The computer is saying I’m connected to the internet, but only Google.com is working on both IE and Chrome. On other websites I’m getting the message ‘This page can’t be displayed”.
If you’re limited to google search site only, check out some of the fixes below.
First, try opening pages in another web browser to check if it’s a browser-specific issue. There are plenty to choose from, and the Opera browser is one of the best.
This browser incorporates a built-in VPN, ad-blocker, and other anti-tracking measures as well as a Crypto Wallet, Workspaces to group tabs together and so much more.
Once you activate and use the built-in VPN, you might find that all websites are loading. This probably means that your normal IP address got somehow temporarily banned.
Make the switch to Opera now, and enjoy free browsing behind the built-in, free VPN service.
What can I do if only Google sites work?
1. Change the DNS Settings
- Press the Windows key + X and select Run.
- Enter the following command in Run’s text box and click OK to open the Network and Sharing Center:
control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
- Click Change adapter settings to open the connections in the Control Panel as below.
- Right-click the network connection and select Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) on the Networking tab.
- Then click the Properties button, which will open the window in the snapshot directly below.
- Select the Use the following DNS server addresses radio button.
- Enter 220.127.116.11 in the Preferred DNS server box.
- Then input 18.104.22.168 in the Alternative DNS server box as below.
- Click the OK button.
A lot of users have fixed the error by changing their DNS to Google DNS so give it a shot by following the steps above.
2. Restore the Windows Firewall to default
- Open the search utility by pressing the Windows key + S hotkey.
- Enter Windows Defender Firewall as the search keyword.
- Click on Windows Defender Firewall to open that Control Panel applet.
- Click Restore defaults to open the button below.
- Then click the Restore defaults button.
- Note that some apps might stop working after restoring the firewall to default. So, it might be worth setting up a System Restore point before restoring the firewall to default just in case.
Windows Defender Firewall can be blocking the websites that you are trying to access so restoring it to the default settings might fix the issue for some users.
3. Reboot the router
Rebooting the router is another potential solution. Unplug the router from power for at least 10 seconds and plug it back in. Wait for it to reboot (it usually takes about 30 seconds)
This post was written by Matthew Adams and was first posted to WindowsReport
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