DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config Error in Google Chrome

Google chrome is the most used browser on Earth. It is known for its butter user-friendly interface, Google ecosystem and butter smooth surfing experience. But while using Chrome you may have come across the DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config Error. This error is mainly related to DNS service networks. In layman’s words, some bugs in the browser hinder an user from visiting certain web addresses. You may face this error while trying to access certain WebPages.

Many may say that DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config error is only exclusive to chrome. But this type of errors may also appear in other well known browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Internet Safari etc.

But no need to worry as in this article we will learn, on how to fix this problem. The steps or methods to be followed are as follows.

METHOD 1: Configure DNS manually

  1. Click on Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Open Network and Internet from the control panel list.
  3. Then select Network and sharing center.
  4. As the Network and sharing center appears select Change Adapter Settings.
  5. Right click on the current Internet connection in use.
  6. As the right click drop down list appears click on
  7. Again double left click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP V4).
  8. See the DNS section consisting of Preferred DNS Address bar or Alternative DNS Address bar.
  9. It’s better to call up your service provider and ask him for the appropriate Preferred and Alternative address bar digits.
  10. If that is not possible type in, 8.8.8 in the Preferred Address Bar.
  11. And type in 8.4.4 in the Alternate Address Bar.
  12. Restart the computer and check if the error has been resolved or not, as the DNS of your computer has been modified manually this error should get resolved though this.

The same steps can also be performed via command prompt the steps to do the same via command prompt are as follows:-

  1. Click on the start button and type in cmd to start the command prompt.
  2. Then type in

pconfig /flushdns

This will flush away any error if present within the DNS network.

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METHOD 2: Reset IP Configuration.  

  1. Click on the Windows Start button and type in cmd in the search bar.
  2. The black colored command prompt window appears.
  3. Then type in the following commands

netch int ip rest

netch winsock reset

ipconfig/ flushdns

ipconfig/ renew

  1. Finally reboot your computer to check if the issue has been resolved.

METHOD 3: Clear cookie, Cache and Temporary Files.

  1. Open your Google chrome browser.
  2. Open Setting from the top right hand site option.
  3. Then select History from the Setting’s List or you can directly open it by pressing ctrl+h.
  4. Click on all the type of things like History, temporary files, Cache memory to delete.
  5. Close the browser and re-open it to check if the error has been fix or not.

METHOD 4: Update Network Drivers.

DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config error can occur if your network drivers are back-dated. Update your Network drivers to resolve it.

  1. Click on the Start button and type in Device Manager in the search bar.
  2. Select Device Manager from it. From it look for the different network drivers running.
  3. Check if any drivers can be updates.
  4. If any update is possible update the network drivers.
  5. Restart your computer to check if the issue has been resolved.

I this error is caused due to non-up gradation of any network driver, the error should have been resolved. If it still not resolved continue with the other methods below.

METHOD 5: Disable firewall and Anti-virus Programs

Sometimes the anti-virus or windows firewall installed in your computer may be main cause for the occurance of the DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config error. Sometime anti-virus software and firewalls often block certain websites which might be harmful, resulting in the occurrence of DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config error. So try disabling your anti-virus and observe if the error still persists or not.

If you want to disable the windows firewall, the necessary steps needed are as follows:

  1. Click on the Start and type in Defender and click on the first result to launch the Windows Defender Security Center.
  2. Now click on the virus protection and threat settings.
  3. Un-tick or un-check the Realtime protection option.
  4. Then again go to the start and then to control panel.
  5. From the control panel select System and Security
  6. Then click on the option of “Turn Firewall on or off”
  7. Turn off the firewall, from there.

Since both your anti-virus and firewall has been turned off, check if the problem has resolved or not.

METHOD 6: Disconnect and reconnect to the network.

This can be an issue of the Local Area network which you are using. Try disconnecting and then again reconnecting to the network. Often it happens that due to some bugs DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config error appears. This can be avoided by restarting the network.

METHOD 7: Use a different browser

Though this DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config error is not browser specific and is not only inclusive to Chrome. But using other browsers may resolve the issue. This type of error can also occur in other web browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Internet Safari. Try using a different browser and check if the issue still persists on the other browser as well.

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This article provides you all the possible ways on how to fix the DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config error. Undoubtedly, this error is a big headache for any internet user. But the best thing is that it can be ultimately resolved by following these easy steps. The main problem arises due to some corrupt files or information in the DNS network system on your computer. It may also occur due to some third party anti-virus which may block a certain webpage or due to the own in-built windows firewall system or due to some incorrect IP address settings. The seven methods mentions here are the permutation of all the steps possible to resolve this error.

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