How To Fix ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE Error on Windows 10

There have been reports from Windows users getting error on the browser then trying to load a webpage. The error is usually displayed as ” This site can’t be reached: ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE”. This means the the browser cannot connect to the server when the user tries to open a website. In today’s post, we will talk about the possible causes and the recommended troubleshooting solutions that you can do to fix ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error on Windows 10.

Fix ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE Error on Windows 10

There are several possible reasons why the error occurs when trying to access websites such as problem with the server, incorrect URL address unreachable for a particular website, issues with the router, issues with the proxy server, conflicts with the antivirus program to issues with the DNS cache.

Most of the time, the error can be fixed by restarting the computer. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem. However, if error still appears after restarting the computer, try the following solutions below to fix it.

Solution 1: Restart Router

The very first thing that you can do to fix error ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE is to restart the router. If the error has been fixed, the error is most probably caused by issues with the router and internet service provider. However, if after restarting and the error still persists you can proceed with the next solutions.

To do this:

  1. Disconnect or unplug router from power source.
  2. After at least 2 minutes, reconnect or plug router again to power source.

After router start up, check if ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error in Google Chrome Browser on Windows 10 still occurs

Solution 2: Disable Proxy Settings

If Proxy settings are used to connect to the internet, it is possible to be the culprit for the error message to appear. To confirm this, you may need to disable Proxy settings and then check if ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error will be fixed.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.

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  2. At RUN dialog box, type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter or click OK to open Internet Properties window.

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  3. At Properties window, click Connections tab

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  4. Under Local Area Network (LAN) settings, click LAN settings tab.

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  5. Make sure option Use a proxy server for your LAN” is unchecked.

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  6. Make sure option “Automatically detect settings” is checked.

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  7. Click OK to apply changes made and Exit LAN settings.

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  8. Click OK to exit Internet Properties window.

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Check if ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error in Google Chrome Browser on Windows 10 still occurs

Solution 3: Change to Google DNS server on DNS Settings

Most of the DNS (Domain Name System) related issues can be fixed by changing DNS servers using Google Public DNS server.  Change the DNS settings on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) on DNS server addresses for the preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server and then check if the error will be resolved.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + I on your keyboard to open Windows settings section.
  2. Inside Windows Settings, click Network & Internet
  3. Under Advanced network settings of network status, click Change Adapter options. A new window opens.
  4. Inside Network Connections window, right click on your network and click Properties from the drop down menu.
  5. Under Wi-Fi Properties, click Networking tab.
  6. Scroll down and double click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to open it.
  7. Click on the option “Use the following DNS server addresses”
  8. Input 8.8.8.8 as Preferred DNS server.
  9. Input 8.8.4.4 as Alternate DNS server
  10. Click OK to apply changes made.

Relaunch Google Chrome again and then check if ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error in Google Chrome Browser on Windows 10 still occurs

Solution 4: Clear Browsing Data cache

The history and cookies when browsing a website are normally stored in the browsers cache system. If there are corrupt files present, it can be the cause for the error message to appear. Therefore, clearing browsing data cache can help fix the error message.

To do this:

  1. Launch Google chrome
  2. Click on the 3 vertical dots located at the upper right.
  3. Click More tools from the drop down menu.
  4. Click Clear browsing data from the drop down menu, a new window opens.
  5. At new window, you can choose the Time range from when computer started to experience the error. Or you can choose ALL time option.
  6. Make sure all options below time range are checked
  7. Click clear data to start clearing browser cache. wait for it to complete.
  8. Exit Google Chrome
  9. Restart computer.

Check if ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error in Chrome browser still occurs.

Solution 5: Temporarily Disable Antivirus Program

Antivirus software or third party antivirus programs can sometimes cause conflicts thereby causing errors to occur such as ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error. To fix this, o fix this, try to temporarily disable antivirus program and check if the error message will be fixed. If after performing the solution and the antivirus program is not the culprit, you may need to enable antivirus program again to keep your computer protected.

For Windows Defender:

  1. Click on the Start or Windows logo key located at the lower left
  2. Click Settings an icon that looks like a gear to open Windows Settings section.
  3. At Windows settings section, click Update and Security.
  4. Click Windows security at the left pane.
  5. Click Virus and Threat protection from the protection areas section. A new window opens.
  6. At the new window, click Manage settings from Virus and Threat Protection settings.
  7. Toggle OFF Real-time protection.
  8. Restart your computer.

For AVG:

  1. Double-click on AVG icon located at on system tray
  2. Click Temporarily disable AVG protection.
  3. Select how long you want AVG to be turned off and whether you want AVG to disable its Firewall too. Click on OK to disable the antivirus program.

For McAfee:

  1. Double-click on McAfee icon located at on system tray.
  2. Click Exit.
  3. A dialog box warning you that McAfee protection will be turned off, click Yes to disable the antivirus program.

For Avast:

  1. Double-click on Avast icon located at computer system tray.
  2. Click Avast shields control.
  3. Locate the options to disable the program – the options are to disable it for 10 minutes, an hour, until the computer is restarted or permanently (until you yourself turn it back on). Select whatever option suits you best and use it to disable the program.

Relaunch Google Chrome again and then check if ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error in Google Chrome on Windows 10 still occurs.

Solution 6: Reset Network Settings

If you are having issues with the network settings, it can cause error message to appear wherein the URL address cannot be reached. To fix this, you may need to reset network settings from the command prompt.

To do this:

  1. At the search bar located the lower left, type ‘Command Prompt”
  2. Right click on command prompt result and click Run as Administrator from the drop down menu.
  3. At Command prompt window, type the following commands and press Enter after each command.
  4. Type ipconfig/release and press Enter .
  5. Type ipconfig/all and press Enter.
  6. Type ipconfig/flushdns and press the Enter key.
  7. Type ipconfig/renew and press the Enter key.
  8. Type netsh int ip set dns and press the Enter key.
  9. Type netsh winsock reset and press the Enter key.
  10. Type ipconfig/renew and press the Enter key.
  11. Restart computer.

Once computer completely reboots, check if ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error in Google Chrome on Windows 10 still occurs.

Solution 7: Reset TCP/IP

TCP/IP is a internet protocol component that is needed for users to be able to make a connection with the internet. However when TCP/IP gets corrupted it can cause error to appear thereby users are unable to load a webpage. Try to reset the TCP/IP of your computer to help fix the issue.

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type “cmd” then simultaneously press “Shift” + “Ctrl” + “Enter” keys to give administrative access.
  3. At Command Prompt window, type command “netsh int ip reset” and press Enter.
  4. Restart computer.

Once computer completely reboots, check if ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error in Google Chrome on Windows 10 still occurs.

After following the solutions mentioned, you will successfully fix ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE error on Windows 10. For more troubleshooting videos, feel free to visit our TheDroidGuy Youtube Channel.

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