How To Fix ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED in Chrome?

Are you facing ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED error while using google chrome? Let’s take a look at what causes this error and how to fix it.

This error can appear sometimes in Chrome running on Windows 10, and the ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED issue means either your browser or internet connection is stopping a webpage from loading.

Chrome is not able to access the network, hence the error message.

What Causes ‘ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED’ Error?

There are various reasons for this error to happen, which is why you might need to try several possible solutions to find the one that works.

In the event of this error, you will see one of the following error messages on your screen:

Your connection was interrupted
A network changed was detected
Check your internet connection

or

Unable to access the network
ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED

Just about any website can be affected by this annoying error, even the big ones like Google, YouTube or Facebook.

ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED

Until you fix whatever is causing this issue, you won’t be able to view any webpages. This error is similar to ERR_CACHE_MISS and ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE chrome errors.

There are various solutions to try, but before trying any of them uninstall any VPNs you are using, and also create a restore point in case anything does go wrong.

7 Ways To Fix ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED Error

Let’s take a look at 7 simple solutions to fix ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED error in Google Chrome browser.

Solution #1: Restart the Modem

Occasionally a simple modem restart can solve the issue.

It could be that there are some technical problems on your network which are interfering with your connection, so restarting the modem might be a quick and easy fix.

Solution #2: Flush Your DNS then Reset TCP/IP

If a modem reset didn’t help with the ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED issue, you can flush the DNS and then reset TCP/IP, using the following steps:

  • Right click on the Windows key
  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type in the following pressing Enter after each one:

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /renew

  • Right click on the Windows key then choose Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type in the following pressing Enter after each one:

ipconfig /flushdns
nbtstat –r
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset

  • Reboot your PC and try to access Chrome again

Solution #3: Clear Chrome Browsing Data

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Press Ctrl and H to open the history
  3. Click on Clear Browsing Data, choosing ‘Beginning of Time’ so it deletes everything
  4. Make sure these are selected too:
  5. Advertisement
  6. Cached images and files
  7. Auto-fill form data
  8. Passwords
  9. Cookies and other site and plugin data
  10. Browsing history
  11. Download history
  12. Click on Clear Browsing Data
  13. Close Chrome when it is finished, then reboot the computer
  14. Open Chrome to see if the ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED error is gone

Solution #4: Change the Google DNS

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Pick Network and Internet
  3. Choose Network and Sharing Center
  4. Click Change Adaptor Settings
  5. Now double click your WiFi
  6. Choose Properties
  7. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  8. Click Properties
  9. Check Use the Following DNS Server Addresses – Type this:

Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4

Close everything and reopen Chrome to see whether the error is fixed

Solution #5: Uncheck Proxy

  1. Press the Windows key and R
  2. Type the following then press Enter: inetcpl.cpl
  3. Select LAN Settings on the Connections tab
  4. Now uncheck Use a Proxy Server for the LAN
  5. Ensure Automatically Detect Settings is checked
  6. Click OK then click Apply
  7. Reboot your computer

Solution #6: Reinstall the Network Adapter Drivers

  1. Press the Windows key and R
  2. Type this then press Enter: devmgmt.msc
  3. Expand the Network Adaptors section to find your network adaptor
  4. Jot down the name of it (in case something goes wrong)
  5. Right click on the network adaptor then uninstall it
  6. Press OK or Yes to confirm if asked
  7. Restart the computer
  8. Try to connect to the network
  9. If you can’t the driver software hasn’t been installed automatically
  10. Navigate to the manufacturer’s website (using another PC to get online and a USB drive if necessary) to download the driver
  11. Install the driver then reboot the computer

Solution #7: Delete the WLAN Profiles

If nothing has worked so far, hopefully this final fix will.

  • Press the Windows key and X
  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type this in then press Enter:

netsh wlan show profiles

  • Type this in next:

netsh wlan delete profile name=”[PROFILE NAME]”
netsh wlan delete profile name

  • Repeat for every WiFi profile
  • Attempt to reconnect to the WiFi
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