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How to Fix “ERR_Connection_Refused” Error

Posted in Windows7 years ago • Written by Fahad SaleemComments Off on How to Fix “ERR_Connection_Refused” Error

Frustrated seeing the “ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED” error again and again on your Google Chrome browser? Well, here are a few solutions that you can try to get rid of this.

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This error usually pops up when you try to open a webpage like YouTube, Google, Facebook, etc. Instead of going the difficult way round, I tried some previous methods used for fixing DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET error, and WOAH! Some of them worked.

I’ve also listed out some new ones as well with proper screenshots. Take your time to read through the guide and fix the Err_Connnection_refused error in no time.

Guide to Fix ERR Connection Refused

When trying to access a web page, the usual error page you see looks somewhat similar to this one.

The error could be inside your system due to any settings that might have changed unintentionally, or the network device you are using is faulty. Here are a few methods to try to fix the error.

Method 1: Changing DNS Settings

In the lower right corner of the screen, right-click on the network icon and tap on Open Network and Sharing Center.

network and sharing center

This will open up a new window. From the left side, locate Change Adapter Settings and click on it.

change adapter settings

One the new window that pops up, right-click again on your active internet connection and tap on properties.

internet properties

Now locate the “Internet Protocol Version4 (TCP/IPv4) and double click on it.


From here we will be making changes to DNS settings. Click on “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter the following values.

  • Preferred DNS Server:
  • Alternate DNS Server:

Check mark the “Validate Settings” box and hit OK.

entering values


That’s all. Hopefully, the issue will be resolved by now. Refresh the web page and it will open up with ease.

Method 2: Using the Command Prompt

I’ve shared this in my previous posts as well. From the lower left corner of the screen, right click on Windows logo and click Command Prompt (Admin).

Command Prompt

Once the CMD windows open ups, type the following commands one by one.

  • Ipconfig/release.
  • Ipconfig/all.
  • Ipconfig/flushdns.
  • Ipconfig/renew
  • Netsh int ip set dns.
  • Netsh winsock Reset.


applying commands

Once done, all of your settings would be checked and adjusted. All you need to do is now restart your computer, open your browser and browse any web page. The error will be resolved.

Method 3: Clearing Cache & History in Google Chrome Browser

In your Google Chrome browser, click on the Customize and Control button in the top right corner of your browser.

chrome settings

Now click on settings and in the settings tab, scroll down and click on Show Advanced Settings.

advance settings

Under the Privacy, Section clicks on Clear Browsing Data and finally select all the options for clearing cache and history. Make sure you select “Clearing browsing Data: Beginning of time” to get rid of all the saved passwords, cache, and another history.

clear browsing data

Once done, restart your browser and check again.

Method 4: Cleaning Registry

I’ve seen that cleaning the registry also helps to fix this issue. You can do this by using a simple software ccleaner. It is available absolutely free to download. Simply scan the registry from the ccleaner (you can easily find the options) and once scanned for any errors, repair them. When done, restart the computer and check for the error again in your browser. That’s all.

Method 5: Fixing Proxy Settings

Your proxy settings might be disturbed, and your PC or laptop may not be configured to use the proxy server.

Right click on the Windows logo and tap on Control Panel.

Control Panel

Make sure you view the category by “Large Icons”.

Click on Internet Options.

internet options

Go to connections tab.

And click on LAN settings.

LAN Setting

From here deselect “Use a proxy server for your LAN” box only if it is selected. Once done click OK and refresh your browser.


Method 6: Disabling Firewall and Antivirus

Firewall can sometimes be a PITA and can block your browser’s work-ability. To disable the firewall, go to Control Panel>Windows Firewall and then click on “Turn Windows Firewall on or off” from the left sidebar. Also, click on “Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)” both for Private and Public network locations. Once done click OK.

Control Panel

Windows Firewall

windows firewall on off

Final Words

The ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error is a common issue faced by millions of users around the world and is serious headache, especially when you are unable to sort out how to fix it. Try out all the methods mentioned above and let us know whether you were successful in fixing it. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in comments. We’ll be happy to help you.