If you’ve encountered a problem while browsing certain websites where the sites don’t load up properly on your Chrome web browser, while at the same time you notice a “Resolving Host” message on the Status bar of your browser, it is the most likely cause for the loading problems you are facing. The Resolving Host issue arises when the DNS servers are unable to map the IP address for the domain name you entered such as http://google.com. The likely cause for this delay is due to the fact that there is a change in the Internet Service Provider (ISP), a change in the DNS settings by your ISP, or an issue with the DNS cache stored on your browser or PC. In this post we take a look at all the possible solutions for fixing the “Resolving Host” issue.
Possible Fixes for Resolving Host Issue
1. Change the DNS Settings
You can change the DNS server settings in your PC to one that is available publicly. When you choose a public DNS, take care to avoid unknown free servers and use only known, reliable server addresses to avoid security issues. One of the most commonly used IP addresses is Google’s public DNS server. On a PC running Windows 8.1, here’s how to change the DNS settings.
a. On the Notification area, right click the internet connection icon and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
b. In the Network and Sharing Center, in the Connections section, click the network link. This will display the Wi-Fi Status dialog box.
c. In the Wi-Fi Status dialog box, click Properties.
d. In the Wi-Fi Properties dialog box, scroll down and select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
e. Click Properties.
f. In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties dialog box, in the bottom section, select Use the following DNS server addresses.
g. In the Preferred DNS server field, enter 126.96.36.199.
h. In the Alternate DNS server field, enter 188.8.131.52.
i. Click OK to close the window and close all other open windows too including Google Chrome. Reopen the browser and navigate to the web page you are having trouble opening. You should be able to load the webpage quickly without the Resolving host issue.
2. Clear DNS Cache
Viewing repeated sites is usually faster because Chrome caches the DNS and maps IP addresses from the cache when you open it up. When the IP address, is for some reason changed, the DNS cache does not get updated, with the result that there is a conflict, and a delay in loading the website. You can clear your DNC cache to resolve this issue.
a. On your Chrome browser, in the Address Bar, type chrome://net-internals/#dns
b. In the Host resolver cache section, click Clear host cache.
3. Clear your PC Cache
Apart from clearing your browser DNS cache, you can also clear the DNS cache on your PC.
a. On the Windows Start screen, type cmd and select Command Prompt.
b. In the Command Prompt window, type ipconfig /flushdns.
You will see a success message indicating that the DNS cache has been cleared.
4. Update Privacy Settings
If the issue is still not resolved, update your privacy settings.
a. Open the Chrome browser and in the top right corner of the screen, click Settings.
b. In the Settings screen, scroll down and select Show Advanced Settings.
c. Go to the Privacy section and uncheck the Predict network actions to improve page load performance option.
Restart the browser and check the site if the website is loading properly.
5. Change LAN Settings
a. While you are on the Advanced Settings page above, go to the Network section and click Change proxy settings….
b. Go to the Connections tab and click LAN settings.
c. Uncheck the Automatically detect settings checkbox.
Restart your browser.
6. Restart the Modem and PC
Usually, employing one of these fixes will resolve the problem for you. If you continue to have Resolving Host issues, speak to your ISP provider and see if you can find a solution.