that, try to open any website that you were not able to visit before.

Flush Sockets

Flush DNS

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  • Right-click on Windows key and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Copy and paste the following commands one-by-one. Press Enter after each and wait for the command to be executed.
    ipconfig/flushdns
    ipconfig/release
    ipconfig/renew

Flush DNS

Reset Google Chrome settings to default

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If none of the methods listed above helped, try to reset Google Chrome. For this purpose, you should:

  • Open Google Chrome and click on Menu icon (three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the website).
  • Open Settings and scroll down to the bottom.
  • Expand the Advanced settings section.
  • Find the Restore Settings box and click Reset.
  • Once done, restart Chrome and check if these steps helped to fix ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR error.

Reset Chrome's settings to default

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