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Last Updated on February 15, 2018 by Learn Digital Marketing

What does Resolving Host means in Google Chrome

How to Fix this Problem?

Is your browser window showing the “Unable to Connect to the Internet” or it is rendering the webpage improperly?

If it is happening to particular website URLs and you can see the words – Resolving Host, then read on to know what the issue is, why the problem occurs and how to fix it.

As you can see, my system is connected to the internet properly but still showing the Resolving Host Issue –

what does resolving host mean

Sometimes, the page loads but not in the way it should, leaving cluttered page with a bad view.

Before resolving the issue, know why this problem occurs –

Why the Google Chrome shows Resolving Host Message?

This problem persists with some particular website addresses while other websites load properly so the Internet connection cannot be blamed for the issue. Here is the root cause of this delay –

The IP addresses are resolved by the DNS server from the domain name you have entered as it is not practical to remember all IP addresses like 255:255:255:0.

If you have changed your ISP (Internet service Provider) or your ISP has changed the DNS settings, the DNS servers configured by the ISP will take longer time in resolving the IP address of the domain name you have entered. This will lead to a significant delay.

Alternatively, if DNS cache of your browser is old and the site is moved, the Google Chrome Browser will get confused and it will take some time to find the correct address.

In either case, the delay and recurring error messages may appear. If it is not acceptable to you (just like me) then follow the instructions for any of the methods discussed below.

How to Fix this Issue?

The solution varies with the causes so some method might flawlessly work for you while other can solve someone else’s issue. Try and find your solution quickly –

Solution 1 – Flush the DNS Cache with a .bat File

  • Copy these lines to a notepad file –

 @Echo on
attrib -h -s -r hosts
echo localhost>HOSTS
attrib +r +h +s hosts
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns
netsh winsock reset all
netsh int ip reset all
shutdown -r -t 1
del %0

 Save this file as bat on the desktop of your Windows PC.

  • Now right click on the file and click on Run as Administrator.

The system will reboot itself and the problem will be fixed. You may need to repeat the same thing in some months as the cache can problem again.

Solution 2 – Change your current DNS with the public DNS

This is the straightest way of resolving the Resolving Host problem is changing the DNS servers in your network. See how to do it –

  • Begin with opening the Properties of your Connection.
  • Once opened, you will see a window, similar to the first small window of the screenshot. Click on the
  • A new window will open up, Go to the Networking tab and select the IPv4 and forward by clicking on Properties
  • Now change the values of the DNS servers to the values, visible in the screenshot (Window 3)

chrome resolving host

Note: These instructions are for the IPV4, if you are using IPv6, follow the same steps and select IPV6 instead of IPV4. Also, set the preferred DNS server to 2001:4860:4860::8888 and alternate DNS server as 2001:4860:4860::8844.

Once everything is done, close & open the Google Chrome again. You will experience that the websites are loading fast, without any issue.

Solution 3 – Clearing DNS Cache of the Browser

The DNS caching feature of Google Chrome is to fasten the website loading. But if the website, you are trying to open, is moved to a new address – it may create a problem.

In this case, you can try clearing the browser’s cache by following these instructions so that the message “Resolving Host” does not disturb you.

  • Type chrome://net-internals and hit
  • Find the option DNS in left sidebar and click on it.
  • You will see the following screen –

chrome resolving host

  • Click on the Clear Host Cache.
  • Re-open the Chrome to enjoy quick and hassle-free loading.

Solution 4 – Clear systems Cache

The cache memory of your Windows Operation System in the laptop or PC may also cause the problem so clearing it may benefit you. Try these steps to solve the issue if this is the case –

  • Open Command Prompt – either from the Start menu or by typing cmd in the Run window, opened by pressing Windows (Key) + R.

chrome resolving host

  • Write ipconfig/flushdns and press Your cache is flushed. Now close the Command Prompt and Browser and reopen the browser again.

Solution 5 – By NOT using the predicting and thereby disabling the DNS Prefetching

If the issue still persists, you may try disabling the caching in Chrome. Use these steps for guidance –

  • Go to the Settings in Google Chrome.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and Click on Advanced Settings.
  • Uncheck the “Use the prediction service to load pages more quickly”.
  • Now restart the Google Chrome and open the problem-causing website and it will open up smoothly.

chrome resolving host

Solution 6 – Change the LAN setting

If the issue you are facing in showing proxy error then the follow the steps given as under –

  • Go to the Settings in Google Chrome.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and Click on Advanced Settings.
  • Find Network section and open the Change Proxy Settings.
  • Now follow the snapshot and click on the LAN Setting under Connections
  • Uncheck the “Automatically Detect Settings” and re-launch the Google Chrome.

chrome resolving host

Solution 7 – Modify the Hosts File in your System

Modifying the Hosts file can also solve the issue for you. The host file is checked beforehand the DNS resolution as it resides the system.

As the IP and Domain name are mapped in this file, it will be easy for the system to process the request, coming for this Domain name.

This solution is perfect for speeding the loading time of the very frequently used sites but it is difficult to follow the same process again and again for many websites.

The instructions are as follows –

  • Go to the location C:\\Windows\System32\etc
  • Find the file named Hosts and open it any text editor.
  • In the end of the file, add the IP address and Domain name of the problematic site as done in the snapshot.

chrome resolving host

Solution 8 – Restarting System or Connection if IPs are Conflicting

Your last manual option will be restarting the system and network connection if nothing seems to work for this problem. If you have set a similar IP for any other device connected to the same address, try changing the IP address of anyone and restarting your browser.

This is because- IP conflicts can slow down the websites, sometimes making them inaccessible.

Solution 9 – The very last option is: Contact the ISP

If the issue is not solved by using any of the above-stated solutions, the problem is not at the browser, system or router level.

So, prefer contacting and discussing the issue with your ISP as sites may be blocked at their end too. Additionally, they may provide you with the alternate DNS servers or change the configuration settings.

You must have found the solution for “Google Chrome Resolving Host” problem. As your problem is resolved, do not forget to tell other Windows user about the solution will work well for you as it may help others!