6 Easy Methods To Solve The DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration Error

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By Tapas Pal Updated

For any regular computer user, DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration is a common error. This error code pops up every now and then and leads to utter irritation. But this error is actually not a big threat and can be mended by going through some very easy steps.

DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration-What it is all about?

From the name of this error code, it is quite obvious that this error is related to Domain Name Systems (DNS) network. DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration Error mostly occurs when you browse any random website. Though this error is more common in Google Chrome, you can also observe it in Mozilla Firefox and other browsers.

The main function of DNS is it translates the things we type in our web browser to the IP addresses of other websites. Due to the DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration error, DNS network becomes incapable, that is, it can’t translate the names of outside servers. The consequence of this error is an unfavorable one, as it impedes you from accessing many websites due to distorted DNS settings.

But that does not mean you can’t solve this error. You definitely can, in fact, my whole purpose of writing this article is to help you with that.

So, what are we waiting for? Let’s start.

Methods To Mend DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration Error

There are various methods, and most of them are applicable to Windows 7, 8 and 10.  So, keep reading.

By resetting IP And Flush DNS

The first method in this list deals with the resetting of IP and flush DNS method.  Let’s see how.

  • Go to Start menu and search for “cmd” and press Enter. The Command Prompt tab will be opened.                                                                                                                                    cmd
  • Now type the following commands in there. After each line, press Enter.

netsh int ip reset

netsh winsock reset

ipconfig /flush dns

ipconfig /renew                                                                                                                                                   cmd

Now all you have to do is restart your PC. When you start your system again, chances are you have overcome the error code-named DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration already.

By Adjusting DNS Settings

This is a straightforward method. Just follow the steps mentioned below, and you would be good to go.

  • First right click on the Network icon on your PC and select Open Network and Sharing Centre.                                                                                                                                                 DNS Settings
  • Then do the following: Properties->Internet Protocol Version 4->Properties.                   DNS Settings
  • Now click on Use The Following DNS Server Addresses and put the following values:

Preferred DNS Server:

Alternate DNS Server:                                                                                                                         DNS Settings

Finally, check the box next to Validate Settings Upon Exit and click on OK.

And that’s it.

By Re-starting Your Router

Now, this is my solution to every problem. Whenever I face any technical problem, whether it is on my phone or laptop, I just switch it off and then switch it on. You can give it a try. Just press the power button on your Wi-Fi router and after a few seconds switch it back on. Now just open Google Chrome and check if you can browse the sites, you were previously not being able to. If yes, then your problem is solved.

By Disabling Windows Firewall

Another source of this DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration Error is your Windows Firewall settings. It is possible that your Firewall setting is done in such a way that certain websites would be blocked automatically. If that is the case then you can change your Firewall settings in the following way:

  • Go to Windows key or Start menu and click on Control Panel.
  • Next click on System and Security and Windows Firewall in that order.  Or if you are using Windows 10, then directly click on Windows Firewall.                                                    windows firewall
  • Now click on Turn Windows Firewall On or Off.                                                                         windows firewall
  • Now turn off Windows Firewall and restart your system. Check if you can enter the websites, which you were not being able to earlier. If yes, then it is clear that Windows Firewall was the root of all your problems.

Sometimes an upgrade in your anti-virus can also result in DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration Error. In that case, too you’ll have to change the settings and re-connect internet again.

By Clearing Browser Cache

Clearing the browser cache is the solution of almost all errors and issues. You might already know the process of this method, still let’s have a look back.

  • Go to the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser, and click on “Customise and control Google ”                                                                                                                         Google Chrome browser
  • Next, click on “Settings” and scroll down to “Advanced Settings.” Find “Clear Browsing data” from the list and click on that.                                                                          Google Chrome browser

Now that you have successfully deleted all the browser cache and cookies, you can hope that the issue is resolved.

By uninstalling Website Filters

You might unknowingly run some software which are actually filtering or blocking some websites. Sometimes your internet provider makes settings like that to keep you in a secured browsing zone. So whenever you face DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration error, check if it is not due to a website filtering app or not. If yes, then don’t wait to uninstall those apps.

Bonus …

Have you faced the DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration error on your Android phone as well? In that case, I’m here to help you with DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Configuration error for Android.

Just go through the following steps:

  • Go to settings and select Wi-Fi.
  • Press and hold the selected network you are using and then click on Modify Network.
  • Now click on Show Advanced Options and select Static and IP Settings respectively.
  • Now you’ll have to type DNS Server’s IP address in DNS1 and DNS2 segments.
  • Then click on Save and reconnect your phone with internet to verify whether the problem is solved or not.

That’s pretty much it.

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Till then, Happy Browsing!