You are trying to visit a few of your favorite websites, but it seems Google Chrome does not allow you to access it. Instead, the Chrome browser always show you an error message: Err_Connection_Refused. It’s an annoying error, right?

According to reports from users, several reasons that could lead to this “connection” error like DNS issues, proxy server issues or expired browser caches.

In order to fix this “connection” error, there are a few simple steps that you could apply, such as:

  • Clear your browser cache.
  • Reset your IP address & flush the DNS cache.
  • Check proxy settings.
  • Disable your firewall.

Sometimes, one of these causes is the reason that you could not access your favorite websites.


Fix Err_Connection_Refused Error On Google Chrome

In this article, I will tell you about the three best ways that can help you to fix the Err_Connection_Refused error on your Google Chrome browser. Just read this article, follow up instructions and apply all methods until your problem is solved.

Clear Your Google Chrome Browser Cache

Expired caches on your Google Chrome browser could block websites and prevent you from accessing them. That’s the reason why you couldn’t visit specific sites. In order to fix this connection refused error, you will have to remove all caches on your browser.

To do so, copy and paste “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” on the address bar of the Google Chrome browser, and press Enter.

Select two options like the picture below and press “Clear browsing data” button.

How to clear Google Chrome browsing data

Check Your Proxy Server Settings To Fix Err_Connection_Refused

Most proxy servers don’t work lifetime. They will have a limited of online times and then offline. Sometimes, you have used a proxy server and then forgot to remove it from the Internet Options. By that, when that proxy server is unavailable, you will be unable to connect to the Internet because all connections must go through that proxy server, no exception.

So, please check your “proxy server” settings again and make sure your computer isn’t configured to use any proxy servers or socks.

To do so, go to Control Panel, and click on the “Internet Options” feature.

Click on the Connections tab and select LAN settings. Next, make sure the “Proxy server” is unchecked.

Proxy Server Settings In Internet Options

Disable Your Firewall Or Antivirus Software

Sometimes, your built-in firewall or antivirus program block unsafe websites and will not let you access to your favorite sites. If two methods above can’t help you solve the “connection refused” error, then just disable your built-in firewall, antivirus or any internet security programs, and try to access to those websites again.

To disable Windows Firewall, go to Control Panel > Windows Firewall, and then click on the “Turn Windows Firewall on or off” link on the left side, to turn off your firewall.

Turn Off Windows Firewall

Also, please choose Close, Quit or Disable your antivirus program to make sure it will not block any websites.

A few other common errors you might want to know:

Reset Your IP Address And Clear DNS Cache To Fix Err_Connection_Refused

If you have tried all above methods and the “Err Connection Refused” problem still exist, you should reset your IP address and clear DNS cache.

In order to reset your IP address and clear DNS cache, open Command Prompt program as Administrator. To do so, click on Start > type cmd.exe on the Run dialog box > Right click on cmd.exe and select “Run as Administrator” > Yes.

If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10, you can press Windows + X, press A and then choose “Yes” to launch the Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

Next, type:

netsh winsock reset catalog

and press Enter.

Then type:

ipconfig /flushdns

and press Enter.

Restart your computer and the issue will disappear.

Reset Your IP Address And Flush DNS Cache

I hope this simple guide can help you to solve the Err_Connection_Refused error on your Google Chrome browser. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me by leaving your comment below.

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22 Replies to “How To Fix Err_Connection_Refused Error On Google Chrome”

  1. Thomas says:

    I done all of these …. thanks… but I’m still getting the error. What next?

    1. Tony Tran says:

      Have you tried to load website in another browser, such as Firefox?

      Is there any problem?

      I would suggest to backup Chrome data, and then reinstall it.

      1. Amy says:

        I have tried all above and am also still getting err message but only on some sites. some i can get back on now. im still being blocked by some really benign sites. like some of my audubon sites

        1. Tony Tran says:

          For example? Which sites you get this error?

  2. viki debbarma says:

    It is not working in Firefox…!

    1. Tony Tran says:

      It’s an error related to Google Chrome. Those solutions can’t use to fix problems in Mozilla Firefox.

  3. Essir Naya says:

    I’ve done all of the steps but it still not fixed 🙁

    1. Tony Tran says:

      May I ask a few questions?

      – You got this error when loading all sites?
      – Have you tried to load sites with other browsers yet? Such as Firefox. What’s the result?

      1. Hari says:

        i have the same problem in chrome and chromium


        1. Tony Tran says:

          Hi Hari,

          Have you resolved this problem yet?

  4. Nolan says:

    thanks SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Tony Tran says:

      You’re welcome!

  5. Edward says:

    Dude i still cant use it i tried on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and those are all i have, but its still not working ;(

  6. Anubhav says:

    thanks you are the best!!!!!!

  7. jacob says:

    worked for me!

  8. John says:

    Clearing the chrome browser did not help
    running the instructions at:
    Reset Your IP Address And Clear DNS Cache To Fix Err_Connection_Refused
    worked. after i figured out how to sign on as an administrator.
    Thank you for posting these directions

    1. Tony Tran says:

      I’m glad that tip helped you to resolve this irritating issue on your Google Chrome.

  9. Karin says:

    I tried all these tips and still get the same error message

  10. surinder says:

    my problem still exist after taking all steps above

  11. me guy says:

    not working for me

  12. Ann Zukowski says:

    This is phenomenal information, however my issue pertains to my cell phone. LG Stylo 4. If you can help I would forever be in your debt!

  13. laura seibert says:

    i did all of the above and did resolve issue

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