The Internet, which is an immense, ever-growing part of our lives, has taken our world over just as you never thought of it. Simply put, the Internet is a collection of data from different devices that people can view in a single location. A browser helps us browse the Internet at our own discretion as the most convenient way to gather access to the Internet. The ARPANET or Advanced Research Projects Agency Network became the first workable prototype of the Internet in the late 1960s. originally financed from the United States Government.
ARPANET used the technique of packet switching in the Defence Department to allow several computers to communicate on a single network and make managing and moving of files and records easier. The World Wide Web was the first public web browser. It was constructed by Tim Berners-Lee.
Today, Google’s Chrome Browser stands out among a number of other browsers available on the market and successfully made its image as if you were thinking of a Web browser, with Chrome zips in mind. Although it is very common in the past, it also has some errors that cause both frustration and deception among users, the most common errors, or even what can be called a bug you face when you surf the Internet. But to get to overcome a problem, you must first know what it is and how is it really caused, so let us ask the most relevant and important question here,
Why Does ‘ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED Error’ Pop Up?
The ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED Error is not an error specific to the browser of google chrome which in turn means that you do face this error in a lot of other browsers too(Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox to name a few).
This error simply pops up on the screen with the message that “This Site Cannot be reached” and that the connection was suddenly closed while contacting the website in question.
But we need to run a few checks first, to make sure we know exactly where the problem lies. So, assuming that the user Is using the Microsoft Windows Operating system,
First of all, we need to check the bottom right corner of our screen, to check the adapter settings of our computer. There can be 3 responses here. There can either be a cross sign, which means that the network has been interrupted physically in between the router and the user’s PC and the port is not receiving packet impulses as it should, therefore, such an indication is given.
Or, there can be a caution sign (Yellow Inverted Triangle with a black colored exclamation mark) which indicates that the port is functional but there is an error in the packets and that they are not reaching the user properly(indicating that there are no external port errors on the user end of the network). Or, there can be a normal steady-state wherein only the signal strength is shown as a bar graph representation. We conclude that we must ensure that the network is functioning properly by checking for the steady-state of the internet from the lower right corner first.
Next, we must ensure that the same page is reachable on another browser, for this, we must copy the link that we tried to access and paste it into an alternate browser. If the alternate browser is able to access the same website, then we must understand that there is a problem specific to the browser. (i.e. Google Chrome).
Finally, we must check if we are using any proxy server or VPN and if we are, then we must turn it off and try reaching that site again via Google Chrome.
If all of the mentioned checks fail, then we must understand that there is a problem in the browser itself and nothing else.
How to Fix the ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED Error in Google Chrome
Once we have confirmed that the net connection is working, that the site is operational as it was accessible through another web browser and that there is no proxy server or VPN in use, then we have finally homed in that the problem lies with Google Chrome Browser itself.
Now, we must take the needed actions and ensure that the same website is accessible through Google Chrome, we can do the same by following any one of the five listed solutions in the article to deal with the same.
Method 1: Tweaking Internet and Chrome Settings
One of the most effective and recommended solutions for fixing the ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED error is changing your device’s Internet settings and Chrome Settings. For doing that, follow the steps given below:
STEP 1: At first, navigate to your device screen’s top right corner. STEP 2: Next, select the Menu option.
STEP 3: Next click on the More Tools option.
STEP 4: Now click on the option stating Clear Browsing Data.
STEP 5: Afterwards, click on the beginning of time option to clear all the caches, cookies, etc.
STEP 6: Now close all the tabs and restart your device. Make sure to turn off your network services.
STEP 7: Afterwards, once again navigate to the top right corner and open the menu.
STEP 8: Next, from the pop-down menu bar select the option Settings.
STEP 9: Navigate to the bottom of the page and select the option stating Show Advanced Settings.
STEP 10: Next, locate the privacy and security section.
STEP 11: Now click on the Site Settings and underneath it click on Cookies and Site Data.
STEP 12: Now you will see a list of all the remaining cookies, make sure to delete the ones behind your error.
STEP 13: At last Reboot your device again.
Method 2: Tweaking More Settings Using Command Prompt
You can use the Command prompt for implementing some commands to change the device settings. You can do that by following the steps given below:
STEP 1: At first, at the bottom of your device screen you will see a taskbar, locate the search bar in that taskbar.
STEP 2: Now, in the search bar type “Command Prompt”.
STEP 3: Afterwards right click on the Command Prompt option and select Run as administrator.
STEP 4: After opening, you will see a window, in that window type the following commands and press the Enter key after typing this command:
“netsh winsock reset” “ipconfig /release” “ipconfig /renew” “ipconfig /flushdns” “ipconfig /registerdns”
If this isn’t working for you then try to change some other settings.
STEP 1: Now, in the search bar type Network and Sharing Centre.
STEP 2: Next open the Network and Internet Settings and then click on the Change Adapter Settings option.
STEP 3: Now, right-click on the network service you are using and select the properties option
STEP 4: Afterwards, choose the Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4). STEP 5: Go to Properties again.
STEP 6: Now, scroll to the DNS settings, and there change the server address of DNS. You have to replace the Preferred DNS server to 8 8 8 8. Also replace the Alternate DNS server to 8 8 4 4. Select Validate Settings upon exit option. Press on OK.
Method 3: Scan Your Computer for Malware
Sometimes the Software that you have installed on your device might also affect your network connectivity and hence resulting in an ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED error. For fixing this you have to install a tool named Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). For doing that you simply have to follow the steps given below:
STEP 1: At first, navigate to the website “https://www.malwarebytes.com/” and download the free tool.
STEP 2: Afterwards, Run the downloaded file for starting installation.
STEP 3: Next step is to Launch the anti-virus.
STEP 4: Now navigate to the settings option and then open the Protection tab.
STEP 5: Now, select the option Scan for rootkits and then search for every reason behind your error.
STEP 6: Complete your process with a threat scan.
Method 4: Disable Antivirus/Firewall
Another method that you can try is to disable your antivirus or firewall. For doing that, follow the steps given below:
STEP 1: At first, in the taskbar click on the start menu and then open your device Settings.
STEP 2: Next select the Update and Security option.
STEP 3: Afterwards, open the Windows Defender option and then underneath it select the Real-time protection option and turn it off.
Method 5: Disable Data Saver/Lite Mode (Mobile)
This method is for users who are using Chrome on Mobile. You just have to disable the Data Saver Mode and your issue might be resolved. For doing this, follow the steps given below:
STEP 1: At first, at the top right corner of your screen open the menu bar.
STEP 2: Afterwards, select the Settings option from the pop-down menu.
STEP 3: Next navigate to the Lite Mode and click on it.
STEP 4: At last, turn off the Lite Mode option.
In Conclusion, We conclude that the error of ‘ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED’ is one that we might face frequently in our day to day lives and that we should be able to deal with this error properly. This means that we should be able to properly identify where the true error lies .i.e. with the internet connection or with a web page or with a Proxy server or VPN or with the Google Chrome Browser itself.
And once we have identified where the problem lies, we must be able to deal with it accordingly, and if the problem lies with the Google Chrome browser, then that we can use any of the five methods that we have read about today, to get rid of the error that we were facing, swiftly and efficiently.