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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.

Download and run Reimage Plus to scan for corrupt files from here, if files are found to be corrupt and missing repair them and then see if the BAD DNS Configuration issue is resolved, if not move on to the manual 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.

113 Comments

  1. it works only for few min(max 1 hour) and again starts the same problem even though above DNS settings changed.There are multiple fixes again on the web but nothing works for more than a day .Issue repeats again.

  2. Thanks for including mini-explanations. It makes it easy for those of us who are not too IT literate to understand what the steps do.

  3. sorry for late reply.I Use default anti virus comes with windows called windows defender.Firewall is windows firewall which is ON.Those settings what i changed with IP address in DNS still same appear when i recheck the TCP IP properties.Something seems to be happening.

  4. thank you so much, easiest way i found and perfectly resolved the problem, while microsoft forum was eating my brain with idiotic solutions

  5. My computer already had the 8888 and 8844 configuration so is still not connecting to the Internet 🙁 any idea on what to do now?

  6. I tryed doing the version 4 thing but it wont let me open the properties when the version 4 (TCP/IPv4) is highlited. What do I do? Even the command promote thing isnt working on this

  7. Ok, and about performance, the public dns provided by Open DNS are also as good as Google public dns?

  8. Click on your “Apple” menu and choose “System Preferences“.
    Double-Click on the “Network” icon.
    Go to the “TCP/IP” tab. …
    Enter two or DNS server IP address, the ones given above.
    Apply your settings by clicking the “Apply Now” button.

  9. Thanks for the fix! Changed the router settings instead of network connections though cause it was faster and fixed the issue for every other user.

  10. Hi Dear
    I have tried the same for my Laptop (windows) and the problem resolved but the same problem still exist in Anrdoid mobiles connected to wifi network.
    Please help

  11. It worked at first but after i shut down my laptop and the internet and turn them on the next day it not working anymore, i repeat the steps but nothing happens. The troubleshoot result stated that my computer appears to be correctly configured, but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding. Is that mean i have to change something on my internet setting? Pls help, im desperate.

  12. Update the DNS to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as stated above. If you already have done this, then please re-do and check. Also disable your Antivirus & Any Internet Security Programs.

  13. I tried … but no reaction on the ‘ncpa.cpl’ command. I also can’t open the networkproperties. The PC is not reacting. What can be wrong?

  14. Once I get to the WiFi properties I have an iPv6 not an iPv4. It then reads that the two suggested DNS servers are invalid. What can I do from here?

  15. It worked for 4 days then again it shows the same problem!! can i get a permanent solution pls???

  16. Thank you for the simple steps… Truly appreciate the knowledge to self help with out the frustrations.. Extremely happy internet user.

  17. Thank you so much! Man, quite a number of probs popping out of my laptop since the win10 update.

  18. Thanks!!! I had this problem for the longest time and always assumed that it was because I had a very old wireless router, this worked!

  19. Been having this same issue for about a month. It’s only when I use my surface pro 3 on my home network (Time Warner Cable) They say it’s an OS issue, and recommended this page to fix. It didn’t change anything. (And I’m sure it’s coincidence, but it seems worse.) Anyone else have this not fix their issue then find another?

  20. You must have installed something on your surface which is resulting in this error, try doing a clean boot and disable/uninstall any apps recently installed after which the issue started.

  21. Thank for sharing with nice and usfull post you post is very useful me thank i will come back again on this website for see useful post. this is solve my problem thanks admin for this post

  22. i am getting this error on all my devices when it connects to our home router, but doesnt happen when we connect to other wifi’s do you think this is the same problem?

  23. OMG YOU ARE BLOODY AMAZING!!!!!! I had to fix 6 different issues on my computer, 1 after another to finally get down to this error TT__TT and you helped me fix it…i was on the verge of formating my entire system XD YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!!!!

  24. Thanks man I hat worked for me. What kind of a study did u do for being MCTS.I too hve interest in doing such things.

  25. This worked for me. However the next day i had to do it again, is there anyway to configure the settings so they stick permanently

  26. Thanks! I had this error after using a VPN service and I thought it would take hours to find a fix! Thanks to this it didn’t! And again, you have my thanks.

  27. Thanks a lot. Before this was unable to load the youtube & facebook. Really appreciate for sharing it with us. You made my day.

  28. Each time I update the DNS settings on my Windows 7 computer to use 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 the result is I cannot get to any web site. When I revert back to “Obtain DNS server address automatically” I can get to all web sites except the one that displays DNS errors every few days. Is there something else I can check that might be blocking the use of 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4?

  29. i can use all other like google youtube and facebook but wen i am trying to load kickass.cr, torrentz website to download using utorrent so i need to set this dns aur other if this dns work would it give problem to other sites

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