How to Fix ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Chrome

ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED is a well-known error message in the Google Chrome browser. The ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error code means that a website has refused to connect to your computer or that the website cannot be visited.

There are many causes why the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error occurs in your web browser. However, it is always the result of a network connection that failed. Solving the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error on your computer means that you need to go through several steps to find out which of these tips will solve the problem ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error code in Google Chrome for you.

Therefore, in this article, you will find some steps to identify and resolve the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED problem. No worries, all steps are easy to follow and can be applied by anyone to solve the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error message once and for all.


Before we start, make sure the website you are trying to visit is online. Make sure you are typing the correct URL. Also, make sure you have rebooted your computer, a simple reboot might fix a lot of network related problems.

Clear DNS cache

In the Windows search bar, type: cmd.exe, right-click the command prompt result and click on Run as Administrator.

cmd run as administrator

In the command prompt type: ipconfig /flushdns and press enter on your keyboard to execute the command.

ipconfig flushdns

Next, type: ipconfig /renew

ipconfig renew

Next, in the same command prompt type: netsh winsock reset

netsh winsock reset

Configure an alternative DNS server

Now we are going to configure an alternative DNS server in the network settings on your computer.

It is important to back-up your current DNS settings, right-click the Windows start button to begin. In the Windows start menu click on Settings.

windows settings

In the Windows settings click on Network & Internet settings.

network and internet settings

Next, click on Network and Sharing Center settings.

network and sharing center

Click on the Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection settings.

change internet connection

In the Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection settings click on Properties.

ethernet or wifi status

Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on the Properties button.

ipv4 properties

It is important before changing settings, to back-up your IPv4 settings.

Make a screenshot or write down your current IPv4 settings, especially the DNS preferred and alternate DNS server settings.

In the Preferred DNS Server settings type: and in the Alternate DNS server settings:

ipv4 public dns settings

These DNS server settings are Google Public DNS servers.

Click OK when you are ready.

Next, In the Windows Search bar type: Internet Options and click on it.

internet options

Click on the tab: Connections. Now click on the LAN settings button. In the LAN settings, enable “Automatically detect settings” and click the OK button.

automatically detect settings internet options

Restart your computer.

Disable your Firewall and Antivirus software

If you use any antivirus software or a software-based firewall make sure to disable it prior to visiting a website in Google Chrome. Sometimes antivirus or firewall software can block the connection to a specific website. Temporarly disable antivirus software or firewall software and simply try again.

Disable Google Chrome extension

In the address bar of Google Chrome type: chrome://extensions. Make sure to disable all listed extensions and try again to visit the website.

disable all chrome extensions

Reboot your router

Another thing to try to resolve the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Google Chrome is to try to reboot your router. Turn off your internet router, wait for 10 seconds and turn it back on. After a few minutes your internet connection comes back online, try again to see if the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED errorcode is gone.

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