Yesterday we published ways to fix the DNS error in Google Chrome browser. A couple of readers asked us to publish solutions for other similar problem. So, today we going to talk about how to fix the “ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT: This webpage is not available” error in Google Chrome. All of us encounter this error every now and then while surfing the Internet. You must have wondered whatever happened to the webpage and why is it not available. Let’s learn more about this problem and its solutions.
How to Fix ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT
Well, first of all let us tell you that in most cases the problem is not what the error message reads in this case. The message tells you that the webpage is not available —but most probably the website you want to visit is still out there. However, most probably, it is your own Internet connection that is giving problem. This error may arise if:
- Your Internet connection is not working properly
- The webpage is really not available
- The webpage is available but its server is too busy to respond
The error “ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT: This webpage is not available” normally indicates that your Internet connection is not responding. As soon as the connection is established, Google Chrome tries to reload the webpage and the content is usually loaded. So, first of all you should make sure that you’re connected with the Internet. The easiest way to ensure this is to go to some other web site (e.g. www.google.com) and see if it is working fine. If google.com loads, your Internet connection is all good.
Now we need to figure out why that particular webpage is throwing ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT error.
Check Your Windows Hosts File
Windows operating system allows you to block certain websites by using a file called hosts. You should check if this file is blocking the URL you’re trying to visit. To view the hosts file, follow these steps:
- Open Notepad
- Go to File > Open and a dialog box will open up.
- Open this location in the box: Computer > Local Disk C: > Windows > System32 > Drivers > etc
- Now from the file type, select All files (as shown in the image below):
- Open the hosts file
- In hosts file if you see the URL of the website that is not opening, then delete that line. Make sure you delete only the relevant line.
- Save the hosts file and close Notepad.
- Restart your computer
After restating the computer, try to visit the website and see if the ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT problem is solved. If the problem persists, try the following option.
Flush DNS for Refreshing its Content
You can flush / refresh your computer’s DNS by issuing simple commands given below:
- Go to start button and and type cmd in the Run or Search box. Then press Enter key.
- A black colored command window will open. Here you need to issue three commands.
- Type ipconfig /flushdns and press enter key
- Now similarly, type the second command as ipconfig /renew and press enter key
- As third command, type ipconfig /registerdns and press enter key
- That’s it. These commands will flush the DNS. Try to open the website in Google Chrome again and see if it works.
Flushing DNS entries may also resolve the “This webpage is not available” problem. However, if it is still not fixed, let try another thing.
Change LAN Settings
If your computer is receiving Internet connection through a Local Area Network (LAN) then you can try to tweak the proxy server settings in order to solve the problem.
- Go to Control Panel > Internet Options
- A box will open up. Go to Connections tab and then click on LAN Settings button
- Another box will popup. Here you Uncheck the “Automatically detect settings” and “Use proxy server for your LAN”
- Click OK button to close boxes.
- Restart your computer.
If none of these methods work —then in all probability either the website you’re trying to open is down or the issue is at your Internet Service Provider (ISP) side. You can try to open the same website on another device (e.g. on your mobile phone) using a different Internet connection. If the website does not open there as well, the answer is clear that the website is down.
In case the website opens on another device, then you should contact your ISP and tell them about the problem. The website may be blocked by the ISP.
We hope that this article will help you in solving the “This webpage is not available” problem. Do let us know your experience / questions in this regard. Thank you for using TechWelkin.