Errors are standard daily, but errors like This Site Can’t Be Reached can be challenging to understand and solve. Because the error description is poorly written, you cannot understand your mess. Don’t worry. This blog deal with how you can fix This Site Can’t Be Reached error in step-by-step instructions in just 5 mins.
Solution 01: Restart your Router
Believe it or not, restarting the router is one of the best solutions to solving many problems on your device. If you note anything unusual, then you should restart your router. Restarting the router can also fix the This Site Can’t Be Reached Error on your browser.
Check the backside of your router and see if it has a power button; if yes, gently press it to turn off and turn it on again in a few seconds; if not, remove the power cable from the router and reconnect the cable after a few seconds.
Solution 02: Disable your Antivirus application Temporarily
All kinds of antivirus applications prevent your device from various malicious activities and give complete protection from all kinds of online threats. But your antivirus software can also block certain web pages, which are entirely safe and secure in rare cases.
One of the critical jobs of an antivirus application is to regularly check and block any suspicious activity on your device in real time. So many users have claimed that Antivirus software like Avast and AVG shows false positive report mistakenly every often and block secure web pages sometimes.
So, Go to your antivirus application, disable it temporarily, and revisit the website to see if the This Site Can’t Be Reached error has disappeared.
Suppose you are still facing the same error. In that case, your Antivirus application is not the culprit here, so enable your antivirus application again immediately without any delay so that you won’t become vulnerable to attacks.
How to Disable Windows Firewall in Windows
- Press Window Key + R on your keyboard
- Type control firewall.cpl and enter
- On the left side, menu click Turn Windows Defender Firewall On or Off
- Restart your PC
Now revisit the same problematic website to see if the error This Site Can’t Be Reached has disappeared. If you are still facing the same error, then your Antivirus or Windows firewall is not the culprit here, so without any delay, enable your Windows firewall immediately.
Solution 03: Clear Browser Cache
All browsers store a part of the information on your computer as a cache, including your browser cookies, history, and saved login data. This stored data helps the relevant web pages to load more quickly the next time you visit them.
The stored cache is helpful and saves some of your precious time but sometimes cache too cause numerous issues. Thankfully you can solve this problem quickly by just clearing your cache.
Wait here first; you need to confirm that your browser Cache is the culprit causing the This Site Can’t Be Reached error on your browser. So, follow the below steps to confirm.
Open a new tab in your browser in incognito or private mode, and try accessing the same website where you are getting the This Site Can’t Be Reached error.
If you still see the error in incognito mode, you need to clear your browser cache by following the steps below.
How to Clear Cache for Google Chrome
Open your Google Chrome browser and click the three dots icon at the top right corner of your browser. In the given list of options, select More Tools and click on Clear browsing data.
Tick the following option
- Browsing history
- Cookies and other site data
- Cache images and files
- Click clear data button
How to Clear Cache for Mozilla Firefox
To clear the cache for the Mozilla Firefox browser, you need to Open the Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Hamburger icon at the top right corner. In the given list of options, select History and then select Clear Recent History in the menu that appears next.
Select Everything in the time range to clear the drop-down option, and click the Clear Now button to clear your Mozilla Firefox browser cache data.
How to Clear Cache for Internet Explorer
To clear the browser cache for the Internet Explorer browser, click on the setting button at the top right corner. In the given list of options, select safety and delete browsing history. On the delete browsing history window, ensure you have ticked the Temporary Internet files and website files and then click the delete button at the bottom.
How to Clear Cache for Microsoft Edge
To clear the browser cache for Microsoft Edge, click on the 3 Dots icon at the top right of your browser and click on setting at the end of the screen. Go to the Privacy, search, and services tab and click the Choose what to clear button. Make sure you have ticked the Cached images and files and click the clear button.
Solution 04: Flush your DNS cache and renew your IP address
Our next possible solution to fix the This Site Can’t Be Reached error is to flush your local DNS cache and change your local IP address on the device. Ensure that your local device’s DNS points to the correct DNS server address.
To ensure your website is pointing to the correct DNS Server, you must flush your DNS cache information on your device by following the simple command below.
Flushing your DNS cache and changing your IPv4 address is very simple, and it can be done in just a min by following the below command.
- Press the Window key on your keyboard to open the search bar
- Type cmd and open the command prompt as an administrator
- Type the following command one by one
- Type ipconfig /flushdns and enter to clear the DNS cache
- Type ipconfig /renew and enter to renew the IP address for your device automatically.
Solution 05: Change DNS IP address
Most of the time, DNS servers are assigned by your ISP automatically through your router; most ISP use their DNS server on their services. It would be best if you tried to change the DNS server temporarily or permanently on your device to any other public DNS server such as Google or Cloudflare or OpenDNS etc.,
I prefer to use AdGuard DNS, which blocks ads and inappropriate content on the device. To check your DNS address, follow the below steps:
- Press Window Key + R on your Keyboard
- Type ncpa.cpl in the run command and press enter
- Go to properties of your Network Interface
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4)
- Click Properties
- In General, select using the following DNS server address
- Type your preferred Primary and Secondary DNS IP Address
- Click OK and Click Close
As I said earlier, I am using the free family protection AdGuard DNS Server IP address as 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11.
You may use your choice of public DNS Server like 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 from Google or 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 from Cloudflare etc.
I hope any of the above five solutions will help you fix the This Site Can’t Be Reached Error in the Browser.
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