How to Fix ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED in Google Chrome

Occasionally, Chrome users encounter this error while net surfing. When you try to open a domain and Chrome fails to follow your instructions, it shows this error page. You remain in an ambiguous situation, and nothing is clearer that why you got this error message. Often it happens with me too. In the morning I visited the said domain, but in the evening the same domain is inaccessible and shows the error message. Here, I am going to share with you some handy techniques to fix this error. I am sure you can resolve this issue by following them. Here we go!

1: Check Proxy Server Settings

You need to check proxy server settings because sometimes it is the reason of this error.

  • Just open Control Panel and click “Network and Sharing Center.”

Network and Internet Menu

  • Now click “Internet Option” category.
  • As you click this option, you will go to the connection properties window. It shows you a tab “LAN Settings” as shown in the image. You need to click this tab.

Connections tab menu

  • Here you will see the Local Area Network Settings window. You need to uncheck three checkboxes for “Automatic configuration” and “proxy server.”

Change LAN Settings

2: Use Command Prompt

You need to fix this issue by using the command prompt, but you need to run Command Prompt as an administrator.

  • Go to Start menu and right click on “Command Prompt.” It will show you “Run as administrator” in the context menu. You need to select it.


  • Now Command Prompt window appears on the screen. You should type here a command “netsh winsock reset catalog” and press Enter.

windows socket reset

  • Restart your system and try to access the internet. This time I am sure you can surf smoothly.
  1. B) IP configuration by using Command Prompt
  • If the issue persists, you need to open Command Prompt again and type here a command “ipconfig /release” and press Enter.
  • Now type “ipconfig /all” and press Enter.
  • Now type ipconfig /flushdns” and press Enter again.
  • Here type ipconfig /renew and press Enter.

Change IP configuration

  • These commands will remove all of the previously used IP configurations and will renew it.

3: Modify the DNS Address Manually

You can change the DNS address manually to resolve this error. Follow the steps below.

  • Go to “Control Panel” and click “Network and Internet” category.

Network and Internet category

  • You will see its features where you need to select “Network and Sharing Center.”

Network and Sharing Center category

  • Now you will see “Change Adapter Settings” in the left pane. Just click this option to go ahead.

Adapter Settings option

  • Here, you will find the network connection. You just need to right-click on it and select “Properties.”

internet connection properties

  • Now click “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and the “Properties” tab below.

IPv4 option

  • Here, you need to check the radio button “Use the following DNS server addresses. Now, Type here “” in “Preferred DNS server” and “” in “Alternate DNS server” and select “OK” to save the changes.

General Properties for IPv4

  • Now restart the system and enjoy a smooth network connection.

4: Disable Firewall Settings

It is actually risky because disabling firewall can cause affecting your sensitive data. But you need to resolve the error. So, you need to disable firewall security settings for a few minutes.

  • You will find “Windows Firewall” in Control Panel. But you can directly get it too. Just go to the Start menu and type “Windows Firewall” in the search box. It will appear in the list. Click to open it.

Windows Firewall Security Program

  • You will see “Turn Windows Firewall on or off” option in the left pane of the Window. You need to select this option to move ahead.

Enable or disable Windows Firewall

  • Now click the last option “Turn off Windows Firewall” and click “OK” to apply changes.

Disable Windows Firewall

  • Now restart the system and check your browser again. Hurrah! This time it is working smoothly without any error.

5: Power Cycle your Modem

First, you should check the network by power cycling your modem. Just switch off the device. Now switch it on after a few minutes.

6: Clear Cache Memory from Google Chrome

The first thing you need to follow is to clear the cache memory of your Chrome browser. Do the following to perform this action.

  • Open Chrome browser.
  • Copy the command “chrome://settings/clearBrowsingData” and paste in the address bar to directly open “clear browsing data” page and press Enter.

clear browsing data command

  • Now you will find “Clear BrowserData” windows on the screen. You need to check “Cookies and other site and plug-in data” and “Cached images and files” options. Now select “clear browsing data” tab at the bottom.

Clear Cookies and Cached Images


Q: I try to click the checkbox of Proxy Server, but it is not active. It is faded and not clickable.

Answer: It is due to any malware infecting your PC and using a proxy server. So, you need to install any antimalware tool from a trusted online resource. You should not run a quick scan in it. Try to run its full scan.

Q: I have used all of the techniques, and still I am facing this error.

Answer: Most probably your antivirus software is causing this error then. You need to disable your antivirus program for a few minutes and then restart the system. Now check. The error will exist no more.

Q: I resolved the issue by using the above-discussed techniques, but after a few hours, I got this error again in Chrome. How can I permanently fix this error?

Answer: You should clear browsing data including all history. In this way, you will lose the browsing data, but this step is necessary to resolve this issue permanently. So go to the address bar in your browser and type “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” and press Enter. You need to check all the checkboxes and clear browsing data from the beginning of time. Now restart your system, and that’s all.

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