Some Windows 10 users are complaining about an issue they are facing when they are trying to reach some websites in Google Chrome. Despite of having a good internet connection, these websites are not opening, showing an error message instead- “This site can’t be reached ‘ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED’“. If you are facing the same issue at your end, don’t worry. Resetting the IP configuration or restarting DNS client on your system will surely fix this issue.
1. Relaunch Google Chrome and try to open the website again.
2. Check if there is any update pending for Windows 10. Many driver updates (including network adapter driver) comes along with it.
3. Try to reach the website from any other browser on this computer or from any other device using Google Chrome.
If you can open the website from another device, go for these fixes-
Fix-1 Restart DNS client-
Restarting DNS client on your system will solve this issue.
1. Press Windows key+R to open Run window. Now, type “services.msc” and then hit Enter.
Services window will be opened.
2. In Services window, from the list of services, scroll down and find out “DNS Client“.
3. Now, right click on “DNS Client” and then click on “Restart“.
Close Services window.
Open Google Chrome and try to reach the website again. Check if the error is still there or not.
Fix-2 Set DNS address manually-
If the automatic settings is not working out for you, set the DNS settings manually following these steps-
1. Click on the Search box beside Windows icon and type “Network connections“.
2. In the elevated search result, click on “View network connections“.
2. In Network Connections window, in the list of the adapters, right click on the adapter you are using for your internet connection, and then click on “Properties“.
3. Now, choose the option “Use the following DNS server addresses:” and then input these following DNS server addresses-
Preferred DNS server: 22.214.171.124 Alternate DNS server: 126.96.36.199
4. Check the option “Validate settings upon exit“.
5. Finally, click on “OK” to save the changes on your computer.
Close Control Panel window.
Reboot your computer and after rebooting, try to reach the website again. If the problem still persists, go for the next fix.
Fix-3 Reset IP configuration from CMD-
1. To open an elevated Command Prompt window, type “cmd” in the Search box beside Windows icon.
2. Then right click on “Command Prompt” in the elevated search result and then click on “Run as administrator“.
Command Prompt window will be opened.
3. In Command Prompt window, copy-paste these commands one-by-one and hit Enter to execute these commands sequentially on your computer.
ipconfig /release ipconfig /all ipconfig /flushdns ipconfig /renew netsh int ip set dns netsh winsock reset
Wait patiently as this process may take a while.
Once done, close Command Prompt window.
You must reboot your system to complete the process.
You will be able to easily reach the website on your computer. Your problem should be solved.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.