BAM! You get an error message saying ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error on Chrome:
Just when you’re about to get to know the results of last night’s NBA game.
It’s annoying and worrying (especially since when the error has underscores in it).
But not to worry, this guide will show you how you can fix Err_Connection_Refused error with six quick and simple methods. 🙂
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Check to See if the Website is Down
- Clear Your Google Chrome Browser Cache
- Try Resetting Your Wi-Fi Router
- Check Your Proxy Server Settings
- Disable Your Firewall and Your Antivirus Software
- Reset Your IP Address and Clear Your DNS Cache
How To Fix ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error In Chrome: 6 Ways.
1. Check to See if the Website is Down.
Now the very first thing you should do is try to see if whether the website is experiencing an outage.
Just paste the URL of the website that you were trying to reach into this page called Down for everyone or just me (yes literally) and check to see whether the site is down for everyone or only you.
2. Clear Your Google Chrome Browser Cache.
Clearing your Google Chrome browser’s cache (which contains all the info on which websites you’ve visited) helps remove expired caches.
Having expired caches around is one of the popular factors on why you’re prevented from accessing specific websites.
I’ll show you how you can clear your Google Chrome’s cache:
- Go ahead and jump into your Google Chrome and copy and paste chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into your search bar in your Google Chrome. Press Enter.
- Great! Now you’ll see two options like the picture below (if not just select those two) and then tap on the Clear browsing data button.
Done! Go ahead and give it a try by searching for a random website and see if the error has been fixed yet. If not, don’t worry, there are few more solutions that I’ll show you which you can try. 🙂
3. Try Resetting Your Wi-Fi Router
This is far-fetched in most cases, but it is indeed undoubtedly worth a try.
To reset your WiFi router, all you have to do is turn your WiFi device off and back on again by pressing on its Power button.
Give it a few minutes before you turn it back on and see if that did the trick.
4. Check Your Proxy Server Settings.
Whenever you try to access a website or something on the internet, you need to go through a proxy server, which then makes the connection.
Although at times there can be issues hidden in proxy server which may be worth checking out and fixing it.
Here’s how you can check your proxy server and fix it:
- Jump into your Control Panel by searching for it on your computer (using that little magnifying glass search button on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen).
- Once you’re in your Control Panel, tap on Network and Internet and then select Internet Options.
- Next, head into the Connections tab (it is right next to Content at the top) and then click on LAN settings at the bottom.
- Finally, all you have to do now is make sure under Proxy Server that the checkbox next to “Use a proxy server for your LAN” is unchecked.
5. Disable Your Firewall and Your Antivirus Software.
Now, yes, disabling your firewall or your antivirus software does more harm than good, so why do I suggest disabling it?
Well, for one, we want to know whether if that is that is where the problem lies or not.
We want to make sure that it’s not our antivirus or firewall which is causing this.
I’ll show you how you can disable your firewall:
- Again jump into your Control Panel (you can search for it on your computer by magnifying glass button on the bottom of your screen) and then jump into System and Security.
- Great! Next, click on Windows Defender Firewall.
- Once you’re in, you should see Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or Off on the sidebar to your left-hand side. Do you see it? Great, click on that.
If you have installed an antivirus then it might not allow you to disable the firewall as you need to disable your antivirus first. So if you can’t access it, then head into your antivirus and disable your antivirus and try once again to check if the error has disappeared. You don’t have to meddle with any other settings in your antivirus. Just disable it, check if the problem is gone, and then re-enable your antivirus back.
- Now check the box next to Turn off Windows Firewall and then you can go ahead and try to check if the error has been fixed.
6. Reset Your IP Address and Clear Your DNS Cache.
If you have tried all of the above methods and if you still get the pesky error, then you should do this.
I’ll show you how to do this:
- Go ahead, open your Command Prompt by right-clicking it and opening it as Run as administrator.
- Good. Now type in the following command and hit the Enter key:
netsh winsock reset catalog
- You’re doing great! Last one. Now type the following command and again hit Enter one more time:
- Finally, restart your computer, and your problem will go away.
That’s it! Feel free to go through the comments below posted and see if any of the methods that had worked for them, work for you. Not all of the methods may work, but there may be a few gems that you may find useful. 🙂
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