There are many instances when the “DNS Probe Started” will appear on your Chrome and interrupt your browsing experience, most of which may not be even your fault. The internet connection on any other devices, including desktop PC, Laptop, and smartphones, is working fine.

If you reset the router's connections, nothing changes, then this error probe might be caused by Chrome alone. This post will discuss fixes to help you fix this problem.


1. Relaunch Google Chrome

Google Crome relaunch

The first thing you need to do is relaunch your browser and try reaccessing Gmail. This will clear any cached data that is causing problems with your connection. Once you have restarted Chrome, try opening Gmail again and see if it works properly this time around.

To relaunch google chrome:

Step 1: Double-click the browser icon on your toolbar or desktop to relaunch Chrome.

Double-click the browser icon

Step 2: Launch the browser from the Start menu if you don't have a shortcut.

Launch the browser from the Start menu

Step 3: Suppose you're using Windows 10; open Task Manager and click on Startup. On other versions of Windows, right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.

Taskbar and select Task Manager


2. Restart Your Router

Restart Your Router

Ensure your rooter is working as it should since browser issues are also often linked to your router. If your router has minor glitches, you can reboot the device and potentially fix those problems. Like computers, routers can sometimes experience issues that cause issues with browsing the web or connecting to specific websites.


3. Use the Internet Connections Troubleshooter

The Internet Connections Troubleshooter is a tool included with Windows 10 that checks your connection to ensure that it works properly. If issues are found with your internet connection, the device will attempt to fix them automatically. You can find it by doing the following:

Use the Internet Connections Troubleshooter

Step 1: Click on Start and then type “troubleshooting” into the search bar at your screen.

Troubleshooting

Step 2: Click on Troubleshooting when it appears in the list above. Depending on what version of Windows 10 you have installed, you may need to scroll down. The troubleshooting window should open up automatically after clicking on Troubleshooting in step 2 above.


4. Flush Your DNS Cache and Renew the IP Address

This is one of the easiest steps to help you fix the DNS_PROBE_STARTED Error in Chrome.

To do so, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open your Chrome browser and click on the “Settings” option at the top right corner of your browser window.

Chrome browser and click on the Settings

Step 2: Click on the “Advanced” tab at the bottom of the Settings page.

Click on the Advanced tab

Step 3: Click the “Network” option from the drop-down list on the Advanced Settings page.

Network System

Step 4: Click on the “Change Proxy Settings…” button under the Network section on the Advanced Settings page.

Change Proxy Settings

Step 5: Change Proxy Settings window will open up where you need to turn off all proxy options except for LAN settings by unchecking them, then click the OK button to save changes and exit out of the Change Proxy Settings window.

Internet propertise


5. Change Your PC's DNS Server

The DNS server set up on your computer can be responsible for this error. To change the DNS server, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Control Panel on your computer and go to Network and Internet > Network Connections. Click on Local Area Connection (for example) and then click Properties.

Open the Control Panel on your computer

Bridge Connection

Step 2: Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol 6 (TCP/IPv6). If there are no options for IPv4/IPv6, click Advanced.

Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP-IPv4)

Step 3: Select the Use The Following DNS Server Addresses option and enter 8.8.8.8 as Preferred DNS Server Address and 8.8.4.4 as Alternative DNS Server Address under the Server IP Addresses section of the Alternate Configuration tab.

Select Use The Following DNS Server


6. Disable Your Antivirus and Firewall

Disable Your Antivirus and Firewall

The first thing you need to do is disable all the Antivirus and Firewall programs installed on your computer. These programs may be causing this issue, so it's better if you disable them for some time and then try to open your Chrome browser.

If the problem persists after disabling these programs, there might be something wrong with your network settings, or some other program may interfere with your system files. You can try following the steps below:

Step 1: Select the Windows Security option from the search results in the Start menu.

Windows Security option from the search results

Step 2: Go to the left and select Virus & threat protection.

Step 3: Disable the Real-time protection option.

Step 4: In the left sidebar, choose Firewall & network protection.

Choose Firewall & network protection

Step 5: Select the Domain network and disable Microsoft Defender Firewall. ——Follow these steps for both Private and Public networks.

Domain network and disable Microsoft Defender Firewall

Step 6: Load your website in Chrome.


7. Update Network Adapter Driver

If you are using an old or outdated network adapter driver, it might cause this issue on your computer. To update it, follow these steps:

Step 1: Right-click on My Computer and select Manage from the options given.

Step 2: Click on the Device Manager option present under the System category in the left side pane of the Device Manager window.

Step 3: Once the Device Manager window opens, expand the Network adapters category and right-click on your network adapter driver name (for example, Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection). Select Update Driver Software.

Network Adapter Driver Update


Conclusion

DNS_PROBE_STARTED is not a critical error but can be pretty irritating when accessing your favorite website. If you have this error, follow the methods given above. It will help you resolve the issue, but if it persists, try resetting your LAN connection and disable any bridging services like a virtual router.