While surfing the Internet, especially if you are using Chrome browser, it is very common to see a horrible message box that says “This webpage is not available” or “dns_probe_finished_bad_config” error.
Well, you’re not alone. I’ve been through this many times and hundreds of thousands of other users face this error while surfing the internet.
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It doesn’t matter if you are using Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10. The error has nothing to do with the version of windows.
The error is very common and pretty quick and easy to fix.
Below I have shared five best methods that you can try to get rid of Fix dns_probe_finished_bad_config Error.
1. Manage DNS Settings
The most obvious way to get rid of this error is to manage your DNS settings.
To do this, right click on the Network Icon located on the lower right corner of the screen and tap on Open Network and Sharing Center.
Now click on Local Area Connections/Ethernet.
From the window opened, click on Properties.
Another Window will pop up. Double Click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 or TCP/IPv4”.
Finally, you will be shown the DNS setting window. If it is set to Obtain DNS Server Automatically, this might be the cause of the error. To resolve, click on the option “Use the Following DNS Server Addresses” and give the following values.
- Preferred DNS Server: 126.96.36.199
- Alternate DNS Server: 188.8.131.52
Click on “Validate Settings Upon Exit” and tap OK. Reconnect your internet and hopefully the error will be gone.
2. Disabling Firewall and Antivirus
Sometimes, Windows Firewall or the Antivirus software you are using might be the cause of this error. If you have made changes to your Firewall or Antivirus this often results in this Error.
To fix this, simply disable firewall and Antivirus. You can shut off any of these. Try one at a time and check whether the error is resolved or not.
To turn off Windows Firewall, go to Control Panel and tap on Windows Firewall.
From the left column, click on Turn Windows Firewall On or Off.
Finally check both the “Turn of Windows Firewall Off” options and hit OK.
4. Renew IP Address
Press the Windows key + R. This will open up cmd.
In the cmd, type ipconfig/release and press enter.
This will release the IP address.
Finally, enter ipconfig/renew and press enter.
That’ all, your IP has been renewed now.
5. Flush DNS Cache
Once again, open the command prompt window by pressing Window key + R.
In the cmd, type ipconfig/flushdns and hit enter.
6. Reset IP catalog
Open the command prompt window and type “netsh int ip reset and press enter.
Next type “netsh winsock reset catalog”.
This resets the IP catalog.
7. Updating Your Network Drivers
No brainer! Sometimes it happens that your network drivers are outdated or may not be installed properly.
You simply need to install them from the manufacturer’s website. Whichever laptop you are using, go to their website and search for the network drivers for your device.
Let us know which method worked out for you in the comment section.