9 Ways “This Site Can’t Be Reached” [SOLVED] - Fix Chrome/FireFox/IE in Windows 10/8/7/XP

In previous page I was talking about; 4 Ways to Fix "YOUR CONNECTION IS NOT PRIVATE" and now your Google Chrome showing the error; "This site can't be reached" or you getting the error page "This site cannot be reached... ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT". Most of the chrome users facing this issue - cant reach website while opening some URLs with the message showing "Unexpectedly closed the connection" or "Server DNS address could not be found" or "Server not found" or "domain cannot be found" with the warning messages "DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN" or "ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED" or "ERR_CONNECTION_RESET" or "ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED" and took too long to respond and Chrome keeps showing that can't reach website. Now some websites not loading on Android devices too and the user search "why cant I reach a website" on google. But the question is how to bypass it? how to fix it? Lets check out. Solve Chrome Error "This site cannot be reached"
People also ask; Why do I keep getting 'This site cannot be reached'? Fixing this site can’t be reached err_connection_timed_out? How to fix refused connection? What does it mean when a connection is refused? How to allow Chrome to access the network in my firewall? And so on... This error is usually generated mostly if you don't have a connection to the Internet or a misconfigured network. It can also be triggered by a dead DNS server response or a firewall blocking the Google Chrome from locating the network.

Most of you have already tried everything from deleting all cookies, clearing cache to checking the Internet firewall settings. The reason for the error causing some websites not loading is because of DNS lookup failed - it means having trouble connecting to the server via its domain name. It may be because your IPv4 DNS records are not configured correctly. When trying to go to some websites, it prevents Google Chrome from connecting to some sites and web pages, and you get the error message: "This site can't be reached, the connection was reset."

Many users are affected by the issue. Many users also tried with Network troubleshooter and tried using a different web browser such as IE, Firefox; but no luck. Me too was getting this message a few days back, and here I want to share all possible solutions that will help you to get rid of this error.

However, this problem is not limited to Google Chrome only it continues inside other browser and even prevents from connecting to the sites. Is this a problem with your ISP? Or modem? Or Antivirus? Or Firewall? What can you do to fix "This site can't be reached" error? Check out working methods and follow this tutorial showing server DNS address could not be found fix.
Fix this site can’t be reached
Fix this site can’t be reached
In the previous tutorial you have seeen, [FIXED] How To Stop Unwanted Emails & Unsubscribe From All Spam | How to Guide and today we are going to how to open TCP/TP and run DNS to surf all website on Google chrome by fixing "this site can’t be reached" issue.

[SOLVED] "This Site Can’t Be Reached"

Windows DNS client is not working because of the misconfiguration of DNS address in network settings. But this error "this site can’t be reached" is not only by DNS failure, but there are also many reasons possible to cause it. If your system clock isn't set correctly, then you will run into the error of "ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT" Always make sure you have correct windows time and date.

These are working methods you can try to solve "This Site Can’t Be Reached". I would suggest you go from first to last:

1. Allow DNS Prefetching.

This site cannot be reached/this site can’t be reached - Allow DNS Prefetching
This site cannot be reached - Allow DNS Prefetching
If you getting "this site can’t be reached" error only with the chrome then you can follow these steps;
  • Make sure you are using updated Google Chrome version of your Windows.
  • Open and go to Chrome settings >> Show advanced settings >> Privacy column
  • Look for "Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly"
  • Select its checkbox to allow DNS prediction.
  • Restart the Chrome browser only & check.

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2. Try Windows Network Diagnostic.

This site cannot be reached/this site can’t be reached - Try Windows Network Diagnostic
This site cannot be reached: Try Windows Network Diagnostic
  • Go to "Open Network and Sharing Center" in control panel.
  • Open "Properties" of active "Network Connection"
  • In Wifi Status window, click on Diagnosis to run Network troubleshooter
  • It will start detecting the problems and run possible fixes to solve any network issues you have.
  • After completing diagnosis, disconnect the internet and reconnect to check the error "this site can’t be reached".

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3. Disable "Experimental QUIC protocol" flag in Chrome.

This site cannot be reached/this site can’t be reached - Disable Experimental QUIC protocol flag in Chrome
  • Open chrome and type "chrome://flags/" in the address bar to open a page that shows "Careful, these experiments may bite"
  • Press ctrl+F to find "Experimental QUIC protocol"
  • Quickly disable it by changing "Default" to "Disabled" option from the drop-down menu.
  • And relaunch your chrome browser to save the flag settings.
  • Check for fixing the error of "this site can’t be reached"

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4. DNS flush & Reset TCP/IP Network.

This site cannot be reached/this site can’t be reached - DNS flush Reset TCPIP Network
DNS flush Reset TCPIP Network
One of the recommended solutions in the thread for "this site can’t be reached" involves resetting the TCP/IP network in Windows. When your DNS is not able to convert URL or domain name to IP by TCP/TP protocol, then there is DNS lookup failure. You need to reset your TCP/IP to its default values.

a. Open Command Prompt or PowerShell with admin privileges

b. Type each instruction and press enter [Run all instructions one by one];
  • Type "ipconfig /release" >> press Enter
  • Type "ipconfig /all" >> press Enter
  • Type "ipconfig /flushdns" >> press Enter
  • Type "ipconfig /renew" >> press Enter
  • Type "netsh int ip set dns" >> press Enter
  • Type "netsh winsock reset" >> press Enter
c. To apply & save all new changes you need to RESTART YOUR COMPUTER [MUST]

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5. Check & change Working DNS IP.

This site cannot be reached/this site can’t be reached - change Working DNS IP addresses
Change Working DNS IP addresses
Most of the time it is because of DNS lookup failure that prevents you from visiting websites. Change the DNS IP address and check.
  • Go to "Open Network and Sharing Center" in control panel
  • Open "Properties" of active "Network Connection"
  • Double-click on "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP)" or open its properties.
  • In the option of "Use the following DNS server addresses" use the following DNS IP address:
    OpenDNS server IP addresses:
    Preferred DNS server:
    Alternate DNS server:
    Google Public DNS IP addresses:
    Preferred DNS server:
    Alternate DNS server:
  • Don't forget to select "Validate settings upon exit"
  • Click OK and check that will actually fix the failing DNS lookup failure error.

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6. Reset Network Adapter drivers for fixing "this site can’t be reached".

This site cannot be reached/this site can’t be reached - Reset Network Adapter drivers
Reset Network Adapter drivers
Note that this will reset all your modem settings and all your connected network passwords. Make sure you know the passwords to connect it later.
  • Go to Control Panel >> Device Manager
  • Look for Network adapters
  • Right click on each and chose to uninstall the driver software.
  • It's must you RESTART the computer.
  • Connect to the network and check, the error "this site can’t be reached" is now fixed.

7. Reset modem & reconfigure WiFi settings.

This site cannot be reached/this site can’t be reached - Reset modem reconfigure WiFi settings
Reset modem reconfigure WiFi settings
This is the most working method to get rid of "this site can’t be reached" error. Here you need to reset everything comes with your modem. Change your connections names, all their passwords and reconfigure. Sometimes, your ISP has been modified the static IPs, and they used to alter the setting for security reasons.

Resetting all the settings and reconfiguring all your Wifi connections will surely solve this error of "This Site Can’t Be Reached"

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Update: 3 Nov 2018

8. Reset Chrome, Clear all flags & Reinstall to fix "this site can’t be reached".

One of our readers sends the message about how he solves this error quickly.

a. Reset all flags: Open chrome and type "chrome://flags/" in the address bar and click "Reset all to defaults" button. Check.

b. Reset Chrome: Go to chrome settings >> Show advanced setting >> At bottom-last click on "Reset settings" to restore defaults. Check.

c. Reinstalling: Remove Chrome and all its settings from your browser. Clean registry with Ccleaner and then install new updated Google chrome. And check whether it solves the error "this site can’t be reached".

Update: 5 May

9. Use Chrome Addon To Encrypts traffic and Unlocks Sites.

It's a free add-on you can try out with your chrome. Install it from the link below. You will get the icon near to the address bar, click on it and choose the preferred country you would like. That's it, you will able to surf again those sites. Try out.

Install Browsec VPN
Link: https://goo.gl/hjh3VY

Now check if you’re able to Fix This site can’t be reached error in Google Chrome.

Follow all the above steps and let us know which step works better for you. Moreover, you can share your views, and if you know any better idea to bypass this error "This Site Can’t Be Reached" then you can share it via the comment section shown below.

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