Many users have reported that when they click on a link to open a website, their browser got stuck and it says the following message-
Checking your browser before accessing….
The process is automatic. Your browser will redirect to your requested content shortly.
Please allow up to 5 seconds.
DDos protection by Cloudflare.
Usually, this is a non-issue as eventually after few seconds you will be redirected to the webpage you are trying to open. But it can be a bit concerning if the browser has got stuck on that error message. Therefore, in this article, we are going to fix this issue.
Browser stuck at Checking your browser before accessing
It is pretty evident from the error message itself that the website you are experiencing trouble with has Cloudflare protection enabled. Cloudflare protection is used to secure the website from hackers and forbidding them from launching any Distributed Denial-Of-Service attack (DDoS).
A distributed DDoS attack is when hackers try to bombard requests to the webserver in order to crumble the website down. Cloudflare protection is used to stop these attacks from happening. But sometimes, the protocol doesn’t work and you get stuck on the Cloudflare message page.
You can close the tab or restart the browser and see if that helps. But sometimes, this doesn’t work and you have to try other things.
If your browser is stuck at ‘Checking your browser before accessing’ screen when accessing a website, try the following suggestions:
- Scan your PC
- Check the Date/Time Zone of your Computer
- Disable Add-ons
- Use VPN; If using VPN disable it and see.
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Scan your PC
2] Check the Date/Time Zone of your Computer
If the Date and Time Zone of your computer is not correct you will face a plethora of applications and the service will stop working. And since the Internet relies on the Time Zone, this error is inevitable. So, make sure to check the Date/Time Zone of your computer and set it to automatic to fix the error.
You can follow the given steps to do the same.
- Open Settings by Win + I.
- Click Time & Language.
- Make sure you are on Date & time and use the toggle to Set time automatically and Set time zone automatically.
- Now, restart your computer and check if the issue is fixed.
Hopefully, this will fix the issue.
3] Disable Add-ons
If you have tons of add-ons or extensions then they can interrupt security services. This problem is usually found in privacy-related extensions. So, disable them and see if it fixes the issue.
4] Use VPN; If using VPN disable it and see
VPN or Virtual Private Network is used to connect your computer to different locations in the world, securely. So, if you don’t use a VPN, pick one from the list of best free VPNs for Windows 10.
If you are using VPN disable it and see.
Hope something here helps you.