I know how bad the DNS related errors can be, especially the dns_probe_finished_no_internet or DNS probe finished no internet. I have had a fair share of encounters with them. They can be an absolute nuisance when you are just trying to explore the internet, do your work, and get done with it.
Now the bad thing about such an error is that there can be several reasons, and for several reasons, there are several solutions. After facing the error multiple times, I made a decision to write up all the possible fixes there are for this error.
After doing a lot of research on the DNS probe finished no internet error, the conclusion was that this error can originate from multiple sources. It can be a result of several issues at once or just one at a time.
This makes the error a bit hard to fix since you are not really sure what is going on. Whatever you do in order to fix the error, make sure you do not mess with the default router settings.
If you do meddle with the settings for a reason or another, it can lead to a completely disabled internet that might dish out some other errors. Keep it simple, and only stick to the methods I am talking about in this article.
This article is going to cover the commonly known fixes for the DNS probe finished no internet. I am going to list down all of the methods that I am aware of.
Method 1: Check Internet Connectivity
Sometimes, the reason for getting the dns_probe_finished_no_internet is actually with the internet and not the browser you are using. In a situation like this, you can actually check the internet connectivity to make sure whether or not the internet itself is working.
There are several ways to check connectivity, and handiest of them all is by simply doing a ping test that can be done straight from the command prompt. It is a relatively easy method that is only going to take a couple of steps.
Click the start menu and search for command prompt.
Click on Command prompt
When the command prompt opens, type in the following command and press enter.
- ping -t 18.104.22.168
Once you press enter after inserting that command, the following lines should appear.
Reply from 22.214.171.124: bytes=32 time=193ms TTL=53
The line will keep on repeating. This means that the internet is working fine, and the issue lies somewhere else. Since you now know that, you can start following the rest of the article.
Method 2: Through Command Prompt
The command prompt is a handy little tool that has been a part of Windows ecosystem for a decade now. It is used to execute system level commands that can modify the behavior of the Windows.
Not a lot of people know but you can have a lot of control on your computer thanks to the command prompt. If you are facing the DNS probe finished no internet error, you can start resolving it through command prompt.
If you are running the latest update of Windows 10, the command prompt is now known as Windows Powershell. A more advanced form of command prompt.
Click the start menu, and search for cmd. Right click on it, and then choose Run as administrator.
Once that is done, the next step is to enter the following command.
- netsh winsock reset
Once you have entered the command, simply restart your PC. This method will go ahead and fix the dns_probe_finished_no_internet. If it does not fix the error, you can go ahead and follow the next method.
Method 3: Changing Your DNS to Google DNS
Google DNS is a really good alternative for people who are still using the default DNS that is set by their router. It is securer, allows websites to load faster, and is generally less prone to errors.
For anyone who is having the DNS probe finished no internet error, trying changing the DNS to Google DNS can help you fix the issue. I am listing the steps to change the DNS below.
Right-click on the Windows logo and choose Network Connections. If you are on Windows 10, you will have to click on Change adapter options in the new menu.
Right-click on the network you are connected to and select Properties.
Once you are in the properties, scroll down and look for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Double click on it.
Once you are on the new menu, select Use The Following DNS Server Address, and enter the following numbers.
- Preferred DNS Server: 126.96.36.199
- Alternate DNS Server: 188.8.131.52
Press OK, and exit.
Once you are done, you will have to restart your internet in order for the settings to fully take effect. Upon booting up again, the DNS probe finished no internet should not bother you anymore.
However, if you are still getting that error, then you may want to move on to the next step in which I am going to talk about updating the driver software of your computer’s network chip.
Method 4: Updating the Driver
A lot of people often overlook the malfunctioning of a driver because it is a rarity, especially nowadays when software has become a lot better. However, the issues still happen, and people end up running in circles trying to fix them.
In my case, my issue with DNS probe finished no internet was with an outdated network driver that I never pay attention to. To make sure that no one else repeats the mistake, I am writing down the method you can use to update your network drivers.
Open the run menu by pressing Windows + R key.
On the search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press enter.
This will take you to device management window. Once you are there, look for Network Adapter on the list.
Right click on it, and select Update Driver Software from the drop-down menu.
Then choose the option Browse my computer for driver software.
In the next step, you choose Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
Now you will have to select the compatible hardware, and then click Next.
Once the driver is updated successfully, you will get a dialog box saying successful driver update. At that point, you should go ahead and restart your computer. Once the computer boots up, you will not be getting the DNS probe finished no internet.
However, if the error still remains, you can follow the next few steps in which I am going to talk about some troubleshooting methods that normally go under the radar, but do work.
DNS_Probe_Finished_No_Internet Troubleshooting Process
If you are done trying every single method that I have mentioned above, the problem might be with something completely different. This is why I use a troubleshooting process that can help the users pinpoint the issue with your network.
The process basically has a list of some steps that are somewhat related to the issue you are facing, but not completely. For starters, you are going to restart your router, check if you have internet connection on other devices, and check different browsers as well.
Now the first step would be to check your internet connection on a different device. If you are using your laptop, you can connect your internet to your desktop, or a different laptop. The goal here is to simple, we want to make sure that your internet connection is okay.
Should you face the same issue on a different device too, that will simply narrow down the issue to your network and nothing the device, or the browser. Next up, I am going to suggest you to simply go ahead and restart your router.
A lot of people think that restarting the router can have a negative impact, but it is not all that true. That is because by restarting the router, you are just cutting off all the communication between the router, the connected devices, and the internet.
Once you turn up the router again, it should take a couple of seconds, or a minute to re-establish the connection. You can go ahead and open the browser to see if you are still getting the dns_probe_finished_no_internet error.
By nature, you should not have that issue again, but if you do, I would highly recommend you to get in touch with your internet service provider. Make sure you get their technical support team pay you a visit and help you with the issue.
Running into the DNS probe finished no internet is never a good thing, especially when we look at the fact that we are living in a world where having the internet connection is an absolute must. Though sometimes, we do run into technical issues, and they must be fixed.
The sad thing about errors like dns_probe_finished_no_internet is that they are hard to fix, and can have multiple reasons, and multiple solutions to them. What you need to make sure is that you try every single available method before you can get in touch with a professional.
In order to make things easier for the readers, I wrote about all the methods that I know of, and all the methods that are working for a majority of people. I hope that the methods fix the issue you are having with the internet.