ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Google Chrome

If you are using Google Chrome and receive This site can’t be reached, ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error message, then this post offers suggestions on fixing the problem. In most of the cases, this problem occurs because of the site’s server issues – but sometimes a user may need to take steps at his or her end as well.


This site can't be reached, ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED

If the server, where the site is hosted, fails to serve the page as you have requested, Google Chrome shows the error message called ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED. Here are some suggestions that may help you troubleshoot this issue.

1] Check if site is up or down

First, check if the website is up or down. If the site is down, no matter what you do, you will get the same error message until the site admin fixes it.

2] Change your IP address

Sometimes, this problem also belongs to your ISP as well as the IP address. You may change your IP address using a free VPN software or a Proxy software. If the site is opening, you should know that the problem belongs to your IP address or ISP.

3] Flush DNS cache

If you can open site with VPN, you should try flushing the DNS cache of your computer. To do so, open Command Prompt with administrator privilege. Search for “cmd” in the taskbar search box or start menu search box, right-click on the corresponding search result, select Run as Administrator. Following that, enter this command-

ipconfig /flushdns

ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Google Chrome

Once it is cleared, you should see a success message like this: Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

4] Change your DNS Server

Whether you are using direct Ethernet connection or Wi-Fi, you can change the DNS settings. This solution is for those, who can open the  website using a VPN but are unable to do the same without VPN.

Press Win+R, type ncpa.cpl, and hit the Enter button. Right-click on the Ethernet or your connection, and select Properties. Now, double-click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).

On the next screen, you should find an option called Use the following DNS server addresses. Make a select that checkbox and enter the following addresses for using Google Public DNS:

  • Preferred DNS server:
  • Alternate DNS server:

ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Google Chrome

Don’t forget to save all these changes.

5] Don’t use a proxy server for LAN

If you are unable to open any website after installing a VPN app or browser extension, you need to check this setting. sOpen “Internet Options” and switch to Connections tab. In that tab, you should see LAN settings. Make sure the Use a proxy server for your LAN option is unchecked. If it is checked, remove the checkmark and save your changes.

6] Scan for malware

This is a prevalent issue, and maybe you need to scan your computer with a reliable antivirus.

Hope these simple solutions are helpful.

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