Among all browsers, Google Chrome is the fastest. But if your connection is slow, it may have difficulties loading pages. The bottom left corner of Chrome may sometimes show a “resolving host” message when you try to open a web page. The intermittent issues have caused many users to switch to other browsers.

In this article, we will examine how to fix the problem of resolving server issues in Google Chrome!

Resolving Host Issue: What is it?

Browsing the web is easy, but what goes behind the scenes is unknown. Different files are stored on web servers, such as text, images, and videos. Web servers are virtual machines on a data server with storage.

An IP address is assigned to every website on the Internet. It will result in incorrect IP addresses.

A domain name was created to solve this problem. Domain name servers were built in the early days of the Internet so domains could be mapped to IP addresses. With this new feature, the URL in our address bar now resolves to the IP address where the files for that webpage reside.

In some cases, DNS can have difficulty resolving a query, and we see a warning message in Chrome that says ‘resolving host’.

What Is the Cause of this?

Due to the lack of official responses from Google, end-users are left to juggle this issue. Several reasons may cause the ‘resolving host’ message are two kinds of reasons – server-side problems and client-side problems.

The problem is most likely server-side when you experience the resolving host error on a specific website. Still, if you experience the error on every website, you visit. Considering what might be happening on the client-side may be slow Internet, slow DNS Server, anti-virus software, DNS cache, etc.

Chrome Fix: Resolving Host Issues

  1. Reboot Your Computer (Immediate Fix)
    Although I wouldn’t call it a fix, it can be an immediate and short-term solution to the host issue. I found rebooting the fastest fix after reading comments on the Chrome Forum. Make sure your PC is rebooted after closing all open windows and tabs. In the beginning, it will resolve the host issue, but later it might not. For permanent resolution, try the next step.
  2. Remove IPV6 from the network adapter settings.
    It is commonly known as IPv4 and is the fourth Internet Protocol version. It was launched in 1981 and is a bit outdated. Despite this, IPv6, introduced in 1995, is considered the future of the internet protocol.
    A lot of users experience resolving host errors when using IPv6. To solve this issue, disable IPv6. The following steps will help you disable IPv6 on your Windows computer.

    1. Open Run by pressing the Windows logo key and R, and type the control panel.
    2. Select Network and Internet, then select Network and Sharing Center from the Control Panel. Then click Change adapter settings. All the networks active on the computer are displayed here.
    3. Choose Properties from the context menu by right-clicking on the active network.
    4. The fourth step involves looking in the property settings and finding Internet Protocol Version 6(TCP/IPv6). Check it by default and uncheck it by clicking on the box. Save the changes by clicking OK.
    5. The next step is to restart your computer. If the server issue has been resolved in Chrome, the next step is to restart your computer.
  3. Disable any anti-virus software you may have, such as Malwarebytes or McAfee
    While most users with host issues could resolve them with the above fix, a few had their issue return after a day or two. In case this has happened to you already. Please try this next fix.
    Most Windows PC users use antivirus software. Malwarebytes, Avast, etc., are among the most popular. Try disabling any such antivirus program you have, especially Malwarebytes. Upon being questioned in their forum, the Malwarebytes team has publicly acknowledged that an issue between them and Chrome is causing the issue. Thousands of users have been able to solve their issues by just following this fix.
  4. Remove DNS cache from Google Chrome.
    Every day we use Google Chrome, and we continue to do so until we face an error. Do you know that Chrome caches DNS information if you’ve been using it for a while? You can build up a considerable cache size on your browser after years of not clearing the DNS cache.
    Consequently, host errors can be resolved. There have been a lot of comments stating that clearing the DNS cache in Chrome solved the problem. The process is simple.
    Then, simply type chrome://net-internals/#dns into your address bar. This will bring you to the below page. On this page, you can clear the host cache. By tapping it, all DNS cache in Chrome will be deleted.
  5. Switch DNS servers
    It means Chrome takes a long time to load web pages because of the resolving host error. DNS servers may be slow to respond to this problem. Users often rely on their Internet service provider’s DNS servers. Most of their users are unaware they can change DNS servers to Google or Cloudflare. Simply follow the instructions below to switch DNS servers.

When using Windows

  1. Activate Run by pressing the Windows Logo Key and R. Select Control Panel from the list.
  2. The second step is to select Network and Internet in the Control Panel and then Network and Sharing Center. Choose Change adapter settings on the left. Your active networks will now be displayed.
  3. Right-click the connected network and select it. Click the Properties button.
  4. Multiple items can be seen in the properties of a connected network. Find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) by scrolling down. IPV6 may cause issues, so I recommend only using IPV4.
  5. Once you have selected IPv4, click on Properties. Enter your DNS server address now. In this section, you need to enter your preferred and alternative DNS servers.

In the preferred DNS server field, enter 1.1.1.1 and in the alternate DNS server field, enter 1.0.0.1. The DNS server will be changed to Cloudflare. Google DNS Server can be used by entering 8.8.8.8 as the preferred and 8.8.4.4 as the alternate DNS server.

Using a Mac

  1. Go to the Network settings in your Mac’s System Preferences.
  2. Now, you will want to go to the Advanced settings.
  3. Navigate to the DNS section in Advanced Settings.
  4. The default DNS servers of your ISP can be found here.

The next step is to enter a new DNS server IP address by tapping the + icon. You should add 8.8.8.8 first, then 8.8.4.4. By doing so, your DNS server will switch to Google Public DNS.

Conclusion

Windows users frequently encounter Chrome’s resolving host issues. Try the fixes I provided above to resolve the issue. Rebooting will fix the issue immediately. Many users were able to resolve the problem by turning off IPv6 in their network adapter settings.

Malwarebytes or other similar antivirus software should also be disabled to resolve Chrome issues. Another option is to clear Chrome’s DNS cache. Last but not least, everyone should update DNS Server to Google or Cloudflare regardless of whether they are experiencing this issue. Hopefully, this will help you resolve the resolving host error in Chrome.

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