Err_Connection_Refused Chrome - How to Fix

Err_Connection_Refused Chrome – How to Fix?

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If you are trying to access one of the websites but google chrome does not allow you to access it. Preferably, it displays an error. It’s an annoying error, Am I right?

ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED is a connection error in chrome that says the page didn’t let Chrome connect.

Here is in screenshot – This site can’t be reached is an error displaying ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED.

The Site Cannot Be Reached Error

Means, Google Chrome is not able to connect the user to that page. But don’t worry you are not alone. Just read the full article, follow the instructions and apply all the methods until the error is solved.

Here are the common reasons for the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error

1. Check Internet Connection

The very first thing is to check your Internet connection whether it’s working or not. if it’s not working, Restart your internet.

2. Clear browser cache and cookies

Sometimes Browser cookies may block your Internet DNS. So, whenever these kinds of errors occur, always try to clear your browser cache and cookies.

To clear browser cache and cookies do the following:

1) You can use shortcut key CTRL+SHIFT+DEL to enter the cache window. Or type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the URL and press enter.

2) Make sure that you have select All time option under Time Range drop-down. This will clear all time cache.

3) Click on Clear Data button.

err_connection_refused chrome clear cache

3. Disable all the Extensions

  • Open your Google Chrome.
  • Click the three dots in the upper-right side.
  • Now select More Tools from the menu.
  • Click on Extensions.

err_connection_refused chrome select more extensions

Remove all the extensions and check whether the error is gone. If the error disappears, it means the problem is with one of the extensions. Now enable the extensions one by one and find the culprit one. Refresh the website after enabling each extension.

err_connection_refused chrome disable extensions

Delete that culprit extension permanently and restart your browser. But if the issue is not with the extensions move to the further method.

4. Check Website is down

Make sure that the website you re trying to access is currently available. Maybe the website is down due to some technical issue. But if the website is working then move to the next method.

5. Website blocked by Firewall or Antivirus

Sometimes, your security software or antivirus you are using can block your browser or network connection and thus generates DNS block error.
In this case, check the firewall and antivirus settings. So, disable your antivirus or firewall for some time only to check if the error disappears or not.

If you don’t know how to disable your computer firewall do the following:

Step 1:  Open your control panel. Press Windows + R to open run window. Type Control Panel and press enter.

There are various methods to open a Control Panel, Have a look at these methods.

Step2:In the control panel window, click on System and Security option.

err_connection_refused chrome system and security

Step 3: It will redirects you to another window – System and Security. Click on Windows Defender Firewall.

err_connection_refused chrome windows defender

Step 3: In the Windows Defender Firewall window, there is an option on the left-hand side – Turn Windows Defender Firewall On or Off.

Are you able to see it? Ok, now click on it.

err_connection_refused chrome


The very important thing to note here is – If you have installed an Antivirus or security software on your computer, then you may not be able to disable the Firewall.

First, you need to disable your Antivirus. After disabling, you may able to disable your firewall. After that, check if the error has gone. If the error disappears, re-enable your antivirus again.

Step 4: Now Tick the Turn off Windows Firewall checkbox. And check for the error.

err_connection_refused chrome turn off firewall

If this does not fix the issue, try for another method.

6. Switch to Google DNS

  • Open Network and Sharing Center at the bottom right side of the desktop.
  • Right-click on Ethernet and select Properties.

err_connection_refused chrome

  • Choose IPv4 and then Properties.

err_connection_refused chrome choose ipv4

  • Specify as the Preferred DNS server and as the Alternate DNS server.

err_connection_refused chrome change dns

  • Click on Ok button.

7. Clears DNS cache

Have you tried all the above methods but the error still appears? Now clear your DNS cache.

To flush the DNS cache use the following commands:

  • First, open a command prompt as an administrator.
  • Type netsh winsock reset catalog and hit enter
  • Then type ipconfig/flushdns and then press enter.

err_connection_refused chrome clean dns

These commands will flush your DNS. After that, you must restart your computer.

I hope this article helps you to learn how to fix err_connection_refused error in chrome. Don’t forget to share it.

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Himani Bhardwaj

Himani Bhardwaj is a Professional Developer and working in WordPress Platform as a Plugin Developer. She is also a passionate blogger and manages the activities of TechnoVigor and Plugins Reviews.

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