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.
What This Error Means?
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“
“Unable to access the network
Just about any website can be affected by this annoying error, even the big ones like Google, YouTube or Facebook.
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 and click on “Command Prompt“.
- Type in the following codes and press “Enter” after each one:
ipconfig /release ipconfig /flushdns ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns nbtstat –r netsh int ip reset netsh winsock reset
- Restart your PC and try to access Chrome again
Solution #3: Clear Chrome Browsing Data
- Open Chrome and press “Ctrl + H” to open the history.
- Click on “Clear Browsing Data“, choosing ‘Beginning of Time’ so it deletes everything.
- Make sure these are selected too:
- Cached images and files
- Auto-fill form data
- Cookies and other site and plugin data
- Browsing history
- Download history
- After that confirm it by clicking on “Clear Browsing Data“.
- Close Chrome when it is finished, then reboot the computer.
- After restart, open Chrome to see if the ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED error is gone
Solution #4: Change the Google DNS
- Open Control Panel and pick “Network and Internet“.
- Choose “Network and Sharing Center” and click “Change Adapter Settings“.
- Now double click your WiFi, choose “Properties” and click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)“.
- Click Properties again and check “Use the Following DNS Server Addresses” – Type this:
Preferred DNS server: 126.96.36.199 Alternate DNS server: 188.8.131.52
Close everything and reopen Chrome to see whether the error is fixed
Solution #5: Uncheck Proxy
- Press the “Windows key + R” and type in “inetcpl.cpl“.
- Select “LAN Settings” in the “Connections” tab.
- Now uncheck “Use a Proxy Server for the LAN” (ensure “Automatically Detect Settings” is checked.
- Click “OK” then click “Apply” and restart your computer.
Solution #6: Reinstall the Network Adapter Drivers
- Press the “Windows key + R”, type “indevmgmt.msc” and press Enter.
- Expand the “Network Adapters” section to find your network adapter.
- Jot down the name of it (in case something goes wrong).
- Right click on the network adapter, uninstall it and press “OK” or “Yes” to confirm if asked.
- Restart the computer and try to connect to the network.
If you can’t the driver software hasn’t been installed automatically
Navigate to the manufacturer’s website (using another PC to get online and a USB drive if necessary) to download the driver. Install the driver then restart your computer again.
Solution #7: Delete the WLAN Profiles
If nothing has worked so far, hopefully this final fix will.
- Open Command Prompt and type-in this:
netsh wlan show profiles
- and type this in next:
netsh wlan delete profile name="[PROFILE NAME]" netsh wlan delete profile name
- Repeat this for every WiFi profile and attempt to reconnect to the WiFi.
All solutions mentioned in this article should help you to fix ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED error in Google Chrome.
If none of those solutions helped you, feel free to check-out video guide below.