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How to Fix: Site can’t be reached, Server IP could not be found?

Web browsers often encounter errors, such as the site cannot being reached on your device or the IP address not being found. We can quickly solve such issues through quick fixes such as checking your internet connection, fixing network issues, checking proxy settings, changing IP and DNS settings, and Resetting IPv4 settings. 

So you finally settle down and fire up your browser to gather notes for your project, but you end up seeing the Site can’t be reached, the Server IP address could not be found, and an error on the screen instead of the webpage. Yeah, I know the feeling, as I used to get those errors all the time.

After some research, I’ve found some solutions to my specific problem. But if you have hit this page, you probably got with the problem and want to solve it permanently. Hence in this article, I’m about to provide all possible solutions that we can use to resolve the issue with the Server IP address that could not be found.

This site cant be reached - server IP address could not be found

My friend had the same problem once, but his reason was different. So this error doesn’t happen due to some specific issue but for various reasons; it can be hardware to the network. Hence, it’s wise to consider all points to rectify the issue.

Please note that there might also be an issue with the website server, which is not in our control. However, if you can access the page on other devices but not on your device, it’s a real issue.

Here we are about to break down each issue and provide the solution. These are the exact steps I have taken to resolve the error message at my end. Let’s get started —

Check for a working internet connection

The first of your network is out. You cannot access any website. Hence you’ve to make sure that you have a working internet connection. Use different browsers like Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox to check if you can access the web from them.

Also, you can use the ping command from cmd (in Windows) or terminal (in Mac or Linux), by

  1. Open cmd from the Start menu or using the Run command cmd OR, press Ctrl + r and on the dialogue box, type cmd and hit Enter.
  2. When the command prompt opens, type ping and check for results.
ping with cmd prompt

If the result shows statistics instead of an error, you have a working connection, and you can proceed with step #3, or you’ve to go through step #2 to fix network issues.

Windows Network Diagnostics

Network issues may occur due to poor configuration of network settings and Network drivers. And such network issues can give rise to Site can’t be reached, Server IP address could not be found errors.

First, run the troubleshooter available with Windows to run diagnostics and fix.

Here are the steps to troubleshoot network issues on Windows:

  1. Right-click on the ethernet or wifi symbol from the taskbar and click on Troubleshoot problems.
  2. Wait for the troubleshooter to check errors in the background and fix them for you.
windows network diagnostics

The troubleshooter will automatically apply the best network settings and make the changes. It might ask to make some adjustments if things are out of its control (something that needs administrative access).

Update Network Drivers

There could be issues with network drivers that aren’t supporting the network hardware within the computer. The best thing you can do is to update the network drivers.

Reinstall or update drivers for your Network devices by following the below steps:

  1. Open Device Manager using the Run command devmgmt.msc in the run dialogue box.
  2. Right-click on the Network adapter and click the Update driver command.
    update network driver in windows
  3. You can also use drivers provided by the manufacturer from their website—for example, Realtek or Atheros.

It will automatically look up driver and hardware changes and repairs to rectify the network issues.

Check Proxy Settings

Proxy settings, when misconfigured, will cause errors. Allowing a proxy to detect automatically will solve the problem.

Here are the steps to check the proxy setting in the Chrome browser:

  1. Click on Menu vertical 3dots icon at the top-right corner.
  2. Select the Settings menu.
  3. On the Settings page, scroll down until you see Advanced, and click to open it.
  4. Now scroll down until you see Open your computer’s proxy settings.
    open computer proxy settings in chrome
  5. Click to launch the Proxy settings within the operating system.
  6. Set the proxy setting to Automatically detect settings.
Automatic proxy setup in windows OS

It automatically chooses the best proxy setup and ensures your internet works without issues.

Change IP and DNS settings

IP and DNS are vital for connecting to the internet; hence, they must be appropriately configured. IP will be automatically obtained using the DHCP protocol. So, here we can enable DHCP to configure IP automatically.

In most cases, the options are set to default. However, you can revert the changes if you’ve made any changes or if any antivirus software has deliberately misconfigured it.

Here are the steps to change IP and DNS settings on Windows:

  1. Right-click on the network icon on the taskbar and click on Network and internet settings. OR
    You can also lookup up Network and Internet settings in Windows Search.
  2. From the Status menu, click on Change adapter settings.
  3. When the control panel is launched, right-click on the network adapter through which you’ve connected to the internet.
  4. Select the Properties sub-menu.
    Windows Network Properties
  5. From the properties tab, click on Internet protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
  6. In the properties tab, select Obtain an IP automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.
    Internet Protocol Version 4 IPv4 Properties
  7. Hit Ok to save the changes and reconnect to check if the problem persists.

Note: If your PC belongs to a private DNS service or you use proxy-based connections, you can contact your network admins to get those configuration settings.

Resetting the IPv4 settings and flushing the DNS resolver cache are the last steps that can fix all the issues within your computer.

Reset IPv4 settings

If nothing works, you can reset every setting to avoid conflicts. Using cmd, we can issue netsh commands to reset IPv4 settings.

Here are the steps to reset IPv4 settings on Windows:

  1. Launch the CMD prompt as administrator, and type netsh winsock reset and hit Enter.
    netsh winsock reset
  2. Now restart your PC.
  3. Open CMD again and type netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log and keypress Enter.
    ip4 reset in windows
  4. Again restart your PC and check if you can connect to the internet.

It will completely reset all the IP configurations and changes we made in our system to the default one for automatic resolution.

Flush DNS Cache

You can also flush the Domain Name Server (DNS) information cached on your system.

Here are the steps to flush the DNS cache on Windows:

  1. Open cmd as administrator and type ipconfig /flushdns
    flushdns ipconfig windows
  2. If everything is running right, you should get this as output — Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

Finally, check if this solves your issue and you are no longer receiving the error — The site can’t be reached; the Server IP address could not be found.

Bottom Line: Server IP could not be found

The site cannot be reached; the Server IP could not be found is a tragic error many people face daily. Such errors can drastically degrade one’s internet experience. Also, you won’t be able to do online transactions if you keep getting such errors.

And if your problem hasn’t been solved yet, then make sure you have paid for your Wi-Fi or cellular connections. Sometimes we don’t realize it, but our internet data is empty. In such cases, you are prone to encounter such error messages.

And once the error is solved, don’t do any online transactions for 2-3 hours. Monitor if everything is working fine, and if yes, you can start doing sensitive tasks such as website logins and online transactions with ease without worrying about any error codes.

Also, as mentioned, the Server IP address error could be genuine. The website is down, and the DNS resolver cannot map a domain name with an IP address. In such a case, we have no option but to wait until the website admin fixes the mapping between the domain address and the masked IP address.

F.A.Qs: Solve Server IP could not be found

Now, let us go through several frequently asked questions regarding how to fix the server IP that could not be found in case the Site cannot be reached.

How to fix the Server IP that cannot be found or the site cannot be reached?

The significant fixes you can use to solve Server IP that we could not find are: check your internet connection, fix network issues, check proxy settings, change IP and DNS settings, and Reset IPv4 settings.

How to Reset IPv4 settings and flush the DNS cache?

Launch the CMD prompt as administrator, type netsh Winsock reset, and hit the enter button. Now, restart your PC and again open CMD and type ‘netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log’ and keypress Enter. Now, restart your PC and check whether the internet is connected or not.

How do Proxy settings resolve the IP server, not a founding problem?

Open your browser, click on the three dots in the top right corner, and open Settings. Please scroll down and under the advanced section, open your computer’s proxy settings, and set it to detect settings automatically.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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29 thoughts on “How to Fix: Site can’t be reached, Server IP could not be found?”

  1. I have tried all of the recommended steps above, and all appears to be as it should.
    Still, every few days I get a message “no internet connection – IP address invalid”.
    Then I run “Troubleshoot Problems” and after a minute or two, the issue is resolved.
    The only thing not connected under “Network Connections” WI-FI is not connected. Do I need this? My system is hard wired Ethernet cable.

    Bud Laws

    1. Hi Raymond, you do not need the Wi-Fi connection since you’re using the wired Ethernet. However, the steps mentioned above need to be tried on the Ethernet connection. Check your Ethernet connection settings as mentioned. If you still face any issues, it’s better to check with your ISP. Probably it might be something to do with your ISP provider.

  2. “Obtain IP automatically” did help! Also, after this, time settings got back into the correct line, as before whenever I logged in, always had to fix it manually.

      1. guys if you get an error it’s not a connection error it’s a blocked error because server IP address happens to me all the time and it’s not a DNS error it’s one of those things where you get blocked from also see those when an ad pops up on anything and then once it doesn’t work it will show the Google ad server IP address could not be found and that’s a block don’t fall for this

  3. This was a very bizarre problem that started very suddenly and then only on selected websites. I started through the list and nothing improved until step 5. Reset IPv4 settings. I had almost given up, but hen I did this reset, everything started working again. I never would have figured this out on my own. Many, many thanks. I have saved all the steps in case this happens again.

  4. With my newly built computer I just began having this problem on sites for my state agency. Other browsers for the user have no issue. Other users on the same machine have no issue with Chrome. To resolve I must close Chrome, delete the %userprofile&\appdata\local\google folder, then open Chrome again. I must log in to my Google account again and set whatever custom settings again. I must say no to all the nuisance notification requests when browsing again. But I can fix the problem. Clearing the Chrome cache does not help. I did the above steps anyway, knowing they would not help.

    1. To fix temporarily I added lines to my hosts file for the two problem addresses at my state agency. Since this is not a permanent solution I guess I will comment out the lines each Monday and test.

    2. thank you so much this was my problem and it was the only solution that worked so bad i lost everything but at least it works again.

  5. I was first having this problem accessing some sites such as Twitter and all domains hosted on my research lab’s server. This problem only occurred in Chrome (I can access everything normally through Edge) and only in Windows (my pc has dual-boot and I can access it normally through Chrome on Linux). So the problem is in Chrome on Windows. I’ve tried to solve it in different ways. Somehow I managed to solve the problem of accessing common sites such as Twitter. But the problem persists in accessing websites hosted on my lab’s server. When I tried the last option (Reset IPv4 settings and flush DNS cache), I was able to access it normally for only 1 or 2 minutes. After that, the problem came back again. None of my many lab colleagues have faced a similar problem, it’s just me, and my chrome, and my windows. It’s not a big deal, as I can access it in other ways, but this problem really bothers me because I’m a Ph.D. in Computer Science and I still haven’t been able to solve it.

  6. I just wanna know if this “SITE_REMOVED” site is working, if yes then please tell me how I can open it because this site isn’t opening in my phone and please reply as soon as possible

  7. Hello, please can you assist me. The error message I get is

    “This site can’t be reached SITE-URL-REMOVED server IP address could not be found.

    Checking the connection

    If I use opera to browse, the website will load on my phone. However, if I use chrome, I get the above error message. However, I can open all other websites on the chrome website. Is it possible to add a metatag on the website to make it load on chrome?

  8. my internet has been disconnecting at around 5.30 every evening and as I am trying to troubleshoot I find out I cannot access my IP address. I will be calling my internet provider tomorrow but frankly I am quite worried something is compromised!

  9. It works for me directly after resetting IPv4 settings using cmd prompt. So glad to found this article. Thank you very very much…

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