BAM! You get an error message saying: 

fix err_connection_refused error on chrome

 

 

Just when you’re about to get to know the results of last night’s NBA game.

 

It’s annoying and worrying (especially since when the error has underscores in it). 

 

But not to worry, this guide will show you how you can fix Err_Connection_Refused error with six quick and simple methods. 🙂

 

 

 

 

How To Fix ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error In Chrome:  6 Ways 

 

Best to go from 1 to 5 accordingly.

 

 

1.  Check to See if the Website is Down 

 

Now the very first thing you should do is try to see if whether the website is experiencing an outage.

 

Just paste the URL of the website that you were trying to reach into this page called Down for everyone or just me (yes literally) and check to see whether the website is down for everyone or just you.

 

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2.  Clear Your Google Chrome Browser Cache 

 

Clearing your Google Chrome browser’s cache (which is basically all the info on which websites you’ve visited) helps remove expired caches (the old ones) that could very well be the reason why you’re blocked out from certain websites and you’re prevented from accessing them. 

 

I’ll show you how you can clear you  Google Chrome’s cache: 

 

Step 1:  Go ahead and jump into your Google Chrome and just copy and paste chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into your search bar in your Google Chrome. Press Enter.

 

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Step 2:  Great! Now you’ll see two options like the picture below (if not just select those two) and then tap on the Clear browsing data button.

 

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Done!

 

Go ahead and give it a try by searching for a random website and see if the error has been fixed yet. If not, don’t worry, there are few more solutions that I’ll show you which you can try. 🙂

 

 

 

 

3.  Try Resetting Your WiFi Router 

 

This is far-fetched in most cases, but it is indeed certainly worth a try.

 

To reset your WiFi router, all you have to do is just turn your WiFi device off and back on again by pressing on its Power button.

 

Give it a few minutes before you turn it back on and see if that did the trick.

 

 

 

 

4.  Check Your Proxy Server Settings (sounds nerdy, but it’s pretty shit simple)

 

Think of it like this: 

 

Proxy server is that one friend that is friends with the cool kids in school. 

 

The only to get into that party on Friday that you really wanna go is by going through your friend and asking them if you could tag along for the party.

 

Same thing. Whenever you try to access a website or something on the internet you need to go through a proxy server which then makes the connection.

 

Here’s how you can check your proxy server and fix it:

 

Step 1:  Jump into your Control Panel by searching for it on your computer (using that little magnifying glass search button on the bottom left hand corner of your screen).

 

 

 

Step 2:  Once you’re in your Control Panel, tap on Network and Internet and then select Internet Options.

 

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Step 3:  Next, head into the Connections tab (its right next to Content at the top) and then click on LAN Settings at the bottom.

 

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Step 4:  Finally, all you have to do now is just make sure under Proxy Server that the checkbox next to “Use a proxy server blah blah” is unchecked.

 

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Done!

 

 

 

 

5.  Disable Your Firewall or Your Antivirus Software 

Now, yes, disabling your Firewall or your Antivirus Software does more harm than good, so why do I suggest disabling it?

 

Well, for one, we want to know whether if that is that is where the problem lies or not.

 

We want to make sure that it’s not our own AntiVirus or Firewall which is causing this (which if it is then chances are you need to update your Antivirus or get a new version especially if you’re on a unsupported free version).

 

I’ll show you how you can disable your Firewall:

 

Step 1:  Again jump into your Control Panel (you can search for it on your computer by magnifying glass button on the bottom of your screen) and then jump into System and Security.

 

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Step 2: Great! Next, click on Windows Defender Firewall. 

 

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Step 3: Once you’re in, you should see Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or Off on the sidebar to your left hand side. Do you see it? Great, click on that.

 

 

Note

If you have installed an Antivirus then it might not allow you to disable Firewall as you need to then disable your Antivirus. So if you can’t access it, then head into your Antivirus and disable your Antivirus and then try to check if the error has gone or not. (you don’t have to meddle with any other Settings in your AntiVirus. Just disable it, check if the problem is gone, and then re-enable your Antivirus back)

 

 

Step 4: Now just check the box next to Turn off Windows Firewall and then you can go ahead and try to check if the error has been fixed.

 

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Done.

 

If that too didn’t work, then you finally …

 

 

 

 

6.  Reset Your IP Address and Clear Your DNS Cache (again its super easy.)

If you have tried all of the above methods and if you still get the pesky error, then you should do this.

 

I’ll show you how to do this:

 

Step 1:  Go ahead and open your Command Prompt by right clicking it and opening it as Run as administrator (you can try searching for Command Prompt on your computer using the magnifying glass for search button you have on the bottom left hand side of your screen).

 

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Step 2:  Good. Now I know what you get is some dark, Matrix-hacker-esque thing, but try to think of as like a blackboard you scribbled on back in kindergarten. All you have to do is just type:

 

netsh winsock reset catalog 

 

And then press Enter.

 

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Step 3:  You’re doing great! Now type:

 

ipconfig/flushdns

 

And then hit Enter.

 

 

 

 

Step 4:  Finally, just restart your computer and your problem will go away. 

 

That’s it! 

 

 

 

 

Share this guide with anyone that’s having trouble with this error and help them fix it. You’ll make their day. 🙂

 

 

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