The error “This site can’t be reached, server DNS address could not be found, DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN” come into picture, when you’re trying to open a website using Google Chrome. This error is caused when Domain Name Server (DNS) is not able to resolve the website IP address.

How to Fix Server DNS Address Could Not Be Found Error

If you’ve also faced the same problem, you can use one of these methods to fix “Server’s DNS address could not be found’ or DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN” error.

DNS Server Settings :

Go to Start Menu > Settings > Network & Sharing Center > Change Adaptor Settings.

Right click on the connection such as WiFi or Local area connection / Ethernet and select properties.

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Tap on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click properties.

Select “Obtain DNS server address automatically” option and press Ok.

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Note : If “Obtain DNS server address automatically” option is selected already, just select “Use the following DNS server address” option. Now enter the Google Public DNS service address in the field shown below. Select the option “Validate setting upon exit” and press OK.

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The Google Public DNS IPv4 addresses are as follows:

8.8.8.8

8.8.4.4

The Google Public DNS IPv6 addresses are as follows:

2001:4860:4860::8888

2001:4860:4860::8844

Chrome Host Cache :

Open Chrome browser and type the following URL

chrome://net-internals/#dns

Click on “Clear host cache” button shown below.

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Flush DNS :

Windows OS stores the IP addresses and DNS entries in order to facilitate the faster requests to the websites. If the IP address or DNS is changed and not present in the cache, you’re not able to access the website. You should remove the cache by flushdns command in order to retrieve new DNS records.

Open command prompt by pressing Windows logo key + R and type CMD in it. Press CTRL + Shift + Enter to open command prompt as administrator.
Now write the following command in sequence and press enter.

ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
NETSH winsock reset catalog
NETSH int ipv4 reset reset.log
NETSH int ipv6 reset reset.log
Exit

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Restart the DNS Client Service :

Open Run and type services.msc shown below.

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Head to “DNS client services” and click on ‘Restart’.

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Now restart your computer.

Delete etc Folder :

Copy and paste the following address in the Windows explorer address bar on your PC

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

Press Ctrl + A and delete all the files here.

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