Chrome How To


Google Chrome is the most popular web browser as of now due to a variety of features it offers. It is rather fast and loads pages in a flash. It also has a minimal interface, i.e, it can figure out if we are browsing a keyword or an address on its own. We don’t have to specify it ourselves, nor does Chrome offer separate input space for both.

This seemingly simple feature is rather awesome since we no longer have to remember URLs or even the name of the sites. Also, it was the first browser to give each tabs separate access to the local resources, meaning, even if one tab encounters a glitch, the rest of the browsing sessions remain unaffected.

That being said, we do come across some errors in Chrome. One such problem is that, occasionally, it does not allow some domains to start without any warning while everything else opens properly. When this happens, Chrome gives the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error.

It can happen to any domain, even if we are trying to visit some website which we have visited in the past, such as YouTube. It doesn’t tell you much about what the problem is. The simple solution to fix the problem is to use a VPN, but it really isn’t a solution.

In order to fix this problem, we need to do a little cleaning. Before we get into that, let’s take a look at the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error.



Chrome shows the error for many reasons. If a new extension, VPN or an anti-virus was installed, they can also be responsible for the problem. Another problem with this error is that, if this error is seen on Chrome, then other PCs in the network won’t be able to open this domain too. Also, any other browsers except Safari or iOS won’t open these domains either. The good news is that, if it is solved on your PC, then it will be resolved for other PCs in the network too. Hence we can conclude that it is a DHCP or DNS problem and not because of Google Chrome.

Here are some methods to fix this error:


1. Check If The Website Is Down

Make sure that the website isn’t down before you start troubleshooting. If the site is down, no matter what you do, you will get the same error message. Try using apps like ‘Down’ to check this. Just paste the URL with the problem in the app and see if it is up. If the app states nothing is wrong with the site, then it is time to get troubleshooting.

2. Reset Your WiFi Router

To reset your WiFi router, press and hold down the power button for 10 seconds and release it to turn the router OFF. Now wait another 10 seconds and turn it back ON. Check if Chrome loads the domain now. If it doesn’t yet, it’s okay. This is the least technical solution of the whole and we have more to try our hand at.

3. Flush DNS

Open the command prompt. You can open the command prompt by searching ‘cmd’ in the taskbar search box or start menu search box. Right click on the search result and select ‘Run as Administrator’ option. You will see the command prompt. Now, type in the following command.

ipconfig /flushdns

It will tell you when the DNS cache has been cleared successfully or not. It takes a few seconds to complete though, nothing to worry about.  Now, restart your system and try opening the domain again. If it still doesn’t work, try the next solution.

4. Renew IP and DHCP

Again, open the command prompt as stated above and in the command prompt, run the following command.

ipconfig /renew

This will renew your IP and DHCP configuration. It might disconnect you from the WiFi for a second or two, but it’s really okay. Wait for the Windows to connect back to the network again. See if Chrome will load the domain. If not, try the following solution.

5. Change Your DNS Server

This solution is for when you can open the website using VPN but you are unable to open it when you are not using a VPN. It doesn’t matter if you are using WiFi or direct Ethernet connection, you can still change the DNS settings.

  1. Press Window+R. You will see that the ‘Run’ dialogue box has appeared on the screen.
  2. Now type ‘ncpa.cpl’ and press Enter. It will show the Network Connections.
  3. Now, right click on your connection, which may be Ethernet or any other network connection and select Properties.
  4. Now, double click on the TCP/IPv4 (Internet Protocol Version 4) option.
  5. On the next screen, you should be able to see an option called ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’.
  6. Select that option and enter the following addresses for using Google Public DNS.
Preferred DNS server:
Alternate DNS server:

Save all these changes. Check whether the error has been resolved or not.
Solve the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error In Chrome

6. Do Not Use Proxy Server For LAN

If the error arose after the installation of a VPN app or extension, you need to check this setting. For that, Open ‘Internet Options’ and switch to the Connections tab. In the tab, you will be able to find LAN settings option. In it, the ‘Use proxy server for your LAN’ option will be seen. Make sure that it is unchecked. If it is checked, uncheck it and don’t forget to save the changes.

You can also try disabling the new extensions, VPN or anti-virus that you have installed recently if any.

7. Scan For Malware

Finally, scan your computer with a reliable antivirus software to make sure that this prevalent issue is not responsible for the error.


Conclusion – Solve the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error In Chrome

These are some of the ways to resolve the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Chrome. Try these methods one by one and see which one works for you. We hope they were helpful and easy to understand.

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