DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config Error [SOLVED]

DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG error appears out of the blue on various systems, and it is not uncommon. The error majorly shows up in the Google Chrome web browser and there are various possible, tested methods to fix it.

Basically, DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG is an error falling in relation to the DNS network service. The error appears on the system when the user attempts to visit any random website.

Although the issue has notably been observed on Google Chrome, since it is not related to any browser, it can appear in browsing mediums such as Mozilla Firefox and Safari as well, and prevents access to many websites.

How to Fix DNS_Probe_Finished_Bad_Config Error 

Method 1: Configure DNS Manually

  1. Beginning with, open Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel, which is visible when you click the Start Button.
  2. In the left vertical bar, click on Change Adapter Settings.
  3. Right click on LAN and select Properties. 
  4. Under the Ethernet Properties Box, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click of the Properties. 
  5. As the properties panel opens up, select the option of Use the Following DNS Server Addresses option, under which, in the-

Preferred DNS server, type 8.8.8.8

Alternate DNS server, type 8.8.4.4

  1. Then, select Validate setting upon exit, and click OK.
  2. Restart the system.

Method 2: Reset IP Configuration

  1. Clicking on the Start button, open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type ‘cmd’ under the run command, and press enter.
  3. In the command window that opens up next,

Type the following commands-

netsh int ip reset

netsh winsock reset

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /renew

  1. Restart the system.

Method 3: Clear Cookies, Cache And Temporary Files

There lies a possibility that the error has been created due to certain temporary files hogging up your disk space. In this case, we clear the cookies, cache, and temporary files, to fix the issue.

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Del keys to check the cookies and cache items.
  2. Select Clear Data that clears off all your browsing history and other site data.
  3. Reopen the browser.

Method 4: Update Network Drivers

One such cause of facing these errors can lie in not updating your systems’ software from time to time.

  1. Press Windows key + X.
  2. Click on Device Manager from the list of options.
  3. In the drop down of Display adapters, right click on your system and click on Update driver.
  4. Restart the system.

Method 5: Disable Firewall And Antivirus Programs

This method is to fix the issue when firewall and antivirus programs block seemingly fraudulent websites for safety concerns.

Going to the Windows Defender Security Center, you can select Virus and threat protection, and Disable the real-time protection offered, but this involves risk as your system is now prone to all sorts of web attacks.

An alternate method is usually preferred over this one.

Method 6: Disconnect And Reconnect To Network

  1. Click on the Network and Internet icon displayed on the taskbar.
  2. Disconnect from the already connected network.
  3. Furthermore, switch off the router and switch it on after a few minutes.
  4. Now, again connect to the network.

Method 7: Use A Different Browser

Occasionally, when this issue is faced, it mostly occurs due to incompatibility with the Google Chrome browser; and hence, try switching to another browser for a while.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned were the methods for fixing the DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG Error. Hopefully, one of the methods will solve your problem, but in any case, we recommend backing up your significant data, as it can be lost even from a miniscule mistake.