Google Chrome is one of the most used modern browsers in the world thanks to its modern interface, the simplicity of use, and multiple configuration options. In some situations, when the server takes too long to respond to the requests sent, the ERR CONNECTION TIMED OUT error message is generated.

Method #1: Check Hosts File

The hosts’ file assigns hostnames to IP addresses.

Hosts file fulfills the function of directing the network nodes in a computer network, but when it is incorrectly configured, or an IP address is added as a block, the error above is generated.

To verify and check this file, access the Notepad as administrator and then go to “File > Open” menu and go to the following route:


There, select the hosts’ file and click on “Open.”

There you must validate that at the bottom, none of the known URLs is added without the sign # (when # appears in front, that doesn’t affect, since it is a comment).

If there is any known address there without # in front, proceed to delete it since this prevents the site from being reached, or it has been redirected to some IP address.

Just save the changes in “File > Save.”

Method #2: Delete Chrome Browsing History

Another frequent cause for the ERR CONNECTION TIMED OUT error is the accumulation of information that Google Chrome stores, such as cookies, thumbnails, etc., which can be little by little generate a negative impact on browser behavior.

To delete the browsing history go to and press “CTRL + H,” then click on “Clear Browsing History”:


Now, in the new windows that pops up, select the Time Range: All-Time and click on CLEAR DATA

This will clear all your browsing history, cookies, and cache that maybe are causing that error.

Method #3. Configure LAN Settings in Windows 10

A lousy setting or configuration in the parameters of the Ethernet or Wi-Fi network can be a cause of the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT because there is no optimal answer when sending network requests or because the IP address doesn’t answer appropriately.

To check your configuration, go to:

  • Control Panel
  • Network and Internet
  • Internet Options

Now go to the “Connections” tab and click on “LAN Configuration”:

In the new window, unmark all the available boxes:

Click OK to apply the changes.

Method #4: Update Network Drivers

A cause of multiple network errors is an obsolete or outdated driver because it doesn’t fully comply with the minimum network requirements required, especially when the operating system is updated.

To update the drivers, you have three options.

Option #1: Download Latest Driver from Manufacturer Website

The first is to go directly to the manufacturer website of the network card, for this, you must know what network card you have installed, and there go to the driver download section and find the latest version and proceed to download and installation.

Some standard manufacturer websites are:

Option #2: Update Old Drivers using Driver Booster

If you don’t know what your network card is or you want some easy way to update your drivers, I recommend the software Driver Booster.

Driver Booster helps you to update all your old drivers easily and without too much effort.

First, download Driver Booster from the following link. Run the installer and then open Driver Booster. Once opened, click on the big SCAN button to find old drivers.

Finally, click on the button Update Now to update all your old drivers, then only wait for the process to end.

Option #3: Update Drivers from the Device Manager

The last option to update your old network card is from the Device Manager. To open it, right-click on the Start Menu and in the contextual menu select Device Manager

In the Device Manager, find the section Network Adapters and make right-click on the current adapter, then in the contextual menu select Update driver software

Once you click on Update driver software you will see the following window:

There, you can search for the latest driver automatically online or locally once it has been downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

A recommended option is to search for the latest driver online since Windows 10 has an extensive repository of drivers, but if you have some newest driver downloaded directly from your manufacturer’s website, use that instead.

Method #5: Flush DNS & Renew IP Address in Windows 10

As we navigate in the network, the cache memory allows access to various sites to be much faster. Still, this cache memory can slowly create a conflict in access to these generating the connection error.

To solve this, open the command prompt as administrator and execute the following commands:

ipconfig /flushdns (Flush the DNS)
ipconfig /registerdns (Register the DNS)
ipconfig /release (Release IP Address)
ipconfig /renew (Renew IP Address)
netsh winsock reset (Reset WInsock)

As easy as that, you can quickly fix the error ERR CONNECTION TIMED OUT and connected as expected to any website.

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