The internet has now become an absolute in this connected world that we live in today: it is said that now that every computer is now connected to every other computer that exists on this world, and even to phones, tablets, even some obscure IoT devices.
Cloud computing and storage, on which we depend on so much these days, are all dependent on the internet for their proper functioning. Indeed, we have become so dependent on the internet now that these days we cannot possibly go about our normal lives without it – we all know how it feels when the internet at our place is cut off for some reason.
Job seeking, meetings, conferences, video and even audio calls, computing, research, transportation, security and just about any other domain that you can think of now relies on the internet directly or indirectly in some way or the other.
All these extensive applications of the internet has increased the structural complexity of the same manifold, and it keeps on increasing as more complex projects become linked to the internet. The web-based applications that we are familiar with today have a much higher level of complexity as compared to the simple text and image-based web-pages that we had grown up within the early days of the internet.
However, such complex structures imply that there are now a lot more things that could go wrong with the internet and its components. A common error which we face these days is the ‘ERR-CONNECTION_RESET’ error. This error is extremely disruptive and may impede our abilities to access either a single web-page or the internet in general, depending on where the problem stems from.
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How to Fix ERR_CONNECTION_RESET Error In Google Chrome
However, the problem is not unsolvable: it can be fixed quite easily provided you follow a few steps. Before that, however, we might want to know a bit more about this ubiquitous error that we encounter so frequently.
The meaning of ‘ERR_CONNECTION_RESET”
If you encounter this error message when attempting to access a website, it simply means that the connection could not be made correctly. As such, the connection between your computer and the server gets “reset”. The error is very common in all browsers, particularly in the Google Chrome browser. Other browsers have separate error codes for the same sort of error.
The main problem that this sort of error message comes with is that we cannot tell for sure if the underlying problem is originating from the client (i.e. the computer that we are using to establish a connection to the internet), the server, or the network across which we are trying to communicate.
The error is generated when the browser receives a connection termination packet (FIN, or finish packet) from the server we send a connection request to instead of a normal reply message that we would expect from it. The FIN packet is used by the TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) to close the connection to a client.
How do you fix it ERR_CONNECTION_RESET
Since the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET is a rather ambiguous kind of error that can have many different causes, and thus there is no one general solution that would work for you. Hence, in case you encounter such an error, there are many different solutions that you should attempt until one works. Of course, the first would be to refresh the page; in case that does not work for you, you may move to the solutions that are given below:
Solution 1: Check the website and your browser, and your system.
Before you try to fix anything on your browser, you must check if the website itself is functional or not. If you can browse without any issues to other sites, then chances are that the problem exists solely with the server that is hosting the website that you are attempting to access. Also, should try using a different web-browser to ascertain that the problem indeed lies with the host server and not your browser, as often browsers may refuse connections to a few websites.
For example, you could try opening the web-page on a browser like Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox instead of Chrome to check and see if the web-page opens in it. If not, and if all other websites are functioning normally on your browser, then the error stems from the website host.
In that case, you may contact the website operator to inform them of the problem. Also, chances are that they are already aware of this issue and you can obtain information about when the web-page would return to a normal state of functioning.
Solution 2: Check and reconfigure the proxy settings on your browser
A proxy connection setting on your browser refusing connections on your browser is a very common reason for the occurrence of the “ERR_CONNECTION_RESET” error. Such proxy connections may be configured without your knowing by certain plug-ins and extensions on your browsers, such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), that you may have added to your browser.
A simple way to solve the problem would be to deactivate the Proxy connection configured on your browser.
- Go to the Control Panel.
- Click on Internet Options (Ensure that you are in the ‘Classic’ icon view within the Control Panel, and not the ‘Categorized’ view, or else you would not see the option).
- Once the Internet Properties dialogue box opens before you, click on the Connections tab.
- Click on the LAN settings button located at the bottom right corner of the dialogue box.
- Make sure that the checkbox for the option “Use a proxy server for your LAN” is unchecked.
- Save any changes that you made and exit.
If a proxy server was enabled, then this should fix the issue that you were facing. If not, other methods such as clearing the browser cache and clearing WinSock catalogue entries may work for you. If nothing else works, try restarting your router and temporarily disabling your firewall and antivirus. If that does not work either, you may have to contact your ISP as the issues may reside on the network.
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Thus this were a few ways to fix the ERR_CONNECTION_RESET error on your browser. We hope that this comes of some use to you in solving the problems that you may face on your browser.
Thank you for reading; have a nice day.