How to Fix Google Chrome Connection Errors

Fix Google Chrome Connection Errors like ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE

Can't open a website in Google Chrome?

Receive one of the following errors while trying to access a web page?

ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED

ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE

ERR_TIMED_OUT

Or maybe another error?

Then you are on the right page, because here I will show you how to solve Google Chrome connection problems in a few different ways.

But first:

Google Chrome Connection Errors

Common error messages are:

The www.example.com page isn't working
www.example.com didn't send any data
ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE

This webpage is not available
ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED

No data received
ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE

Error 324 (net::ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE): The server closed the connection without sending any data.

ERR_TIMED_OUT

Causes of Google Chrome's Connection Problems

Common causes are:

And now:

Solve Google Chrome Connection Errors

If you can't open a website or web page, and get a error message, then try the following methods to fix your problem.

Quick Methods

If you need to open a web page quickly and don't have time to try out some of the methods on this page, then try these quick methods:

1 Press the Ctrl + F5 keys on your keyboard to reload the page and bypass the local cache.

2 Press the Ctrl + Shift + N keys on your keyboard to open a private browsing window (Incognito).

3 Disable your VPN (if you are using one).

Method 1: Clear Google Chrome Browsing History

The first thing you should try is to clear your browsing history.

1 Open .

2 Open "History".

Two ways to open "History".

  1. Press the Ctrl + H keys on your keyboard.
  2. Open the menu, go to "History" and click on "History".

3 Click on "Clear browsing data".

4 Select "the beginning of time" at "Obliterate the following items from:".

5 Select (check) everything and click on "Clear browsing data".

6 Restart Google Chrome.

Method 2: Windows Network Troubleshooter

1 Close Google Chrome.

2 Right-click on the network (wifi or ethernet) icon located in the notifications area of the Windows taskbar and choose "Troubleshoot problems".

solve connection problems using windows network troubleshooter

The troubleshooter will scan for connection problems...

3 Click on "I'm having a different problem".

4 Click on "Use a specific network adapter (for example, Ethernet or wireless)".

5 Select (check) "All network adapters".

6 Click on "Next".

7 Click on "Close" when the troubleshooter is finished.

8 Open Google Chrome.

Method 3: Restart Modem, Router & Computer

Turn off your modem and router, restart your computer, and turn your modem and router on again.

Method 4: Google Chrome Extensions (add-ons)

Sometimes extensions (add-ons) can cause problems, so the best way to test this – is to disable all extensions and test which one is causing problems.

1 Go to your Google Chrome extensions.

Two ways to open extensions are:

  1. Enter chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and hit Enter (keyboard).
  2. Open the menu, go to "More tools" and click on "Extensions".

2 Disable all extensions.

3 Try to open the website.

If that solved your problem, then enable the extensions one by one and test which one causes the problem.

Method 5: Clean Windows Temp Folder manually

1 Open Windows Start menu.

2 Enter %temp% into the search bar and click on the %temp% folder when it appears in the search results.

3 Now delete all the files and subfolders that are inside the Temp folder.

You can't delete the Temp files and folders that are currently in use. But that's okay. You can delete the rest when you completely shut down your PC and start it the next day.

Method 6: Clear the Google Chrome DNS Cache

Clearing Google Chrome's DNS cache can resolve host connection errors. This will erase any existing information regarding DNS names and IP addresses that's stored on your PC.

Quick way

1 Open Google Chrome.

2 Enter chrome://net-internals/#dns in the address bar and hit Enter (keyboard).

3 Click on the ▼ icon (top right) and click on "Clear cache" and then click on "Flush sockets".

Clear Cache & Flush Sockets in Google Chrome

4 Restart Google Chrome

Alternative way

1 Open Google Chrome.

2 Enter chrome://net-internals/#dns in the address bar and hit Enter (keyboard).

3 Click on the "Clear host cache" button.

Clear Host Cache in Google Chrome

4 Click on "DNS" (top left) and choose "Sockets" from the drop-down menu.

DNS Menu Google Chrome

5 Click on "Close Idle Sockets".

6 Click on "Flush Socket Pools".

7 Restart Google Chrome

Method 7: Windows Disk Cleanup Tool

Disk Cleanup is a tool that's built-in Windows.

1 Open "Disk Cleanup".

Here are a few ways to open it:

2 Select the drive where Windows is installed on (if not already selected). Usually it's the (C:) drive.

3 Click on "OK".

The tool will now calculate how much space you will be able to free on your system drive.

4 If you use Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, then click on "Clean up system files" to get a full cleanup.

5 Select the files that you want to cleanup. I always select everything.

6 Click on "OK" and then click on "Delete Files".

This may take a while. It depends on how much files must be deleted. When it's finished it will close by itself.

Method 8: Scan for Malware

can also cause internet connection problems.

Run a scan with , , , and a full system scan with your antivirus program.

Method 9: Java Control Panel

1 Bookmark this page (add to favorites) and close all web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc...).

I ask you to bookmark this page, so that you can easily find this page again (in case this method doesn't work and you want to try the other methods on this page).

2 Open Windows "Control Panel".

3 Open "Programs".

4 Open "Java".

Open Java Control Panel

5 Go to "Temporary Internet Files" and click on "Settings".

6 Click on "Restore Defaults".

7 Click on "Delete Files".

8 Select everything and click on "OK".

9 Click on "OK".

10 Close the Java Control Panel.

Method 10: Command Prompt

1 Open "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Open Command Prompt Admin

Two ways to open "Command Prompt":

  1. Click on the Start menu button, enter "CMD" into the search bar, then right-click on "CMD" or "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as Administrator".
  2. Windows 10: right-click on the Start menu button and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)".

2 Run the following commands one by one:

  1. Enter: ipconfig /release and hit enter
  2. Wait until the command is finished
  3. Enter: ipconfig /all and hit enter
  4. Wait until the command is finished
  5. Enter: ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter
  6. Wait until the command is finished
  7. Enter: ipconfig /renew and hit enter
  8. Wait until the command is finished
  9. Enter: netsh int ip set dns and hit enter
  10. Wait until the command is finished
  11. Enter: netsh winsock reset and hit enter
  12. Wait until the command is finished
Run a Command in Windows Command Prompt

3 Close Command Prompt.

4 Restart your PC.

Method 11: Change DNS

Switching your DNS to or might resolve some connection problems.

1 Open "Network and Sharing Center".

To open "Network and Sharing Center", right-click on the network icon located in the notification area of the taskbar and then click on "Open Network and Sharing Center".

Open Network and Sharing Center

2 Click on "Change adapter settings" (top left).

Open Adapter Settings

3 Right click on your network and choose "Properties".

Open Network Properties

4 Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and click on "Properties".

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties

5 Select "Use the following DNS server addresses".

You can choose between Google's Public DNS or OpenDNS. If one doesn't solve the problem, then try the other one.

Google's Public DNS

6 Enter "8.8.8.8" at "Preferred DNS server".

7 Enter "8.8.4.4" at "Alternate DNS server".

Change DNS Server Addresses to Google Public DNS

OpenDNS

6 Enter "208.67.222.222" at "Preferred DNS server".

7 Enter "208.67.220.220" at "Alternate DNS server".

Change DNS Server Addresses to OpenDNS

8 Check (select) "Validate settings upon exit".

9 Click on "OK".

10 Click on "Close".

Windows will now check for problems and if there are problems try to resolve it.

Now it's time to clear (flush) Google Chrome's DNS cache.

11 Open Google Chrome.

12 Enter chrome://net-internals/#dns in the address bar and hit Enter (keyboard).

13 Click on the arrow down icon located at the top right, click on "Clear cache" and then click on "Flush sockets".

Clear Cache & Flush Sockets in Google Chrome

14 Restart Google Chrome

Method 12: Re-install Google Chrome

Maybe the Google Chrome installation is corrupt. If that's the problem, then it's better to uninstall and re-install Google Chrome.

I hope one of these methods solved your Google Chrome connection problem.

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