DNS (Domain Name Servers) are kind of internet’s phonebook, which maintains the directory of domain names and translate them to IP addresses. It usually occurs when you try to connect to the certain url links and it shows “DNS server is not responding”. So, if you’re having trouble getting rid of this issue, then you’re in the right place for the perfect solutions. Take a look at our six different methods to fix DNS server errors.
Method 1: Replace DNS server address with new one
- Navigate to “Network and Sharing center” via the Network icon on the taskbar
- Click on Local Area Connection inside the Network window to open the Local Area connection Status window
- Then click on Properties just like shown in the figure below
- Then, Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list and again click properties like in the figure below
- Once, inside Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) properties window, change the attributes and value to match the figure below
- Now click OK and restart your PC. This process will change the DNS servers on your PC and should resolve your problem. But if you are still struggling with the same error, follow the Method 2.
Method 2: FlushDNS of your PC
Windows or other OS stores DNS data in the cache memory which also store data of attempted websites. And clearing them might work sometimes. And to perform that flush, follow the following steps
- Navigate to command prompt by clicking on that start button and type cmd in the search box and hit enter.
- Then type “ipconfig/flushdns” and hit enter
- Now this will remove all the DNS cache data that were stored. It should fix your problem. However, if not try using the following command
- netsh winsock reset
- And once you tried them all, Please restart your PC and check if problem’s solved. Try Method 3 if the problem still persisted.
Method 3: Try disabling the unused networks
Most of the time windows install some extra connections even if you never use them. So, check and remove them all. Use the following steps to perform that process
- Click Start button and type” ncpa.cpl” in the search box
- But that same network connection can be found by navigating to start > control panel > network and internet > network and sharing center > change adapter settings
- Here you can see all the connections and by right clicking them, you can disable them, except the one you’re using.
Method 4: Replace your PC’s physical address
- To replace your PC’s physical address, click on start menu and type cmd there.
- Type ipconfig/all in the Command Prompt and hit enter.
- There you can see your physical address. Copy that number and write it down somewhere like notepad or paper.
- Now, back to your start menu and type ncpa.cpl into the search box to open network window, then right click on your active connections and click properties.
- Then you should select advanced tab by clicking on the Configure button
- Now click on the network address and select that box with radio button under the Value just like in the figure below
- Now, type 408D5C44A795 without any spaces and hit OK. Then restart your PC. It should fix the problem. If not, please try Method 5
Method 5: Reset/restart your router and PC
If you have the router box, then disconnect it with a power source and wait for at least 30 seconds to plug back in. This process will clear all the memory and release residual charges. But if you’re using a wireless network, then use an Ethernet cable and connect to your PC.
Method 6: Other miscellaneous options
- Many people claimed that uninstalling some of the anti-virus software resolved the issue. So, try that too.
- Disabling your firewall often protects you. So, get on with it too.
- If any third party software’s interpreting then you can know and save it by booting your PC in safe mode, which will connect to help you determine them.
- And to boot your PC in safe mode. You can simply reboot your PC by holding down F8 key.
- Then select safe mode with networking from the list options shown there.
What are the significant causes of DNS not responding errors?
- Due to some technical reasons, the server which host website might be down for some temporary time.
- Your firewall, anti-virus or some security software might have unknowingly or accidentally blocked your PC from connecting with a few web links.
- Or finally your DNS service on your PC might be corrupted or not working properly.
Hope this helped you guys tackling DNS server errors. If the problem persisted please use the comment box below. We will try to answer it ASAP. Thank you.