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Fixed: Err_Connection_Refused Error in Windows 7

Most of the Google Chrome users would have come across the ‘Err_Connection_Refused’ error while they browse. This is a common error that occurs when the Internet connection fails. To fix this error, refer to the troubleshooting steps given before.


Solution 1: Changing the Proxy Settings

  1. On your Windows computer, click the Start menu and type ‘control panel’ in the search panel.
  2. Press Enter and give a double-click on the Control Panel app from the search result.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click on Internet Options.
  4. Click the Connections tab and navigate to the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings section.
  5. Click the LAN settings button and uncheck the Automatically detect settings and Use automatic configuration port checkboxes.
  6. Under Proxy server, deselect the Use a proxy server for your LAN checkbox and click the OK button.
  7. After changing the proxy settings, restart your computer and check if the Err_Connection_Refused problem has been resolved.

Solution 2: Resetting the Network Settings with CMD

  1. Click the Start menu available at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Type ‘cmd’ in the search panel and hit the Enter key.
  3. From the search result, give a right-click on the Command Prompt app and select the Run as administrator option. 
  4. In the Command Prompt window, type ‘ipconfig /release’ and press the Enter key.
  5. Type ‘ipconfig /all’ and hit the Enter button.
  6. Type ‘ipconfig /flushdns’ and press Enter.
  7. Type ‘ipconfig /renew’ in the Command Prompt window and hit the Enter key.
  8. This will reset the network settings and fix the ‘Err_Connection_Refused’ error.

Solution 3: Clear Browser cache & Change the DNS

  1. Open a new tab on your browser and press the Ctrl + Shift + Delete shortcut keys to open the Clear browsing data window.
  2. Select all the checkboxes and click the Clear browsing data button to clear the cache data on your Chrome browser.
  3. Next, click the Start menu and type ‘network’ in the search panel.
  4. Press the Enter key and give a double-click on the Network and Sharing Center tab from the search result.
  5. Navigate to the left-side panel and click on Change adapter settings.
  6. Give a right-click on the network adapter icon and select the Properties option from the pop-up menu.
  7. Give a double-click on the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option or select it and click the Properties button.
  8. Click the General tab and enable the Use the following DNS server address radio button.
  9. Enter ‘’ in the Preferred DNS server field and enter ‘’ in the Alternate DNS server field.
  10. Click OK and restart your computer.
  11. After restarting your Windows 7 computer, launch the browser and check if the Err_Connection_Refused problem has been resolved.