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DNS Server Not Responding – Troubleshoot and fix it now

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on January 5th, 2013 | Leave a comment

When trying to connect to the Internet, have you ever received a warning saying that “DNS server is not responding”? Actually, this error message appears when the server which hosts the website might be temporarily down due to technical reasons or the NS service on your computer is corrupted or not working. Any of them will stop you from connecting the web properly as usual. But how can you fix such DNS problem by yourself?

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When getting the DNS Server Not Responding error message in opening a specific page, try loading other pages to see whether the same error message appears. If the DNS server error appears only on a couple of websites, then it might be a temporary issue with the server which is hosting that website. If it appears on every webpage, try the following solutions.

Secondly, try accessing Internet using safe mode with networking. Sometimes, the DNS Server Not Responding error message will happen by some incompatible 3-party software and an access to the Safe mode will solve the problem instantly. If you are able to connect to the web properly without a DNS server error, think of and undo what you have ever done before such error or directly uninstall the recently-installed program on the PC.

If the two above solutions do not deal with the DNS Server Not Responding error for you, it might be caused due to an incorrect setting within the DNS settings. If so, follow these steps to go:

*Go to Start -> Run –>type “cmd” and press Enter to open the command prompt window. *Type “netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt” to reset the IP.
*Type “netsh winsock reset” to create a prompt to reset winsock settings. Most of the time, a simple reset within the winsock is helpful in fixing other issues which can lead to this error.
*Then, type “ipconfig /flushdns” to fresh the stored DNS cache.
*After the above steps, restart the computer to see whether the issue has been fixed or not.

If a DNS Server Not Responding error message remains, check and make sure the computer is totally virus clean. We know that viruses are able to get onto the computer secretly without your permission and will stop you from visiting some pages, or navigating you to some other unsafe or even dangerous pages. It is quite possible that the computer is infected while you are getting the DNS server error message or some other errors like 404 Page not found. You should download and run an antivirus antispyware program to completely scan the whole PC and get rid of all dangerous threats or processes immediately. It is best that you can let such PC protection program running in the background to detect and block any potential threat at any time.

Finally, completely check and fix Windows registry errors. The Windows registry acts like a database of information about the software & hardware stored on your PC. Whenever you install, reconfigure, update or delete applications, all those changes are recorded within this database. Besides, spyware, Trojans and viruses can damage the structure of the registry to make the computer and some hardware & software to stop working properly. When the system cannot locate the needed entries to connect to the Internet, a DNS Server Not Responding error message will display. So, the final thing you should do when failing to connect to the Internet is to completely scan the whole PC and repair all existing & potential errors within the registry database.

Simply speaking, a computer that fails to connect to the web due to a DNS Server Not Responding error message means nothing. You may fail to browse your desired pages, or do whatever you want on the PC. But with the above steps, you can troubleshoot and solve it easily on your own.

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