ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED chrome is one of the nagging issues that hinder the smooth internet browsing on Windows 10 PC. In general, this problem occurs on the Google Chrome web browser owing to incorrect DNS settings.
Change settings in Network configuration, Malware attack, change in TCP/IP, obsolete drivers, and corrupt Google Chrome are some other possible reasons behind this bug. Hence, we discuss different ways like run troubleshooter, reset network connections, reset Chrome DNS, clear cache and browsing data, etc. to fix this issue. Let’s explore these fixes in detail-
- Check your PC for malware
- Restart your Internet connection
- Run Internet Connection / Network Troubleshooter
- Change DNS settings
- Reset TCP/IP protocol
- Use Google’s Public DNS
- Don’t use Google’s IPv6 DNS
- Clear browsing data in Chrome
- Update Network Adapter Driver
- Disable prediction services in Chrome
- Reinstall Google Chrome
- Don’t use both Ethernet & Wi-Fi on a single device
- Remove or reinstall VPN software
- Try other browsers
Fix- ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED chrome issue
The solutions described below are helpful to fix several browsing related errors like err_network_changed, error 21, Google Chrome, and network change was detected. Try these workarounds in chronological order-
1. Check your PC for malware
If you are struggling with a similar error while accessing the internet using Chrome, there may be some malware infection on your System. The chances of such bugs increased when you use third-party antivirus software. Hence, it is better to replace this with an in-built security app by Microsoft i.e. Windows Defender. Succeeding after, perform a full scan on your PC to fix this problem. In case you don’t know how to proceed, here are the steps-
- At first, go to the notification area of the System tray and select the Shield icon (Windows Security).
- Once the page comes in view, tap Virus & threat protection thereafter Scan options on the subsequent page.
- Now select the Full Scan radio button then hit Scan now.
- The scanning process will start automatically, wait until it detects and removes malicious files from the system.
At last, Restart your system and try opening the web browser. Hope the ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED error in Chrome has solved allowing you to access the internet without any interruption.
2. Restart your Internet connection
Most of the time, a bad net connection may lead to such an error. Therefore, we recommend you to check the wire of Internet connection (Ethernet) properly. If it is OK, unplug the cable then connect it back to its respective port then try again. In case you are using a wireless Internet connection, you should disconnect then reconnect it back. If the error doesn’t resolve even after doing this, follow below workarounds-
3. Run Internet Connection / Network Troubleshooter
The Network connection troubleshooter can detect the actual bug in the web browser and fix the same if possible. This task is quite easy, just follow these steps-
- Right-click on Windows icon (Start) and select Settings from the context menu.
- When the page opens up, tap the Update & Security category followed by Troubleshoot on the left pane.
- Again, switch to the right-hand side and click the Internet Connections option henceforth Run the Troubleshooter button.
It will automatically detect and repair the problem, once finished Restart your system to save the changes made so far. Hopefully, this method will solve the ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED issue.
4. Change DNS settings
If you still can’t access the internet due to ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED error in Google Chrome, flushdns command can help you to fix the trouble. This task is quite simple, just follow these steps-
- Press Window key & S altogether to launch Search box then type Command Prompt in the text area.
- Right-click on best matching result thereafter select Run as Administrator.
- If the UAC prompt appears up, tap Yes to permit the access.
On the elevated command prompt, type the following code and hit Enter at the end to execute it.
When you will receive the finish message, close the Command prompt, and restart your system. Now check whether the problem has solved or not.
5. Reset TCP/IP protocol
This is another workaround to solve Internet accessing issues on the Chrome browser. Here is the procedure-
- Jointly press Windows key and R to launch Run dialog.
- Type cmd in the void then hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter simultaneously to open Command Prompt as Administrator.
- If the UAC prompt appears up, tap Yes to permit the access.
- Now copy/paste the following code and hit Enter at the end to execute the code.
netsh int ip set dns netsh winsock reset
When you complete this task, close current windows and reboot your PC. After the restart, try connecting to the internet on the Chrome Browser. If the error still persists, try other fixes.
6. Use Google’s Public DNS
A fault in DNS (Domain Name Server) might also create such trouble. Therefore, reset Google’s Public DNS by following below steps-
- Right-click on Start icon then chooses Network Connections from the list of options.
- Henceforth on the right pane, click the Change adapter option.
- Thereafter locate current connection, once found, make a right-click and select Properties on the context menu.
- Again, scroll down the cursor to locate Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then hit Properties.
- On succeeding page, mark Use the following DNS server addresses the radio button subsequently fill the following data at its respective address (See Snapshot).
Preferred DNS server: 126.96.36.199
Alternate DNS server: 188.8.131.52
- Hit OK to confirm the changes.
Once you have performed the above steps, reboot your system and check if the issue ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED has solved or not on the chrome browser.
7. Don’t use Google’s IPv6 DNS
Google’s IPv6 DNS may also cause this bug, hence you have to check its settings as well. Here is the procedure-
- Press Window key & S to launch Cortana, type Network Connections then click on the same.
- Here on the right panel, hit Change adapter options.
- On network connections window, right-click on Ethernet/ WiFi (the one you are currently using).
- Select Properties on the context menu then tap the Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) option.
- On the next window, mark Obtain DNS server address automatically radio button in both sections.
- Tap OK to confirm the changes, Restart your system to save the changes.
8. Clear browsing data in Chrome
Sometimes, unnecessary or unorganized data stored in the Chrome browser can prevent access to the internet as well. This may cause ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED while browsing data. Here is the procedure to follow-
- Open Google Chrome and select the ellipse icon (three dots) at the top right corner.
- Thereafter select Settings followed by Advanced on succeeding page.
- Here, under the Privacy and Security section, tap the Clear browsing data option.
- On subsequent window, click on Set Time drop-down menu then select All Time.
- At last, do the click on Clear data to confirm the changes.
Once it is finished, type in the address bar to access your desired site and check if it works for you.
9. Update Network Adapter Driver
When you check the installed adapter driver and find it outdated or corrupt, update the same. Follow this step-wise guide-
- Press Window key & X altogether to open Start.
- Here, choose Device Manager from the list.
- On the new window, expand Network Adapter.
If you see a yellow exclamation mark against any driver then right-click on the specific driver and tap Update Driver option (See the snapshot below).
Once it is over, attempt browsing on Chrome and check whether it works fine or not.
10. Disable prediction services in Chrome
Sometimes certain Google Chrome features might cause such a nuisance to appear. In order to fix it, you need to find and disable these features. This is relatively simple, you can do it by following the steps described below-
- At first, open Google Chrome and select the ellipse icon (vertical three dots).
- Here, select Settings followed by the Advanced option.
- Again, disable Use a prediction service to load the page more quickly toggle switch.
Once this service is turned off, the Chrome issue may get solved.
Note: When you disable these services, the website may load slowly.
11. Reinstall Google Chrome
In case, certain files won’t install while installing the Chrome browser, this may cause the ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED issue. It is therefore recommended to uninstall then fresh install the application software. Here are the steps to follow-
- Jointly press Window key & I to launch Settings.
- Once the page opens up, tap Apps followed by Apps & Features on the left pane.
- Switch to the right-hand side and select Google Chrome.
- Now hit the Uninstall button to remove this app from your system.
- Once this task is finished, Reboot your system to remove its remaining files.
Now you can fresh install the application.
12. Don’t use both Ethernet & Wi-Fi on a single device
Sometimes many users use Ethernet and Wi-Fi simultaneously on their PC. If that’s the case, it may create such an issue. Hence, the best solution is to select one network i.e. either Ethernet or Wi-Fi to surf the internet.
13. Remove or reinstall VPN software
Although VPN is a helpful application that works as a security tool on your system yet its interference with Chrome may lead to this trouble. So if you are using these services on your Windows Device, we recommend you uninstall this and check if it works for you. In case, it doesn’t solve ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED Chrome bug, reinstall the VPN program again on your PC.
14. Try other browsers
Sometimes this issue might be browser-specific, therefore check whether it occurs on other web-browsers too or not. If the issue appears there as well, the fault may lie in the network configuration. So, update the obsolete Network adapter driver to fix this issue.
We hope the above guide helps you to solve the ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED Chrome issue on Windows 10. If you have any queries related to this article, do ask us in the comment section below.