8 Best Ways To Resolve “DNS Probe Finished No Internet” Issue

By Tapas Pal Updated

It has happened several times, that while surfing the internet, you have come across an error named, DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet. Initially, you may think, something is wrong with the internet connection. But the actual problem lies in your PC.

But there is nothing to worry about. By following 8 easy steps, any user, even the beginners can solve this error.

So, keep reading.

What Is DNS And How Does It Work?

DNS is short for Domain Name System. In very simple words, DNS decodes domain names into IP addresses.

More specifically, DNS is a service network, which translates or converts the things we type in our web browser to the IP (Internet Protocol) addresses of web servers of those sites.


The DNS_Probe_Finished_ No_Internet error generally occurs because of some problems with the default DNS server that your computer is using.  Though most of the times this error is seen occurring in Google Chrome, it does not mean it won’t occur in other browsers.

Okay! So let’s have a look at the possible reasons for such an error:

  • Firstly, it might be a mere DNS issue and can be solved easily.
  • It might so happen that your web browser is not working at ease with your version of operating system.
  • An unidentified website filtering app might have been installed, that you don’t know of.
  • Finally, there might be problems with your Firewall settings or internet security settings.

How To Mend The DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet Error

The solution usually lies in the problem itself. So let’s have a look at the below-mentioned methods:

By Using The Command Prompt
   Command prompt or cmd.exe is the command-line interpreter in your system. This cmd.exe resolves various windows related issues by executing entered commands and performing certain enhanced functions.

  • For DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet Windows 7 error, you can find cmd.exe in your start menu. You just have to go to your START menu, search for cmd.exe and click on that.
  • For DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet Windows 8 error, you can reach cmd.exe the following way:

Start menu> (right click) App bar>All Apps>Scroll to find Windows System>Command                  Prompt.

  • For DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet Windows 10 error, type “cmd” in the search bar, and once you get it click on it.

Let us come to the elaborate process now. Once you click on “cmd,” you will see the command prompt window is opened.

All you have to do is type the following code:

netsh winsock reset, and then press “Enter.”


If you’re lucky enough, the problem will be solved by this method. But if it does not, then you’ll have to do these additional steps:

  • Open command prompt again and type “ipconfig/release,” and press “Enter.”
  • Now type “ipconfig/renew” and press “Enter”.                                                                              cmd

By doing these above steps, you have renewed your IP. Now you’ll flush the DNS, which could be another solution to your problem. Therefore, open “cmd” again, type “ipconfig/flushdns” and press “Enter”.

Now all you have to do is, restart your computer and hopefully, your problem will be solved.

By Changing DNS Address
   This method is the simplest in this list. All you have to do is to change your DNS address to Google DNS or Open DNS. Check out the steps:

  • Go to the bottom right corner of your taskbar and right click on your network symbol. Then you’ll see two options: Troubleshoot problems and Open network and sharing center. Click on the second one.
  • Now you’ll have to click on the local network connection, that is, the network connection you’re currently using. After that click on “properties.”                                    dns
  • Once you find “IP version 4”, select it and click “properties” again.                                       dns
  • Now select “Use the following DNS server addresses,” and change the value as given below.
  • You can choose the following values:

Preferred DNS Server-

Alternate DNS Server-


(In case of Open DNS)

Preferred DNS Server-

Alternate DNS Server-


And now click “Ok.”

Now just go to Google Chrome, and verify if your internet is working properly. Hopefully, it will. If not, don’t you worry. There are many other methods. Keep reading.

By Clearing Cache
 This is another easy method. Sometimes when our phone gets slow, we clear the cache memory in order to free RAM. Similarly, by clearing cache in your Google Chrome browser, you can regain your internet connection. Let’s see how.

  • Go to Google Chrome, and click on the top right option named “Customise and control Google Chrome.” Or for your convenience, click on the three dots at the upper right side in Google Chrome. Then click on “Settings.”                                                               browsing data
  • Now scroll down and click on “Advanced Settings.”
  • Now click on “Clear browsing data” option.                                                                              browsing data

By clicking here, all your browsing histories, cookies and cache will be cleared. Now restart your PC once again, and expectantly, the issue will be solved.

By Re-installing Your Web Browser

The next method is quite straightforward. You just have to uninstall your web browser and then re-install it or install any other browser. So, let’s see how you can do that.

  • Go to “Start” menu and click on “Control Panel.”
  • Then select “Programs and Features” and under this section, click on “Uninstall a Program.”                                                                                                                                             browser
  • Once you see the list of all programs running in your system, just right click on “Google Chrome.” You will see an “uninstall” option. Click on that, and your web browser will be uninstalled.
  • Now go to Google from Mozilla Firefox or Edge, and install Google Chrome, or any other browser you trust.

Now try surfing the internet. Hopefully, your problem will be solved.

By Updating Driver Software

Did you know there is a Driver on your PC? Yes,  there is a Driver, and it presents a software interface to the hardware devices. That’s how the programs in your computer access hardware functions. This Driver is dependent on hardware and the operating system you’re using.

The next method revolves around this Driver software. If you update this, your internet connection can get fixed. Let’s see how.

  • Search for “Device manager” in your Windows search option and click on that.
  • Now scroll to find “Network Adapters” and click on that.                                                      driver
  • Now you’ll see the network adapter that is working on your computer, right click on that.
  • Now you will get the option of “Update Driver Software.” Select it.
  • Then click on “Browse my computer for driver software.”
  • Now click on “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.”                           driver
  • Now choose the suitable network hardware and click “Next.”
  • Once the update is done, you’ll see a window showing “Successful Driver Update.” Now just connect the internet and start surfing again.
By Rebooting Your Router

This is not a very common complication, but it happens. So it is better for you to keep the information so that if you suddenly face this problem, you can cope up with it. Here I’m giving you the URLs to 3 of the most used routers. All you have to do is, go to their web-page and reboot your router. The default username and password is-“admin.” Remember that.

TP-link –

D-Link –

3Com –

Now, wait for the router to restart properly and go back to browse the internet.

By checking Firewall Settings

Sometimes it so happens, that you’re searching here and there to resolve your problem, whereas, what actually happened is that, your firewall has blocked some websites. And that is why you’re facing this DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet error. In that case, you’ll have to reach “Windows Firewall” via “Control Panel” and check if Firewall is really blocking any webpage or not. So, next time, before getting all impulsive, keep in mind that it could be your Firewall settings as well.

By Uninstalling Web-filtering Software

Sometimes web-filtering applications can be the root of your problem as well. In that case, you will have to uninstall them and try to connect the internet again.

That is pretty much all I know of. If you know any more way outs, then you are more than welcome to share your views. And if you face any difficulty, then please let me know, I would try my best to help you.

And, stay tuned, because some more internet error related articles are coming up. Till then, as I always say, Happy Browsing!