If you cannot access the desired website on Windows 10 due to ERR_CONNECTION_RESET error in Google Chrome, do not miss out on this article. Here, we acquaint you with how to fix this issue quickly and easily.
Do you see ERR_CONNECTION_RESET while trying to access a site on your computer? If yes, do not panic seeing the technical description Google provides of the error message. The issue is easily fixable. And, this article teaches you how to get rid of it quickly and effortlessly.
But before we talk about the solutions, it’s crucial to understand the problem in-depth. If you know what ERR_CONNECTION_RESET is in Google Chrome and why you get this error, fixing it is a walk in the park. Thus, let’s first answer these two questions.
What is ERR_CONNECTION_RESET?
Error Code 101 ERR_CONNECTION_RESET occurs in Google Chrome when the browser gets only the FIN packet and not the reply packet while accessing a website. TCP, i.e., Transmission Control Protocol (communication standard for programs and computers to exchange messages with each other over a network), needs FIN (Finish) packet to end a connection elegantly.
Normally, the FIN packet succeeds an established connection. However, it does not happen in the case of ERR_CONNECTION_RESET error in Windows 10.
What causes the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET issue?
There can be multiple culprits behind this error. However, below are some of the common ones.
- A defined proxy server in your internet settings
- Server issues
- Browser cache
- Catalog entries of Winsock
- Incorrect network configuration
- Outdated/incompatible/corrupted network adapter drivers
We hope you now have a clear understanding of the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET problem in Windows 10’s Google Chrome. You must also note, this error is not exclusive to the Chrome browser, other browsers (such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge) also show errors like “The connection was reset.” Apart from this, below is one important thing you must know before troubleshooting the problem.
Note: Certain browsers like Firefox and a few Chrome extensions have their proxy settings. These settings are independent of the system setting’s proxy configurations. In such cases, you can disable the proxy usage in the browser itself or remove the related extensions to solve the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET problem.
Now, you have enough knowledge about the error, so let’s jump straight to its fixes.
Fixes for ERR_CONNECTION_RESET error in Windows 10
Below are our tried and tested solutions to the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET issue in Google Chrome.
Fix 1: Try a few basic hacks
Sometimes, a problem does not need complex troubleshooting. You can fix it with some easy and quick hacks. Thus, here are a few steps you can take before moving on to more technical solutions.
- Try accessing some other website. If it opens, the issue is with the website you were trying to access earlier. In such a case, you can get in touch with the website operator to get the problem solved.
- Use another browser to launch the website. If it does not open, there is a server issue. Otherwise, the problem lies only in Google Chrome and your computer.
Fix 2: Examine the proxy settings
An already defined proxy server may block the connection, causing errors like ERR_CONNECTION_RESET in Google Chrome. The Chrome extensions and add-ons use these predefined proxy servers automatically. Thus, it becomes necessary to check the proxy settings and disable the proxy access. Below are the step-by-step directions to do it.
- In the “Type here to search” bar, input the Control Panel and choose it from the search outcomes.
- Change the view setting to Large icons.
- Pick Internet Options from the on-screen panel.
- Go to the Connections tab and select LAN settings.
- If there is an entry for the Proxy server, uncheck the Use a proxy server for your LAN box.
- Click OK to keep the changes and try accessing the wanted website again.
Fix 3: Change the DNS Server
You can make use of a publically available DNS (Domain Name System), such as Google or Cloudflare’s DNS to fix the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET error. Below is how to use it.
- Use the shortcut command to open Settings, i.e., Windows+I.
- Choose Network & Internet from the available settings.
- Select the option to Change adapter options.
- Right-click on your Network Adapter and choose the option to open its Properties.
- Make two clicks on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Click on Use the following DNS server addresses.
- In the Preferred DNS Server box, input 18.104.22.168.
- Input 22.214.171.124 in the Alternate DNS Server.
- Now, using the Windows+X shortcut, get the Quick Access menu.
- Select Command Prompt (Admin)/PowerShell (Admin) from the menu on your screen.
- Input the command ipconfig/flushdns and press Enter to get the DNS server refreshed.
Fix 4: Execute a driver update for your network adapter
Outdated network adapter driver not only causes the issue you are experiencing but also leads to many other errors, such as ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT.
Therefore, we advise you to always keep the driver updated to dodge annoying problems. You can perform a driver update through the Device Manager/manufacturer’s website or automatically via a competent program.
We prefer automatic driver updates using a tool like a Bit Driver Updater. This software updates all drivers automatically with one click. Furthermore, it also offers many advanced features, such as driver backup and restores, faster driver downloads, scheduled and automated scans, etc.
Let’s now talk about the quick series of steps you need to take to download and install the network driver update with Bit Driver Updater.
- After downloading the program and installing it, let it run an automated PC scan for two to three seconds.
- Select Update All to get the new version of all drivers installed automatically.
If you so desire, you can also update the network adapter driver singly using the Update Now tool.
However, for the best computer performance, we find it better to update all problematic drivers.
Fix 5: Remove Winsock catalog entries
Winsock (an interface that manages input/output requests for internet apps) keeps a catalog of earlier established connections. These catalog entries do not let you access the website you want and cause errors like ERR_CONNECTION_RESET in Windows 10. Thus, below is how to remove them.
- Open Command Prompt (Admin) from the Start menu.
- Enter the command netsh winsock reset and wait for its execution to complete.
- After the command’s execution is complete, restart the computer.
Fix 6: Delete the browser cache
A mismatch between the website data stored on the browser and the website’s current version can also cause ERR_CONNECTION_RESET in Google Chrome. Hence, you need to remove the browser cache from when you last visited the website. You can implement the below steps to do it.
- Click on the three vertical dots on the top-right corner of Google Chrome.
- Go to More tools.
- Choose the option to Clear browsing data.
- Select All Time from the Time Range menu, click on all the categories, and choose the Clear data option.
Fix 7: Reset the network configuration
Resetting the network configuration fixes incorrect settings that are responsible for the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET error in Windows 10. Therefore, below is how to reset the network settings.
- Launch Command Prompt as an administrator (you can do it using the Start menu).
- Input the following commands one after the other (press Enter after typing each command).
netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
netsh interface ipv4 reset
netsh interface ipv6 reset
reset ipconfig /flushdns
- Give a restart to your computer.
Above, we learned all the possible ways to fix the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET in Google Chrome on Windows 10. Now, let’s answer some questions related to it so that you can solve the problem better.
Below are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET issue in Google Chrome on Windows 10.
Q1. Why do I get an error message on Google Chrome?
There can be a plethora of reasons you keep getting an error message on Google Chrome. Here are the most common ones.
- Incorrect settings
- Bad extensions
- Server problems
Q2. How to fix ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_ OUT?
ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT is an error similar to ERR_CONNECTION_RESET. You can use the fixes shared in this article to solve this problem as well. For more detailed troubleshooting of the error, you can check out our other post dedicated to it.
Q3. How to fix ERR_CONNECTION_RESET in Windows 10?
This article discussed multiple methods to resolve the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET issue. You can apply them in their sequence till the problem is fixed. Or, you can directly execute the network adapter driver update using Bit Driver Updater to fix the issue instantly.
Q4. How to let Google Chrome access the network in your firewall or antivirus settings?
You can take the below steps to allow Google Chrome to access the network in Windows Firewall.
- Search for and open Windows Firewall.
- After entering the Firewall settings, select Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
- Ensure to check Google Chrome if it is unchecked.
You can go through the instructions specific to your antivirus software to allow Google Chrome to access the network. If you use only Windows Defender, below is how to whitelist Google Chrome in it.
- Type Windows Defender in the search box and select Windows Defender Security Center.
- Click on Virus & threat protection option.
- Go to the Virus & threat protection settings.
- Click on the option to add or remove exclusions.
- Select the exclude a folder option.
- Go to Chrome’s directory.
- Click on your Chrome folder and save the changes.
This article tried to help you fix the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET in Google Chrome. You can use the fixes shared above to get rid of the error.
If you do not want to apply all the solutions, directly update the outdated drivers with Bit Driver Updater to solve the problem once and for all.
In case you know other better ways to fix the issue, kindly help all our readers through the comments section.
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