In a digital world hooked on instant gratification, one of the last things you want lớn experience when browsing is an error message, such as ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED. This can be incredibly frustrating, và may even be a sign that something serious has gone wrong.

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For average users, the really confusing errors are the ones where it can sometimes hard to lớn distinguish between a problem with your WordPress site & something else, such as a networking or browser issue.

The “ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED” message is an especially comtháng and usually non-WordPress site related error message you’ll sometimes see in Chrome. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy khổng lồ pinpoint the cause of this problem. In this post, we’ll explain what the message means and how to fix it. Typically this involves the following steps:

Cheông xã to see whether the page itself has gone down.Restart your router.Clear your browser’s cađậy.Assess your proxy settings & adjust them as needed.Temporarily disable antivi khuẩn and firewall software.Flush your DNS cabít.Change your DNS address.Disable any outdated Chrome extensions.Reinstall your Chrome browser.

But first, let’s take a deeper look into lớn what this error actually means.

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Unfortunately, encountering errors comes hand-in-hvà with using the internet. There are hundreds of possibilities, from the Trắng screen of death to the classic 404 error , the ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT error or the ERR_CACHE_MISS. Trust us, our tư vấn team deals with all sorts of WordPress errors on a daily basis. So this is nothing new for us.

Google Chrome

In Google Chrome users may also be familiar with the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED page. You will see a message saying:

This site can’t be reached or This webpage is not available.


Clear browsing data

An alternative sầu method of completing this process is to enter the following URL into lớn your address bar:

chrome://settings/clearBrowserDataThe resulting screen should grant you access lớn the same options we’ve outlined above sầu. Here are some other helpful links for clearing cache.

4. Assess Your Proxy Settings and Adjust Them as Needed

With security threats consistently on the rise, it’s no wonder that many people are now using individual solutions khổng lồ protect their sensitive data. A popular way of doing this is through the use of proxy servers.

A proxy lets you go online under a different IPhường address, & acts as an intermediary between your browser và the websites you visit. As well as keeping your IP address private, it can also help khổng lồ filter cabịt data and VPS communications.

Just as with caching, a proxy server can be useful, but it can also cause the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED message. For example, a website hệ thống might reject the IP.. address attached khổng lồ a proxy hệ thống, và then reject the actual connection as a result.

It’s also possible that the proxy is offline, or incorrectly configured. In short, if the error message in question occurs, it’s worth checking out your proxy settings.

Chrome actually has its own proxy section, which can make this step a particularly simple process. After all, you won’t need to lớn spend any time searching for the correct tools in your browser.

To get started, access the Settings menu in your Chrome browser. This will open up the complete thực đơn of options. Under the System section (you’ll need lớn cliông chồng Advanced at the bottom to see this), you should find an entry titled xuất hiện proxy settings. By selecting it, you’ll be taken lớn the corresponding menu:


Commvà Prompt in Windows

In the commvà prompt run the following command:

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /flushdns

You will then see a confirmation that it has successfully flushed the DNS resolver cađậy.


Flushed DNS resolver cache

For the purposes of this article, we’ll talk you through the process when you’re using a Mac – although you’ll be able lớn find numerous helpful resources online if you’re a Windows người.


On a Mac, you’ll need to lớn vì the following:

Cliông chồng “Go” up in the toolbar and then “Utilities.” (Shift-Command-U)


Mac utilities

mở cửa the Terminal.


Mac terminal

Run the following comm&. You will need administrator access khổng lồ vày this.

suvì chưng killall -HUP.. mDNSResponder && emang đến macOS DNS Cabịt Reset

Clear DNS cache Mac

When you’ve sầu done that, try accessing the problem site again. Hopefully, if you’ve followed all of our advice, it should be working by now. If not, your DNS may require some more attention.

7. Change Your DNS Address

As we discussed above, an outdated DNS cabịt entry is a potential source of issues like the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED message. However, the DNS address itself can also be responsible for these kinds of problems. This is because it can often become overloaded, or even go completely offline.

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In the majority of cases, your DNS VPS address is automatically obtained from your internet provider. However, you can also change it if required. How you’ll vày this will again depover on the operating system you’re using.

Let’s explore how Mac users can complete this process. First, you’ll need lớn open up System Preferences. On the resulting screen, select the option marked Network. You’ll then need to cliông chồng on Advanced:


Mac network advanced

From there, select the DNS option found at the top of the screen. To add a new DNS hệ thống, cliông chồng on the + button. To edit an existing DNS server instead, double-click on the DNS IPhường. address you wish to lớn adjust:


Network DNS

You can try temporarily changing these lớn a public DNS VPS, such as Google or Cloudflare.

Tip: If you’re already using a không tính phí DNS hệ thống và having issues, removing it và defaulting back lớn your ISP’s DNS servers also sometimes fix things. Google and Cloudflare aren’t perfect 100% of the time and there have sầu been a few instances where we’ve sầu noticed switching bachồng has resolved the issue.

You can then attempt to lớn access the site again – & cross your fingers.

8. Disable Any Chrome Extensions

There’s no denying that installing extensions often contributes lớn a more well-rounded Google Chrome experience. The many extensions on offer can add key features, and even help to automate complex processes.

However, a large number of the extensions available for Google Chrome are not developed by the browser’s developers. Instead, they’re usually created by third parties. This can mean there’s no real guarantee they’ll work as you intended, or that they will be correctly updated over time.

Incorrect or outdated extensions are likely lớn cause numerous issues – including the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error message. For this reason, it’s important to regularly audit the extensions that are attached lớn your browser.

To vì chưng that, first open the Extensions thực đơn in your Chrome browser. You can then begin lớn assess each of your installed extensions in turn. Start by questioning whether you actually need each one. If an extension is no longer necessary, you can simply remove sầu it.

Next, find out when each extension that you want to keep was last updated. Ideally, it should have sầu been updated within the last three months. Anything longer than that could be a sign that the extension is being neglected by its developers. If possible, you’ll want lớn remove sầu those extensions and replace them with newer alternatives.

Of course, new (và fully updated) extensions can still sometimes cause problems. If you suspect that this is the case, begin by disabling all of your attached extensions. If the site you’ve been trying to access loads after doing this, you’ll know that at least one of them is at fault. You can then reactivate one extension at a time, until you’ve honed in on the problem software.

9. Reinstall the Chrome Browser

As with any other application, Chrome itself is never going to be completely bug-không tính tiền. Your installation of the browser can contain various issues, especially if it hasn’t been updated in a while. What’s more, problems between your browser and operating system are surprisingly common.

As a result, sometimes the only solution is lớn completely reinstall Chrome. You can vì chưng this by removing the current installation from your device. You can then download the most recent version of the browser by visiting the official Chrome website.

What to lớn Do If None of These Solutions Work

If none of the solutions we’ve walked you through fixes the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED message, it’s usually a sign that something more serious has gone wrong on the server-side (in other words, with the trang web itself).

Unfortunately, in this scenario, the only thing you can vì chưng is be patient. It’s likely that the website’s owners are working hard lớn resolve sầu any issues, và it will resume business as usual before too long.

With expert know-how và fast feedback, our support team will never let an error stand in the way of your trang web và its visitors. Try for Free.

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If accessing the site is a matter of urgency, you could try reaching out to its owners directly. There are numerous ways lớn vị this, although social media and email are particularly effective sầu – và unlikely to be affected by any website downtime.

Explain the problem you’re facing, & mention that you’ve sầu tried several solutions to lớn no avail. Hopefully, the team behind the website should get bachồng to you & discuss the best course of action. You may even be doing them a favor, if you happen khổng lồ make them aware of an issue they didn’t know was preventing access khổng lồ their site.

If you’re a client and it’s your own WordPress site that is having the issues, feel không tính tiền khổng lồ reach out to lớn our support team. We are here to lớn help 24/7.Browser errors are never fun.