We can’t emphasize enough on the importance of Domain Name System (DNS) with the internet. It’s a backbone of the whole system, which is responsible for matching domain names to the right IP addresses. If the DNS goes down, it’s impossible to access most websites or internet, depends on the scope of the issue.
Sometimes, DNS errors will happen on your computer, due to DNS servers timed out. But you can easily avoid DNS errors on your computer or device by using another DNS service, instead of the default DNS addresses.
Basically, when you set up an internet connection on your computer or router without any specific DNS address, it will automatically pull DNS information from your ISP (internet service provider). And somehow if these DNS servers timed out, then you will not able to access any websites or internet. In this article, we will tell you a few simple tips that will help you to fix common DNS issues on your computer. These tips are verified by many users and they work.
How To Solve Common DNS Issues?
As we mentioned above, due to problems with your default DNS server addresses, you are unable access to the internet. If you want to fix DNS errors, you must replace the default DNS addresses with another, like Google’s DNS or OpenDNS. Sometimes, the default DNS server address, which is automatically pulled from ISP (internet service provider), is timed out and can’t do its job, which is to translate domain names to correct IP addresses. In this case, DNS services like Google’s DNS or OpenDNS are very good options.
How To Change Default DNS Server IP Address?
In order to change the default DNS server IP address, go to Start > Control Panel > Select “Network and Sharing Center”. On the left side, click on the “Change adapter settings” link to open current network connection.
In the next step, right click on the current network connection that you are using and select Properties. Scroll down and click on the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” option. After that, set DNS server under DNS server addresses section, as in the picture below.
Your computer is now using Google’s DNS server with following DNS server addresses: 126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52. If you want to use OpenDNS, instead of Google’s DNS, use the following addresses: 184.108.40.206 – 220.127.116.11.
If DNS errors are related to your computer, you should go to Windows Services, find the DNS Server service and restart it. In the next step, try to clear all DNS cache on your computer by using the command: ipconfig /flushdns on the Command Prompt, accessible by typing ‘cmd’ in Start > Run.
There is an built-in tool in Windows called Diagnostic Tool, which will help you scan and detect DNS errors, and will automatically try to fix it. You can access this feature when you lose internet connection due to DNS problems.
Fix DNS Errors With Command Prompt
When your computer connects to the internet, it will automatically pull DNS information from your ISP or a DNS service, depends on your configuration. But if your computer gets corrupted or expired DNS information, then you will not able to use the internet.
In order to fix DNS problems in this case, use two following commands in Command Prompt to solve the problem. This step also helps you to fix many other related DNS errors, including “DNS Server Not Responding Error”.
First, open Command Prompt program by clicking on Start > Run > type “cmd.exe” to open the application. In the next step, type “ipconfig /renew”, and press Enter. Next, type “ipconfig /release” and press Enter again.
I hope this article can help you fix most popular DNS errors that might appear on your computer. If you have any question about DNS errors, feel free to ask by leaving your comment below.