DNS Probe Finished Bad Config error in Chrome – Solved

I received the DNS Probe Finished Bad Config mistake on Chrome browser some days once I fixed yet another similar mistake- DNS Server Not Responding. This error also impacts other browsers such as FireFox, Edge however you get the error in a different format. If this error happens, you’ll have to refresh the web pages a few days before it loads correctly. Then it again stops loading and then you will need to refresh it over and over. Bloggers have posted a lot of fixes for the Bad config mistake, but not all have worked for everybody. I tried quite a few alternatives myself however none of them were quite effective i.e. they worked only temporarily. Then I decided to try something myself. Guess what? I managed to fix this error quickly and almost forever- because I fixed it three days back and I am still not getting the mistake on my PC. Follow method [1] and [2] to fix the dns_probe_finished_bad_config error in Windows 7. 8.1, 10 or any Windows system:

How to fix DNS PROBE FINISHED BAD CONFIG error in Chrome


DNS Probe Finished Bad Config

Method 1: Flush DNS (Common Fix)

  1. Hit Windows key button then type “cmd” in the search bar
  2. Right click “Command Prompt” then select “Run as administrator”
  3. Type ipconfig/flushdns
  4. Hit enter
  5. Now close command prompt
  6. Open Chrome & try to open a webpage

Method 2: Disabling/renabling network connection
Not sure if steps 1,2 and 3 are necessary but I tried them in this order:

  1. Hit Windows key and type “cmd” in the search bar
  2. Right click “Command Prompt” and then select “Run as administrator”
  3. Type this command on CMD : netsh int ip reset (reboot)
  4. Open Google Chrome >> Open Settings >> History >> Clear browser data, choose “from the beginning of time”.
  5. Now open Control Panel >> Network and Sharing Center (can also be accessed by right clicking on the Wi-Fi or network icon on the bottom right task bar)
  6. Click “Change adapter settings” (on the left side)
  7. Right click on your Network Connection and then select Disable
  8. Again right click on your network connection and select Enable
  9. Now connect to your Wi-Fi or LAN. You may need to enter your password.
  10. Open Chrome and try opening a webpage.

The above methods wonderfully worked for me and solved the DNS Config mistake super fast. Let me know if my fix worked for you as well. If you’re still getting DNS Probe Finished Bad Config mistake, also try the approaches on this article: How to fix DNS Server Not Responding error in chrome browser.