Fix ERR_SOCKET_NOT_CONNECTED for Google Chrome on Windows 10

Some users have been reporting an error for Google Chrome that says ERR SOCKET NOT CONNECTED. This is a pretty vague error but can be caused due to a number of factors like Socket Pools, DNS Server issues, third-party plugins causing issues, and others. Today in this article, we will be checking out how to get rid of this error on a computer running Windows 10.



We will be checking out the following fixes to get rid of the ERR SOCKET NOT CONNECTED for Google Chrome on Windows 10-

  1. Flush the Socket Pool.
  2. Change the DNS Address.
  3. Reset or Reinstall Google Chrome.

1] Flush the Socket Pool

Open Google Chrome web browsers. In the address bar, type in the following and hit Enter:


On the left side panel, select Sockets.

Next, on the right side panel, select Flush socket pools.

Once it is done, restart your Google Chrome browser and check if your issues are fixed.

2] Change the DNS Address

To change the DNS server settings, you can right-click on the WiFi or the Ethernet connection icon in the system tray and then select open Network and Internet Settings and then click on Change Adapter Options.

Then you will see a window popping up that will look something like this

Now, select the network connection who DNS server you wish to change. This connection could be an Ethernet Connection or a WiFi Connection. Right-click on that connection and select Properties.

From the list of items, now select Internet Protocol Version 4 according to your requirement.

Cloudflare's DNS service

Click on the button that says Properties.

A new box will pop up that will show multiple fields to enter IP Addresses or DNS Addresses. Now, in the DNS Service section, click on the radio button that says Use the following DNS Servers.

Now if you selected IPv4 server, enter in the Primary DNS section AND in the secondary DNS section.

Click on OK to close the configuration pop up and Close to finalize the settings.

Restart your browser for the changes to take an effect.

3] Reset or Reinstall Google Chrome

To reset Chrome browser, make sure that Google Chrome is not running anywhere in the background using the Task Manager.

Now, hit the WINKEY + R combinations to  open Run and then navigate to the following path,

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

Now, select the folder named as Default and hit the Shift + Delete button combinations and then click on Yes for the confirmation prompt you get.

After deleting the Default folder, open Google Chrome and click on the Menu button denoted by three verticle dots in the top right corner.

Then, click on Settings. In the Settings section, scroll down and click on Advanced to reveal the Advanced Settings.

Now, scroll down to the Restore Settings to their original defaults button and click on it.

This will now give you a prompt like this-

Click on Reset, and this will reset your Google Chrome browser.

Now check if your issue is fixed or not.

If nothing helps, you may have to reinstall Google Chrome. First, you will have to Uninstall Google Chrome fully from your computer. This should also include all the leftover folders with browsing data, user data, etc. Now, make sure you download the latest version of Google Chrome from its website and install it.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.