We come across multiple errors while surfing the internet. And, most of the times, they can be fixed by one self. And, since internet is the first place itself where one goes to in order to resolve any error, here we are to help you.
Before we begin with the steps that will help you get rid of the DNS domain error, you have to know that DNS stands for Domain name servers while NXDOMAIN signifies non-existent domain. The error actually occurs owing to some problems in the configuration of the DNS.
What is the DNS after all?
The basic working of a DNS involves producing IP addresses for the machine from existing human language domain names. This in turn helps derive information through the server by connecting the server of the user to the destination web server. A DNS works within seconds and there isn’t much time that goes into it, thereby keeping it ideal to perform other functions. While a connection between the destination server and the client server is an essential, there doesn’t have to be any business connection.
Now, in a lay man’s language, we are searching for content and browsing data online via a domain name, Google.com for example. However, it is actually the IP address that is put to work via the domain names, for the latter is easy to be remembered.
If that makes you wonder how does it all work, the let us explain it to your quickly. Upon searching for a domain name in the search box, the DNS looks up for the related IP address and that is when you receive the displayed the result. However, if in case, the DNS fails to look up for the related IP address, that is when the NXDOMAIN error occurs. Because, according to the server, there is no such domain, and hence, no such related IP address.
Now if you are dealing with such an error code, then there are methods that you can try for yourself before reaching out to anyone. And, following are the various methods that you can follow in order to get rid of it so that the system is back to functioning normally.
Fix Error Code DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN (5 Easy methods)
Method 1 : Changes in the TCP/IP proxy settings
Some changes in the DNS settings will enable the system to catch and lookup for the IP address that initially seems to come across as an error while searching. There are a mere basic steps to be followed so as to tweak the DNS settings a little and here they are:
- Go to network and sharing centers
- Here, select ‘change adapter settings’
- Now, you have to located your internet source(LAN/Wi-Fi) and with a right click, go to the properties
- Now, in the window that opens, select ‘Internet protocol 4 (TCP/IPv4) and go to properties
- And then, by selecting the ‘use the following DNS server addresses’ option, type 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
- Having done that, simply click OK and close the tab
Method 2 : Use the command prompt
A list of commands can be applied, all individually, and they will gradually all help in getting rid of the error.
- Go to the windows search box and look up for cmd
- Right click on the search box, and here, choose ‘run as an administrator’
- Here, you will have to simply type the following commands, each followed by an enter
netsh int ip set dns
netsh winsock reset
(you will have to run each of the commands individually)
- Having followed the steps mentioned above, simply restart the system and check if the error still prevails
Method 3 : Clear your DNS’ cache
As mentioned, the primary cause of the error is that the DNS thinks that what you are looking for is a non-existent domain name, and hence, this might turn out to be of help.
- Search for command prompt in the windows search box
- On the command prompt app, simply type ipconfig / flushdns followed by enter
- This will ensure that there is no DNS cache left on your PC. Simply restart the system and you will be good to go!
Method 4 : Restart the DNS client
Something as basic as restarting the PC because it doesn’t seem to be working, a similar approach is taken with regards to the DNS.
- In order to restart the DNS all together, press ctrl + R.
- On the dialogue box, type services.msc.
- Once the Services window opens, look up for DNS client
- With a right click on DNS client, click on restart and the DNS client will then restart
Method 5 : How to deal with DNS probe error on MAC
While the above methods were all applicable for your MAC, here is one quick method to work it out on your MAC.
- Go to spotlight and search for terminal
- On the terminal application, type the following:
sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder; say DNS cache has been flushed
- Press the return button and your DNS cache will be cleared
- In case asked for, enter the password, and with it, the DNS flushing shall be complete
- Followed by the about procedures, restart the system for an error free webpage
It couldn’t have been any easier, could it? For as long as your internet seems to be working, or at least you have some access to the net, you can pretty much conquer your system if not the world. And, if in case the error still seems to be haunting you, or if it comes ever again, you might want to try and reinstall Google Chrome web browser all over again. Try to work with the settings in default, as that might help the browser automatically deal with any such error, or better so, prevent it from happening.
If error continues to prevail (which we know they won’t), you can go up to an IT expert who could bring you some relief!