Fix: dns_probe_finished_bad_config on Google Chrome

dns_probe_finished_bad_config prevents you from accessing websites, causes issues with connecting to outside services. As the name suggests, this is a DNS related error. The function of DNS is to resolve/translate names so when your system cannot resolve or translate the address, you will get this error or DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN

How to Fix dns_probe_finished_bad_config on Windows 7, 8 and 10

By default, your computer is set to use the DNS configured in your router or modem which is Internet Providers DNS unless it has been changed. I always recommend using public dns servers, which you should  see  in this guide as they are most active and have a 99% uptime. If you don’t understand, don’t worry, just follow the steps below.

Hold  Windows key and press R

In the run dialog, type cmd and click OK

When the Black Command Prompt opens, type the following in it and Hit Enter.

ipconfig /flushdns
Flushing DNS via Command Prompt
Flushing DNS via Command Prompt

This will flush dns cache. Which is sometimes, the cause when there is a change in the DNS and the system is looking up its local cache to take you to the websites.

Once this is done, Hold  Windows key and press R again.

This time, type ncpa.cpl and Click OK.

You will be taken to the network connections.

What we need to do here, is update your DNS settings.

Identify your network adapter, which is connected and right click it, then choose Properties.

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Network Adapter Properties

Then, from the properties pane, click “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” once so that it becomes highlighted in grey and select Properties again.

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Changing Settings for the IPv4

Put check on use the following dns server addresses and enter the following for Preferred DNS Server and Alternate DNS Server

Preferred DNS SERVER: 8.8.8.8
Alternate DNS SERVER 8.8.4.4
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Changing DNS to Public Servers

Click OK and close the rest of the windows.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kamil Anwar


Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.
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