When Google Chrome fails to load a webpage, it will show the error message – This site can’t be reached, with only a reload button. This guide explains why the error occurs and what you can do to troubleshoot and fix the this site can’t be reached on Google Chrome issue.
Why do I see “This site can’t be reached”
The Chrome error “this site can’t be reached” itself only indicates that the webpage you were loading cannot be loaded because the page is unreachable.
The reasons that is causing it can be vast. It could be due to internet connectivity issue, DNS problems, Chrome’s extensions of plugins issue, SSL / HTTPS issues, the webpage itself is offline or has a problem, or other reasons.
How to Fix this site can’t be reached on Chrome
The correct way to troubleshoot the This site can’t be reached error is to look for the error code that comes with it such as err_connection_timed_out that appears right below the error message.
This is the code that you should be searching for, not just the this site can’t be reached message. The error code tells what exactly is causing the issue. You can then search about it and fix it accordingly.
We have written several troubleshooting guides on some of the most common error codes that come with the “this site can’t be reached” error. You can use our search form on the floating menu to search for your Chrome error code. We may have just what you want. Here’s a list of our most popular solutions to some of the most common errors in Chrome.
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If you don’t see any error code or that you are simply looking for some general solution, here’s a few workarounds you can try to solve the problem.
Restart your computer – this site can’t be reached
If the this site can’t be reached Google Chrome error suddenly started to show up on every single website you try to visit while other browsers work just fine, try to restart your computer.
In some cases, a simple restart would solve the issue if the error is due to some software conflict during Windows 10 boot up.
Check your antivirus program
Check to see if there is any antivirus or firewall program is currently blocking Google Chrome from accessing to the internet, or blocking the websites you were trying to visit.
This is common if your antivirus software mistakenly flag Chrome as possible threats especially when you have suspicious Chrome extensions of plugins installed. Try to also temporarily disable all your Chrome extensions and plugins to see if it resolves the this site can’t be reached error.
Check your computer date and time
If the this site can’t be reached is caused by a DNS issue, it’s most likely due to your computer time is incorrectly set, thus causing it to not being able to be recognized by the server.
Adjust your Windows 10 date and time (accessing from the taskbar) correctly. Then, retry loading webpages on Chrome and see if it will still show this site can’t be reached error.
Reset or reinstall Google Chrome
Try to reset entire Google Chrome settings by typing chrome://flags onto Chrome’s address bar and then hit Enter. Click on the Reset all to default button at the top of the page and then restart Chrome. Now, try to open any webpage and see if the this site can’t be reached Google Chrome error is fixed.
If all else fails to resolve the issue, you can then try to reinstall Chrome. In Windows 10, open add or remove program from the start menu. Select Google Chrome from the list of apps then click on the Uninstall button to completely remove Chrome. Now, on any other browser, download Google Chrome Offline Installer for Windows 10 and install it. Check and see if the this site can’t be reached Chrome error is resolved.