How to Resolve ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error in Chrome?

The error message: ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED may load several times on your Chrome browser until you fix the matter. There are several workarounds that you can try in order to get rid of this error. 

Here, from this article, you can learn those effective methods completely. Read this article sincerely and till the end to learn about them.

What Returns ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED on Chrome?

The main factor responsible for the error message: ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED is the server issue of the website which you want to open.

However, if you get the same error message to load all the websites on Chrome, then a little to worry. In that case, try the methods below, as arranged here. 

Quick Hacks to Overcome: ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error

Here, we have sorted out the methods which will be most effective. You can choose which one suits you best in your case.

Method 1: Check the Proxy Server Settings

The first method that you can try to get rid of this issue is to check the proxy server settings. The steps to perform this task are listed below:

  1. At first, open the Run bar window. Press the Windows button along with the letter R for that.
  2. Then, in the Run bar, enter control.
  3. After that, click on the OK button to open the Control Panel.
  4. Further, ensure the “View by” is set as Category.
  5. Next, under the Control Panel window, click on the “Network and Internet” option.
  6. After that, click on the Internet Options. This will get you the “Internet Properties” window open on the screen.
  7. Further, under the Internet Properties window, go to the Connections tab. From here, click on the “LAN settings” button.
  8. Now, under the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings window, enable the checkbox for the below-said option that is present under the “Proxy server” section.
  • Use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections).
  1. At last, click on the OK button to save the changes.
  2. Now, refresh the webpage to ensure that the issue gets resolved or not.

Method 2: Flush DNS Cache

The second method you can try to fix this particular error is to flush the DNS cache files. The steps are quite simple to perform and are as follows:

First of all, tap down the Windows button to get the search bar active. Then, in the search bar, type cmd. 

Next, from the search result, right-click on the “cmd”/ “Command Prompt” option. Further, from the Menu window, select “Run as administrator”.

Now, on the black background Administrator: Command Prompt window, enter the commands as stated under. Press the Enter button after each command to execute.

  • ipconfig /registerdns
  • ipconfig /release

These commands are to register and release the cache data respectively.

  • ipconfig /renew
  • netsh winsock reset

After executing both the commands, close the Administrator: Command Prompt window by clicking on the red cross of the window. Alternatively, you can execute the Exit command on the Administrator: Command Prompt.

Now, revisit the webpage to ensure that the error gets resolved or not. In most of the times, by applying this method, the user gets a positive result. However, if still, the error persists, then continue with the further method that is “Change the DNS Server Addresses”.

Method 3: Change the DNS Server Addresses

Changing the DNS server addresses is another effective method to fix the error: ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED. Try this method further.

At first, open the Control Panel window. You can do it by following Steps 1 to 3 of Methods 1. Alternatively, tap the Windows button to activate the search bar. After that, in the search bar, type control. Then, from the search result, click on the Control Panel option.

Further, set the “View by” of the Control Panel into Large icons.

Next, under the Control Panel window select “Network and Sharing Center”. After that, from the left-hand side of the window, click on “Change adapter settings”. Next, right-click on the Network type you are using to access the internet.

From the Network type Menu window, click on the Properties option. Then, under the Networking tab of the Network Connections Properties, double-click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to open its Properties window.

Further, from the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window, activate the checkbox for “Use the following DNS server addresses”. Then, enter the following entries in the appropriate fields as given below:

  • Preferred DNS server:
  • Alternate DNS server:

Next, click on the OK button to confirm the changes. Now, restart the Chrome browser and using it open a webpage to ensure if the issue gets resolved or not.

Method 4: Disable Firewalls

After trying all the above methods if the issue does not get fixed, then disable the Firewall. The steps to disable Firewalls are as follows:

  1. Firstly, open the Control Panel window.
  2. After that, set the “View by” of the Control Panel into Large icons.
  3. Next, under the Control Panel window, click on the “Windows Firewall” option.
  4. Then, from the left-hand side panel of the Control Panel Home window, select “Turn Windows Firewall on or off”.
  5. Further, enable the checkboxes “Turn off Windows Defender (not recommended)” for both the sections:

    • Home or work (private) network location settings
    • Private network location settings
  6. At last, click on the OK button to save the changes. Now, use the Chrome browser to ensure that the issue gets resolved.

All these are the proven workarounds to solve this annoying error. Hopefully, after trying the methods you will get the issue resolved.Many of the users are also enquiring about the solutions of the error message: “NET: :ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED”. You can try all the above methods as well for resolving this error message.

Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa