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How to Troubleshoot Resolving Host Issue in Google Chrome

Google Chrome Not Working

Common Browser Issues

To open a site, the URL address entered on Google Chrome’s address bar should be resolved to an IP address. The resolution takes place through DNS (Domain Name System). The technical cause for the issue is DNS servers set up by your ISP takes long to find a mapping address for that URL you entered in Google Chrome.

The simplest way to overcome the issue is to open the IP address of the site you are trying to open. This method skips the whole resolving host process. However, remembering IP addresses of every site on the internet is practically impossible and one website may have many IP addresses or an IP is being assigned to more than one site in shared web hosting scenario, so solving the resolving host problem for good is necessary. Here is how to fix the issue that causes surfing on Google Chrome not working.

Method One: Switch to Public DNS

The straightforward way to fix it is to change DNS servers in network settings. You can utilize any public DNS server available to you. All your activities on the internet will be routed via these systems for resolving domains, so only use reliable and known server address. When you change the servers, exit the web browser and open it again. Then, open your site; it should open without displaying a “Resolving host” message. All websites should load relatively quicker than before in Chrome.

Method Two: Clear DNS Cache of Chrome

The browser employs DNS caching to make quick loading of websites possible by mapping IP addresses from the cache as the same domain opens again and again. If the site’s IP address is changed, the caching of Google Chrome may bring about a lag in loading the website because of the difference in IPs.

  • Copy “chrome://net-internals/#dns”, paste the command into the address bar of Google Chrome, and press the Enter
  • Click on Clear host cache.

Clear System Cache

Method Three: Clear Cache of Your Local Computer

Besides Google Chrome, your local PC also uses the caching to enable quick loading of repeat domains accessed. So clearing the cache of Windows could also help fix the issue.

  • Press the Windows key, type cmd in the search box of the Start menu, and open Command Prompt from the search results.
  • Enter ipconfig /flushdns in Command Prompt and you should see the success message.

Windows Command

Method Four: Modify Hosts File                       

The hosts file in local computer controls the process of resolving a domain to an internet protocol address before another DNS resolution happens. Add IP address and domain name as two separate entries in this file, and this will help overcome the issue because the former will be obtained directly from the file. To find hosts, open the C: drive and type the file name in the search box. Wait for the search to complete and the file to appear in the drive; then, open the file and add the said entries into it.

Method Five: Disable VPN and Proxy

Using a VPN or proxy server helps conceal your identity and surf the web anonymously. This also helps access blocked sites. Unfortunately, several people use these services for doing illegal stuff. Some services monitor scam on the internet and update IP addresses from the places these scams originate. Web developers use the database of scam monitoring services to filter unnecessary network. All those free internet-based services will most likely be blocked because proxy and VPN offering companies are sharing the same server information with a large number of users. Due to reasons such as this, you will see the captcha “I’m not a robot” in Google Search.

So make sure that you are not using free VPN and proxy services, and try getting premium VPN services to avoid seeing the resolving host message in Chrome.

Method Six: IP Conflict

The last resort is to reboot your PC, or restart your internet connection. To do the latter, just disconnect the modem from power and connect it again. It is common nowadays to have a laptop, an iPad or iPhone all connected to the same Wi-Fi router at home. You may see the “Windows – System Error” in your taskbar stating “There is an IP address conflict with another system on the network”.

It may not bring about the resolving host problem, but it will interrupt the internet connection and will delay website loading. Restarting your PC or modem will fix this IP conflict problem.

Method Seven: Contact Your Internet Service Provider

Contact your internet provider, when none of the aforementioned solutions works for you. Talk about the matter with your ISP alongside the URL-addresses of the websites you are attempting to access. Your internet provider can check and verify whether it is blocking those websites from its side. It can provide different DNS servers or modify configuration settings at its end to overcome the issue.



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