If you keep seeing the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET error whenever you try to load a webpage on your browser, the solutions in the article will help you resolve the problem.

Clear Your Browser Cache

The DNS Probe Finished No Internet error message could result from problematic cache, cookies, and other browser files. Clearing them could resolve the issue.

Open Google Chrome and click on the three dots in the top-right corner. Select More Tools >> Clear Browsing Data.

Clear Your Browser Cache

Choose a time range when the Clear Browsing Data dialog appears, then select the data you want to clear. You can go to the Advanced tab for more options. After selecting the data to be removed, click on the Clear Data button.

click on the Clear Data button

Release and Renew Your IP Address

Your computer is assigned a unique IP address whenever you connect to an internet service provider or a modem. The address helps identify each device on a local network so data can be transferred correctly.

IP addresses are assigned by a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server. It leases the IP address to your computer over a period. It can choose to reassign the IP address if your machine doesn’t use it for a while. The IP address will be withdrawn whenever its lease time expires. However, this shouldn’t halt your internet connection. If things are configured correctly, your computer should automatically renew the lease or get a new IP address.

Sometimes, though, the lease won’t automatically renew, causing internet connection issues, like the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET error.

In this case, you’ll have to release your current IP address and renew it.

You’ll have to use a couple of commands in the Command Prompt window to do that. Follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Windows logo button on your keyboard to launch the Start menu.
  2. After the Start menu shows up, type CMD and click on Run as Administrator under Command Prompt.

Release your current IP address and renew it

  1. Click on Yes in the confirmation pop-up.
  2. After the Administrator: Command Prompt window shows up, type the following lines, and hit the Enter key after entering each line:

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

Type ipconfig /renew

  1. Restart your computer and check for the issue.

Flush Your DNS Cache

The domain name system (DNS) server is responsible for matching numerical IP addresses with alphanumeric, human-friendly domain names. Before your computer makes a connection, the DNS server has to look up the URL you’re typing into the address bar.

Your operating system stores the DNS information of the sites you’ve visited in a local cache file to improve internet speed. This way, your system won’t have to constantly look up DNS data for websites you have already opened.

That said, the cache can get corrupted over time or contain the wrong information. This will ultimately slow down your network or cause connectivity failures. Whenever the operating system detects corruption, it’ll have to send a new request to a DNS server before loading your website. In some cases, the request fails and produces an error.

You can get rid of the problem here by flushing the cache. However, Windows begins to gather new DNS information when you do this.

Here’s how to flush the DNS:

  1. Tap the Windows logo button on your keyboard to launch the Start menu.
  2. After the Start menu shows up, type CMD and click on Run as Administrator under Command Prompt.
  3. Click on Yes in the confirmation pop-up.
  4. After the Administrator: Command Prompt window shows up, type ipconfig /flushdns and hit the Enter key.

You can also flush the cache using Windows PowerShell. Press Win + X, click on Windows Terminal (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin) and click Yes. Next, type ipconfig /flushdns into the Administrator: Windows PowerShell window and hit the Enter key.

Update Your Network Adapter Driver

An outdated network card driver could cause the browser error in question. The driver allows the network card to communicate with your operating system to handle internet connection requests. If you have recently upgraded to a new operating system, such as Windows 11, you may have to update the network driver.

There are different ways to update the driver. For starters, you can go through the Windows Update utility. Secondly, you can download and install the updated driver from the card manufacturer’s website or your computer OEM’s support page. Finally, you can also use a third-party driver downloader to update outdated device drivers automatically.

Utilizing Windows Update

Using Windows Update to install your network adapter’s latest driver is a trick that’s been around for a while. Device manufacturers send updated drivers to Microsoft. The drivers are then rolled out through the Windows Update platform. In some cases, they reside in the client as optional downloads.

Follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Start menu and type Windows Update.
  2. When you see the Windows Update page, allow the client to download available updates, then restart your computer if it requests permission to do so.
  3. Return to the Windows Update page and click on Optional Updates. If you use Windows 11, select Advanced Options under Windows Update and click on Optional Updates.
  4. When the Optional Updates page shows up, expand the Driver Updates section, select the driver you want to install, and click on the Download & Install button.

Going Through the Manufacturer’s Website

One of the best ways to get the latest driver is by going to the network card manufacturer’s website. That’s because Microsoft delays deployment through Windows Update. After all, the submitted driver still has to jump through verification hoops.

Going through this process means you have to know the make and model of your card. That’s because you need the info to search for the driver. You’ll also have to choose the architecture of your operating system.

Using a Third-Party Program

Updating outdated drivers can be a tedious affair. You have to remember to check different device drivers from time to time to make sure you don’t hit an unexpected glitch.

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Reset the Winsock Component

Short for Windows Socket, the Winsock component is a dynamic link library resource or API that determines how web applications use your computer’s network. If it gets corrupt, your system will lose internet access.

Resetting it should resolve any issue. Follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Windows logo button on your keyboard to launch the Start menu.
  2. After it shows up, type CMD and click on Run as Administrator under Command Prompt.
  3. Click on Yes in the confirmation pop-up.
  4. After the Administrator: Command Prompt window shows up, type netsh Winsock reset, and hit the Enter key.

Type netsh Winsock reset, and hit the Enter key

Change Your DNS Server

By default, your internet service provider supplies a DNS server to handle DNS resolution requests. However, these servers don’t always do a good job and sometimes end up causing errors. You’re better off with a public DNS server like Google’s.

Here’s how to change your DNS server:

  1. Launch the Start menu and type “network status.”
  2. Click on View Network Connections from the results.

Rght-click on your internet device and select Properties

  1. After the Network Connections page shows up, right-click on your internet device and select Properties.

Right-click on your internet device and select Properties

  1. Next, click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on the Properties button.

Change the settings of Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

  1. Now, select “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter the following:

For Preferred DNS Server: 8.8.8.8

For Alternate DNS Server: 8.8.4.4

Setup DNS server addresses

Remember to hit the space button after typing each number.

  1. Click on OK.

Conclusion

That’s how to fix the “This webpage is not available dns_probe_finished_no_internet ” error.

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