Fixed: DNS Probe Finished Bad Config error in Chrome

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I got the DNS Probe Finished Bad Config error on Chrome browser some days after I fixed another similar error- DNS Server Not Responding. This error also affects other browsers like FireFox, Edge but you get the error in a different format. When this error happens, you will have to refresh the web pages several times before it loads properly. Then it again stops loading and then you will have to refresh it again and again. Bloggers have posted numerous fixes for the Bad config error, but not all have worked for everyone. I tried a number of solutions myself but none of them were very effective i.e. they worked only temporarily. Then I decided to try something myself. Guess what? I managed to fix this error quickly and almost permanently- because I fixed it three days back and I am still not getting the error on my PC. Follow method 1 and 2 to fix the dns_probe_finished_bad_config error in Windows 7. 8.1, 10 or any Windows system:

How to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error in Chrome

Also used to fix DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET error 

Disabling Network Connection in Windows 10
Network and Sharing center- Windows 10

Method 1: Flush DNS (Common Fix)

  1. Press Windows key and type “cmd” in the search bar
  2. Right click “Command Prompt” and then select “Run as administrator”
  3. type ipconfig/flushdns
  4. press enter
  5. Now close command prompt 
  6. Open Chrome and try to open a webpage

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Method 2: Disabling/renabling network connection

Not sure if steps 1,2 and 3 are necessary but I tried them in this order:

  1. Press Windows key and type “cmd” in the search bar
  2. Right click “Command Prompt” and then select “Run as administrator”
  3. Run this command: netsh int ip reset (reboot)
  4. Open Google Chrome >> go to Settings >> History >> Clear browser history “from the beginning of time”. 
  5. Now Go to Control Panel >> Network and Sharing Center (can also be accessed by right clicking on the Wi-Fi or network icon on the bottom right task bar)
  6. Click “Change adapter settings” (on the left side)
  7. Right click on your Network Connection and then select Disable
  8. Again right click on your network connection and select Enable
  9. Now connect to your Wi-Fi or LAN. You may need to enter your password. 
  10. Open Chrome and try opening a webpage. 

The above methods wonderfully worked for me and solved the DNS Config error in a flash. Let me know if my fix worked for you as well. If you are still getting DNS Probe Finished Bad Config error, also try the methods on this post: How to fix DNS Server Not Responding error in chrome browser.


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