DNS probe finished no internet

Because of a DNS failure, or malfunction (in this article I will tell you what it is and why it happens), users very often see various errors in their browsers. And one such error is DNS PROBE FINISHED NO INTERNET. But the problem is not even with the error, but with the fact that the browser is unable to access the site. Most often this message is displayed in Google Chrome. In Opera, Firefox, Edge the error itself, or the description may be slightly different.

As a result, your computer is connected to the Internet and seems to work, but websites can't be opened in any browser. Except that the Internet in some programs may work. This only confirms once again that there is a problem with DNS.

Apart from the error DNS probe finished no Internet, there is another similar and very popular error - "dns probe finished nxdomain".

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From my own experience, I can tell you that fixing this problem is not difficult. There are a few proven solutions that should work. I looked through the Internet to see what people wrote about this error. It's a lot of nonsense. For example, I advise to reset the router! That is exactly what you should not do in this situation. And after such advice, in addition to the error with DNS appears not configured router. And the Internet stops working at all.

DNS probe finished no Internet - what does it mean and what to do?

First, in a nutshell I will explain how DNS works. When we try to enter a site, we enter the address which we are accustomed to. For example, https://help-wifi.com. Or follow a link. But the thing is that we can't get access to the site by this address. Every site on the Internet can be accessed by IP-address (which is made up of digits). But entering and remembering such addresses is not very convenient. This is where DNS servers come in. Their task is to convert the usual, familiar to us addresses of sites in their IP-addresses. The browser then loads the site and displays it.

Usually, we use the DNS servers of our Internet service provider by default. It is not uncommon for these servers to simply stop working, or for some reason simply not work consistently (e.g. from a heavy load on them). This is one of the reasons why the "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET" message appears in your browser.

The problem may also be on the side of a particular internet resource. Or in the settings of the computer itself. For instance, in the operation of the DNS-client service. It is not rare that some malicious software (or sometimes users themselves) change network settings in Windows, after which the DNS-server stops responding and similar errors occur.

How do I fix the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET error?

In Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP, this error can be fixed using almost the same methods, which I will detail in this article. But first, go through these points carefully:

  • If you see this error when you visit any one particular site (and other resources open), then most likely the problem is on the server side where that site is hosted. Try opening it on a different device/on a different connection.
  • It is advisable to reboot your computer and router first. If you are connecting to the internet via a router.
  • If possible, you can try connecting to the internet in another way. For example, via another Wi-Fi network. This way we can exclude or confirm DNS probe finished no Internet error caused by ISP or router.
  • Make sure you are connected to the internet without errors. Pay attention to the tray icon. There should not be a yellow exclamation mark. If there is, it's a whole other problem.

Let's move on to more serious solutions. Begin with the most efficient (in my opinion).

Use an alternate DNS

Of all the solutions, my first suggestion would be to use Goggle DNS servers in your Internet connection properties. I personally use them all the time.

It is really easy to do. To quickly open the Network Connections window, press Win + R, type ncpa.cpl, and press Ok.

Highlight the "IP Version 4" protocol and click on Properties and type in the addresses: 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

After these actions error should disappear.

Cleaning the DNS cache

One more decision which on my supervision not seldom helps to correct an error with a code DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET. The idea is to flush the DNS cache. It's not hard to do.

Run the command line as administrator. Copy this command to the command line and execute (by pressing ENTER): ipconfig /flushdns

A message should pop up saying that the cache was successfully flushed. It's best to reboot the computer afterwards.

You can try resetting the network settings if none of the solutions in the article help you to resolve the problem with accessing the sites.