DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG is the error which many of us must have faced at least once and what we usually think is that we are having some problem with our internet connection and this error is caused due to that only. Well, this improper internet connection could be the cause of DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG but not every time it is at fault. Google, as well as many other browsers, how this error while we are accessing a certain website but fortunately it is very easy to fix this error.



Though the main reason for the occurrence of this error is the issues in the internet connectivity, there could we few other reasons also (which in some or the other way leads to improper network connection):

  • Some problem in your router
  • IP address got changed by mistake
  • Due to the DNS cache
  • Some issues in your hardware

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Before going to start trying to use various methods to fix this error you may first try to solve this problem by trying some simple and basic steps like:

  • Delete cookies and cache files
  • Reload the browser with CTRL + SHIFT + R.
  • Update your network driver
  • Restart router.

If even after trying these basic steps and then restarting your computer doesn’t help, then go on to follow these methods mentioned below.


Method 1: Renew IP Address: sometimes due to certain internal changes and occurrences the IP address gets changed automatically, which may further lead to such errors. To renew the IP address just follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Open command prompt by applying combination “window key + R” and typing cmd on the blank space that appears in the box.

Step 2: You first need to release the previous IP address that was creating the problem, and for that, you have to write the following line on the command prompt: “ipconfig /release” and then press enter to run it.

Step 3: Now you have to create a new IP address by just typing “ipconfig /renew” on command prompt and then press enter to run it.                                                                        

Method 2: Flush the DNS cache: This is another such method that ensures proper network connectivity by deleting complete DNS cache.

Step 1: open command prompt (steps to open command prompt is mentioned in the previous method)

Step 2: type the line given below in the command prompt to delete DNS cache

Step 3: ipconfig /dns

Method 3: Change DNS server

If all the methods mentioned above do not turn out to be of much use then you can try to change the DNS server. To change the DNS server you just need to follow these simple steps:

Step 1: right click on the network icon gave the right bottom of the windows screen.

Step 2: Select “open network and sharing center”

Step 3: click on the properties tab on the left bottom of the box.

Step 4: you will see a checklist from where you need to select “internet protocol version 4”

Step 5: and just below that you will see a properties tab, click on that

Step 6: there click on the radio button beside “use the following DNS server addresses”

Step 7: set preferred server address as and alternate DNS server address as and then click on the OKAY tab given below.

Method 4: Disable the Firewall and Antivirus in your system

Sometimes such network related errors may be created due to the updating of your firewall or antivirus. If you have recently updated your firewall or antivirus, and then these errors are caused, then you need to return back to the old versions of those software and consult your vendor for the issues that it created.

Method 5: Change the internal catalog of IP addresses: if the above methods turn out to be useless to you, give this method a try, you have to just follow the steps given below to change the internal IP addresses catalog:

Step 1: open the command prompt as mentioned in the methods that are mentioned above.

Step 2: type the following lines at the command prompt.

  1. nets hint ip reset

Press enter

  1. netsh winsock reset catalog and then press enter

Power supply can also be the cause of certain errors in the internet connection but that is a rare case, but still you can try cycling of power supply by removing all the plugs from sockets and disconnecting the internet connection too and after keeping it for about 10 to 20 minutes you can plug everything in their respective place and then you can restart the system and check whether your browser is working properly or not.

All the above methods are quite useful as well as cost and time efficient. Within few clicks, you can get the error removed even without wasting any money and any disturbance in your system. Just make sure after every method you reload the browser or better restart the whole system.

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