Google Chrome is the most popular and widely used browser nowadays. Considered to be the most user-friendly browser and is known for its speed and faster web browsing experience. Although Google Chrome is a stable browser, there are instances when errors can occur when trying to access websites using the browser. Users are getting the error message ” This webpage was blocked by an extension (ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT)” or “Failed to load resource ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT)” but not just on Windows 10 versions but also with Windows 7 and 8 versions and some older Chrome versions as well. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series, we will talk about the recommended troubleshooting solutions that you can try to fix ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT error on Google Chrome in Windows 10.
What to do if ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT error occurs
Why does error message ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT appears? There are common culprit that can cause this error to appear such as an outdated Google browser, issues with Chrome extensions, to issues with Ad Blocker extension. If you are getting ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT error when trying to access a website on Chrome, try the following solutions below to fix it.
Solution 1: Clear Browser cache
If you are unable to access a webpage but instead gets ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT error, try to clear browser data cache. Most of the time, clearing browser cache might somehow help in fixing issues relating to Chrome browsers. If there are more data stored on browser’s cache it can lead to a slower browsing or users will be unable to access a webpage
To do this:
- Open Google chrome
- Click on the 3 vertical dots located at the upper right.
- Click More tools from the drop down
- Click Clear browsing data from the drop down, a new window opens.
- At new window, you can choose the Time range from when computer started to experience the error. Or you can choose ALL time option.
- Make sure all options below time range are checked
- Click Clear data to start clearing browser cache. wait for it to complete.
- Restart computer.
Once computer completely reboots, relaunch Chrome again and then check if ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT error in Windows 10 still occurs.
Solution 2: Reset Chrome flag Configurations
There are instances with Chrome Flag configurations can cause error messages to appear such as ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT when trying to access a webpage on Chrome. To fix this, you may need to reset flag configurations to refresh it.
To do this:
- Open a new tab on Chrome.
- Type the following on the address bar: Chrome://Flags
- Click Reset all tab.
- Click Relaunch to confirm changes made.
After Chrome restarts, check if ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT error in Windows 10 still occurs.
Solution 3: Disable Chrome Extension
There are cases when error message ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT occurs because of unnecessary browser extensions installed on Chrome browsers specifically the adblock extension. The extensions may have been corrupted or interferes with the browser to connect to the webpage you are trying to access thus blocking access. To fix this, try to disable extensions one by one to check which browser extension is the culprit.
To do this:
- Open Google browser.
- Click the three vertical dots located at the upper right corner.
- Click More Tools from drop down menu.
- Select Extensions at the drop down menu. A list of extensions will appear, make sure to disable all enabled extensions one by one by ticking the slider.
- Close Chrome.
Relaunch Chrome again and then check if error message ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT in Windows 10 still occurs.
Solution 4: Open the webpage in Incognito Mode
In Incognito Mode, browsing activity will not be saved on Chrome. This means that the activity you do while on Incognito mode will not show on Chrome Browser history. If you are getting error message ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT while on a regular chrome tab, try to open the website and then check if the error will be fixed.
To do this:
- Launch Google browser.
- Click on the three vertical dots located at the top right corner of Chrome .
- Click New Incognito window from drop down.
On Incognito mode, open the same website again that users experienced error ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT and then check if the error still appears.
Solution 5: Update Chrome (If applicable)
If none of the above mentioned solutions did not fix error ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT, you may need to Update browser. An outdated versions of the browser can cause issues when accessing a website. Therefore it is recommended to regularly check for the latest updates and install them if there are any.
To do this:
- Open Chrome.
- Click on three vertical dots located at the upper right corner. Alternatively, at the address bar of chrome browser, type the following and press Enter “chrome://help”. This step also updates the chrome browser automatically.
- Choose Help from the drop down menu.
- Choose About Google Chrome from the drop down menu.
- At new Window, Chrome will automatically check for updates.
- After chrome finished checking for update and is up to date, Close the browser.
Open the same website again that users experienced error ERR_BLOCKED_BY_CLIENT and then check if the error still appears.