Every internet user who has Google Chrome installed on their device has experienced the computer problem, which states ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED. The displayed message also says A network change was detected and prevents you from accessing the Internet. However, it is very easy to fix this problem and since it prevents you from accessing the Internet, it’s crucial to know how to properly fix it before you get strangled in an unwelcoming situation.
- 1 Check your PC for malware
- 2 Try accessing an alternative browser
- 3 Update all the drivers
- 4 Remove or reinstall your VPN software
- 5 Reinstall Google Chrome
- 6 Restart your modem
- 7 Flush the DNS settings
- 8 Reset IP/TCP
- 9 Use Google’s Public DNS
- 10 Clear browsing data in Chrome
- 11 Disable prediction services in Chrome
- 12 Use either Ethernet or Wi-Fi on a single device
- 13 Don’t use Google’s IPv6 DNS
- 14 Conclusion
Check your PC for malware
If you’re getting A network change detected error, the first thing that you should try is checking your PC for malware. It might be related to malware infection, and to fix the issue, you need to perform a full system scan using an antivirus tool that is installed on your device.
Try accessing an alternative browser
If the first fix didn’t solve the problem, you can try accessing another browser. But it will work only if the connection error persists with Chrome as many times, the problem might be in the browser itself.
Update all the drivers
You can also try to update all drivers to solve this problem if this issue appears in other browsers as well. Keep in mind that outdated drivers are the root cause of many recurring problems most of the time. You can either manually update the drivers or use an online tool that will do the work for you.
Remove or reinstall your VPN software
Although VPN software is great to protect your privacy online, sometimes it can be a trouble for you. VPN software can interfere with Google Chrome and cause this error, which you can remove by uninstalling or removing the current VPN.
Reinstall Google Chrome
The next solution to remove the network change error is to reinstall Google Chrome. First of all, uninstall it and then install it again and check if the issue still appears.
Restart your modem
If all the aforementioned fixes didn’t work try to restart your modem. Sometimes your modem or computer configuration might not be correct, and restarting the modem might fix the problem, which prevents you from accessing the Internet through Google Chrome.
To restart your modem, press the power button on your modem and wait for 30 seconds to turn it back on again. After that, check if the issue is resolved or not.
Flush the DNS settings
To flush the DNS settings, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X simultaneously to open Power User Menu and select Command Prompt from the list.
- Enter ipconfig /flushdns after the Command Prompt opens, and press Enter.
- After you get the message that the DNS was flushed, you need to close Command Prompt, and that’s it.
- First of all, open Command Prompt as administrator and enter the following line:
netsh int ip set DNS
netsh winsock reset
- After that, close Command Prompt and check if the issue has been resolved.
Use Google’s Public DNS
- Press Windows Key + X simultaneously, select Network Connections, and then select Change adapter options.
- When the Network Connections window opens, locate your current connection. After that, right-click it and choose Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button.
- Select Use the following DNS server addresses option and enter the following values and click OK to save changes:
Preferred DNS server: 22.214.171.124 Alternate DNS server: 126.96.36.199
This solution works fine if the default DNS server is causing the network change.
Clear browsing data in Chrome
- Click the menu icon in the top right corner and choose Settings.
- Your connection was interrupted a network change was detected
- Click Advanced.
- Go to the Privacy section and click the Clear browsing data button.
- Set Time range to All time and check all options. Now click the Clear data button.
- Disable Energy Efficient Ethernet feature
- Open Device Manager and locate your network adapter on the list.
- Double-click it and navigate to the Advanced tab.
- Select Energy Efficient Ethernet and set it to Disabled.
- Click OK to save changes and check if the problem is resolved.
Disable prediction services in Chrome
- Open Google Chrome, go to the Settings page, and click on Advanced.
- You will see two Use a prediction service options that you need to disable.
- Although disabling the features might lead to certain websites loading slower, it might help to solve the problem.
Use either Ethernet or Wi-Fi on a single device
The network change detected error can also appear if you are using both Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections on your PC at the same time. All you need to do is simply disable one network on your PC as it is advised to use just Wi-Fi or Ethernet, and the problem should be resolved.
Don’t use Google’s IPv6 DNS
- First of all, select Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP /IPv6) and click on Properties.
- When the Properties window opens, select Obtain DNS server address automatically.
- Now, click OK to save changes, and the issue should be resolved.
We hope that you have found our article interesting that has helped you to solve the problem. If the problem persists, consider changing your browser, as it will surely help you out.