9 Steps To Take When Some Sites Do Not Open In Your Browser

This is a short but very effective tutorial on 9 steps to take when some sites do not open in your browser. Have you ever experienced situations where you open a particular website, you get the Site Unreachable error, even though you are pretty sure the site is up for everyone else? And then you go check out Google.com, only to find out that its loading perfectly fine, you become sure that the problem is on your end and there’s nothing you can do.

Well that’s not true, you can try out a few steps given below which will restore your internet connection fully almost 90% of the time, before you think of calling your Internet Service Provider.

Step 1: Just to make sure, only you are getting the site down error, visit downorjustforme.com and type in the site url. If it is up for everyone else then it is confirmed that the problem exists on your end only.

Steps to take when some sites do not open in your browser - check if it is down

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Step 2: Every time you visit a website, the site stores some cookies on your computer and the browser caches your webpage for faster loading the next time you wish to visit the same site again. After many days the browser caches grow up in memory and ultimately something breaks so you get site down errors. The solution is to clear out all your cookies and browser caches and restart the browser again.

Steps to take when some sites do not open in your browser - clear browser cache

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Step 3: Your firewall might be blocking the specific site you wish to open because it considers it dangerous. But if you are sure that the site is a legitimate one, try disabling the firewall or any other antivirus program you are running and accessing the website again.

Step 4: Just like browser caches DNS caches will be created to speed up loading of a particular website and to generate less number of requests. By time these DNS caches get jumbled up too, it results to website 404 errors. The solution is to open command prompt from the start menu and run this command:

ipconfig /flushdns

Steps to take when some sites do not open in your browser - flush dns

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Step 5: Your Windows Hosts file is causing the problems. Sometimes computer viruses can change your hosts file and make a particular web address point to an invalid domain, to make sure that is not the case open up your hosts file which is located in C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc folder with a notepad. Erase all other entries except the first one, and save it. So the only thing that should show up in the hosts file is this line: localhost

Steps to take when some sites do not open in your browser - check hosts file

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Step 6: Sometimes your DNS server has problems with some domain names. Check to see if you can access a site with its IP address. For e.g. go to who.is and do a who.is search for microsoft.com. Copy its IP address, in this case and paste in your browser’s address bar and hit enter.

Steps to take when some sites do not open in your browser - do a who is lookup

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Step 7: By this time, i am pretty sure that your DNS Server has an issue. Just to make sure that is the case, try a ping test from the CMD. Open Command prompt and type in the url of the site such as:

ping www.microsoft.com

If the ping is successful then its your DNS issue. The solution is to change your DNS to Google’s Public DNS or OpenDNS in the Internet Settings.

Open Network and Sharing Center.

Click on Change adapter settings in the left sidebar.

Right click on Local Area Connection and click on Properties.

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 and then click Properties.

In the General tab, choose Obtain an IP address automatically in the first box and in the second box choose Use the following DNS server addresses and enter these values:

Preferred DNS server:

Alternate DNS server:

Steps to take when some sites do not open in your browser - use google dns

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Step 8: Sometimes your router stops responding or after installation of some new software on your computer your network drivers malfunction. To eliminate these problems a quick restart should immediately resolve the problem. Restart both your computer and router and see if it works.

Step 9: Even after you have followed every step mentioned above to the word, you have failed to restore your internet connection, its time to call your Internet Service Provider as he’s the only godsend who can help you right now!

Did you solve your internet connection problem by following this tutorial about the steps to take when some sites do not open in your browser? Please comment and share your issues with us, i will try to help as much as i can. Thank You.

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  1. Dipesh Reply

    Thanks a lot… the 6th step worked for me… :)

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