Top 10 Tricks To Fix: DNS Server Not Responding Error

Chances are that you might have faced a very common problem while connecting to the internet, which says — DNS server not responding. If yes, then you are at the right spot because we are going to list you some easy solutions for this error. Read on.

But before writing down the tricks, we would like to first tell you what a DNS server is.

What Is A DNS Server?

DNS is abbreviated as “Domain Name System”. It is a technology to manage public names of websites and internet domains. In short, DNS translates domain names into their corresponding IP addresses. So, every time a person uses a domain name, a DNS service translates the name into its respective IP. Say for example, if you type the domain name on your browser, it may translate to or something similar.

Also Read: 7 Tricks To Troubleshoot Microsoft Word Not Responding

DNS Server Not Responding

How To Solve DNS Server Not Responding?

There might be times when few websites don’t open up or internet does not work when you try to connect. The connection may fail when you run the troubleshooter, which is exactly when it throws an error:

Your computer appears to be correctly configured but the device or resource (DNS server) is not responding.

Reasons Why You Get: DNS Server Not Responding
  • Corrupt computer settings might fail connecting with the server
  • Complications or problems at the server’s side
  • Corrupt or incorrect internet connection
  • Your PC’s security software might prevent certain websites from opening
  • Firewall must have blocked your computer from communicating with certain websites (accidentally)


Troubleshooting usually fixes the issue and it is pretty easy to do. However, before you fix the DNS error, you have to narrow down the actual cause of this problem.

Narrow Down The Problem
  • First, check your internet connection
  • Then, check your security software. See if it is blocking the websites or not
  • Next, see if the error appears only for some websites or for all. Now, if the error appears only for few websites, then know that the issue is temporary
  • Finally, check if it is a browser issue
  • If the DNS error appears only on few websites, then it is a temporary problem with the server that is hosting the particular website. Check such websites on You just have to enter the website name that needs to be checked. will then let you know if it is up or down. In case if the respective website is up or down. If you are not able to see it, then the problem is with your PC. In such a case, follow the tricks listed below.
  • If you have a smart phone or another computer / device that has access to the same network, try checking your internet connection on it. If you happen to get the same error “DNS server not responding” on the other device as well, we advice to get your ISP’s help. However, if you want you can try the below solutions.


So, what should you do when you get this internet error? Here are few tricks to try:

Trick No 1: Restart Your Router

So, the very first thing to do to fix – DNS server not responding is to remove your router’s power cord. Once all the lights of your router have turned off, wait for 2 to 5 minutes and then, reconnect.

Trick No 2: Disable The Firewall Settings Of Your Security Software

As said earlier, your security software might be one of the reasons for the error DNS server not responding. Firewall must be blocking few websites from opening. So, disable it and check if the problem is fixed.

Trick No 3: Configure Your TCP/IP Settings

To configure the TCP/IP settings, follow the steps given below:

  • Click on start > control panel
  • Under the “Networking and Internet” option, click on “View network status and tasks”
  • Next, click on “Change adapter settings”
  • Right click on Local Area Connection > Properties
  • Choose Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)
  • Click Properties
  • Select the option “Obtain an IPv6 address automatically”
  • Now, select “Obtain DNS server automatically” and click Ok
  • Select the option “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”
  • Click Properties
  • Select the option “Obtain an IP address automatically”
  • Now, select “Obtain DNS server address automatically” and click Ok

Trick No 4: Use IPConfig Command

Follow the below listed steps to use the IPConfig:

  • Click on start > type “command prompt” in the search box
  • Right click the “command prompt” and click the option “Run as administrator”
  • Once the command prompt opens, you need to type the below commands
  • Note: Make sure to press “enter” after every command
ipconfig /flushdnsipconfig /registerdns

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew


Refer for more IPConfig commands

Trick No 5: If The Above Trick Fails, Try The Below Commands

  • Press Windows + R to open the “Run” window
  • Once the window appears, type cmd and select with admin privilege
  • Type the command: netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt to reset your IP address
  • As the command executes, it prompts for a restart but don’t perform at this moment. Reset the winsock settings and then restart
  • Type the command netsh winsock reset to reset your winsock. Even though resetting winsock isn’t associated with this problem, still it may help fix other issues, which leads to DNS server not responding error.
  • Clear the DNS cache by typing ipconfig /flushdns
  • Finally, restart your computer to see if the error is fixed

Trick No 6: If The Problem Persists, Follow The Below Instructions

  • Press Windows + R to open the “Run” window
  • Now, type the command ncpa.cpl. This opens your network connections
  • Next, right click on Local Area Connection > Properties (Right click Wireless Network Connection, if it is a wireless connection)
  • Choose Internet protocol version(TCP/IPv4) > Properties
  • Choose Internet protocol and select the option “use the following DNS server address”
  • Next, change the address of DNS server to the global value:

Note: You can even use DNS address of Google, which is preferred and alternate

Now check if the error is fixed. Usually, modifying the Preferred and Alternate values fixes the problem. There are many advantages of selecting specific DNS addresses. As a user, you can use any of the below listed DNS addresses if you are assigning manually.

  • Generally, Google DNS and gives a faster performance
  • Neustar’s DNS and is fast as well as safe
  • For extra protection, you could use Comodo’s DNS and

Trick No 7: Check If Internet Works In Safe Mode With Networking

Yet another important solution to fix – DNS server not responding is none other than “Safe Mode”. It allows only essential OS drivers and files to load. Safe mode with networking loads network driver, which in turn enables the internet connection. Now, if your internet works fine in safe mode, then know that your 3rd party services or drivers are the main culprit. They are blocking your net connection. To start your computer in safe mode with networking, follow the below steps:

  • Shut down your computer
  • Again turn it on
  • Once the screen appears, keep pressing F8 continuously
  • Select the option “Safe Mode with Networking”

Note: USB internet will not work in safe mode

Trick No 8: Use This Method For Wireless Internet Connection

If you are using wireless internet connection and getting the error: DNS server not responding, then follow the below instructions.

  • Go to start > control panel > network and sharing center > change adapter settings
  • Now, on the left panel, disable the option “Microsoft Virtual WIFI Miniport Adapter”
  • If you don’t see the above option, then go to device manager to disable it

Or you can use the following commands:

  • Start > Type “Run” in the search box
  • Once the window appears, type devmgmt.msc
  • Now, click the tab named “View” and select “Show Hidden Devices”
  • Next, expand the Network Adapters > Disable the option Microsoft Virtual WIFI Miniport Adapter

Trick No 9: Try Different Browsers

Check if the DNS error is due to your browser. Try browsing websites from different browsers like Google Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari etc… Though this rarely happens, it is still possible. If only a specific browser shows the error: DNS server not responding and other browsers loads fine, then understand that it is a browser issue, which needs to be fixed.

Trick No 10: If All The Tricks Fail, Contact Your ISP

If the error: DNS server not responding still appears after applying the above-mentioned tricks, do not waste further time on it. Contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and explain the scenario. They will surely help.

Hope, this article has helped you overcome the DNS error. If you still face problems, post them in comments, we will try to help you.

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