3 Ways to Fix DNS_PROBE_STARTED Error on Google Chrome

DNS PROBE STARTED

Some users have often reported that when they open a website, a “DNS_PROBE_STARTED” error appears. Do you know what that error means? Here are some possible ways to solve the issue.

What is DNS_PROBE_STARTED?

This DNS_PROBE STARTED error can occur when you least expect it. It even occurs when you open certain websites. The error warning is related to a specific problem of the network.

It is also related to a misconfiguration of DNS settings or other problems with internet settings. Hence, you will need to uninstall & reinstall your network drivers, change the DNS address or refresh the DNS through the command prompt.

1: Change ipv4/ipv6 DNS address

The first way is to try to change the DNS address.

Step 1: Click Windows + S button. Please search for the control panel and click it.

Change ipv4 1

Step 2: Select Network and Sharing Center

Change ipv4 2

Step 3: Click “Change adapter settings.”

Change ipv4 3

Step 4: You will be redirected to all your Network connections. Select the specific connection that you want to configure the public DNS.

Change ipv4 4

Step 5: If you want to change your WiFi connection, right-click then select properties.

Change ipv4 5

Step 6: A dialog box will appear. When you scroll down, you will see Internet Protocol version 4 and Internet Protocol version 6. Click on any of them and select properties

Step 7: On the next page, make sure the “Obtain a new IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically” are checked.

Step 8: Restart the computer. The changes will be saved.


2: Uninstall and reinstall the network driver

Another method is by uninstalling and reinstalling the network driver.

Step 1: First, uninstall the current network driver of the computer.

Step 2: Click on the Windows key + X on the keyboard.

Step 3: Select Device Manager on the list.

Uninstall and reinstall the network driver 3

Step 4: Search for the specific Network adapter/drivers from the device list. Select for the particular device, then right-click and “Uninstall.”

Uninstall and reinstall the network driver 4

Step 5: Follow all the steps until you are done. Then restart your computer.

Step 6: You can use the driver easy to install a new network driver, depending on your device.

Uninstall and reinstall the network driver 6

That procedure should help to solve the issue.


3: Refresh DNS

Another way to solve the issue is to refresh DNS.

Step 1: Click on Windows + R button to open the RUN command.

Step 2: On the command prompt, type CMD.

Refresh DNS 2

Step 3: Now write the following commands respectively. First, type the following code and press “Enter.” It will execute the command.

ipconfig /release

Step 4: Type the following code and press Enter. It will execute the command.

ipconfig /renew

Step 5: Type the following code and press Enter. It will execute the command.

ipconfig /flushdns

Step 6: Type the following code and press Enter. It will execute the command.

netsh int ip set DNS

Step 7: Type the following code and press Enter. It will execute the command.

netsh Winsock reset

Remember to execute all five commands each at a time. That will refresh the DNS.

Final Thoughts

If you do any of these, it can help solve the issue. However, do one at a time checking whether it is solving the issue. However, try to follow the steps to prevent you from making a mistake in the process. The error should stop appearing.

1 thought on “3 Ways to Fix DNS_PROBE_STARTED Error on Google Chrome”

  1. I’d like to express my gratitude to the author of this article. The third method worked immaculately. (I can’t vouch for the other two since I haven’t tried them.)

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