In this article, learn how to fix the “DNS lookup failed“ error in Google Chrome. The error says “The server at www.example.com can’t be found, because the DNS lookup failed.”
Let me explain what this error is and how to fix it?
DNS lookup failure is a common error in Google Chrome browser ( along with ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS or DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN) when you are using any broadband connection. This error is most often caused by having no connection to the Internet or a misconfigured network. It can also be caused by an unresponsive DNS server or a firewall preventing Google Chrome from accessing the network.
When this error happens, you unable to open any websites in Google Chrome. Don’t worry, because this tutorial will show you how to fix DNS Lookup Failed error in Windows 10/8/7 computer.
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How To Fix “DNS Lookup Failed” Error in Windows 10/8/7
Method 1. Change Default DNS Server
If DNS Server not responding may cause that DNS Lookup Failed error could occur in your Chrome browser. Thus, to get rid of this problem, you simply change the default DNS server on your computer with a third-party DNS service, like OpenDNS or Google’s DNS. To do that, follow these steps:
Step 1. Open Control Panel. To do so, tap the Start button to open the Start Menu in Windows 10. Then type control panel in the search box and click Control Panel in the results.
Step 2. In Control Panel (icons view), go to Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > click Change adapter settings.
Step 3. Right-click on the connection icon (either Wireless Network Connection or Local Area Connection), then click Properties.
Step 4. Next, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click Properties.
Step 5. Then, right-click on the connection icon (either Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection), then select Properties.
Step 6. Now, you will see two boxes to enter DNS servers. Check the radio button for Use the following DNS server address then enter the following server address:
Google’s DNS: 220.127.116.11 / 18.104.22.168
Step 7. Click OK to save changes. Reboot your computer and then the error should be resolved immediately.
Method 2. Flush DNS
According to users, you should be able to fix “DNS lookup failed” error by flushing all DNS caches on your Windows computer. To do that, following these steps:
Step 1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
Step 2. When Command Prompt window opens, type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.
Step 3. You can now close Command Prompt window and reboot the machine.
After restarting your computer, all the records in the DNS cache have been removed and the error is gone.
In addition, you should also clear all cookies and cached files in your Google Chrome browser. This will increase the success percentage of this method. If you don’t know how to do so, go to this post.
Hope something helps you.