Fixing the "ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT" Error in Web Browsers

Fixing the "ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT" Error in Web Browsers


If you're a web developer or a user, you might have encountered the «ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT» error in web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. This error occurs when a web browser is unable to establish a connection with the requested website within a specified time frame. In this article, we will explore the potential causes of this error and provide solutions to fix it.

1. Check your internet connection:

Before diving into more complex solutions, make sure your internet connection is stable and working correctly. You can do this by accessing other websites or running a quick speed test. If you find that your internet connection is unstable or slow, try resetting your router or contacting your internet service provider for assistance.

2. Clear browser cache and cookies:

Cached data and cookies can sometimes cause connection issues. Clearing your browser's cache and cookies may resolve the «ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT» error. To do this, follow the steps below for your specific browser:

  • Chrome: Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data
  • Firefox: Options > Privacy & Security > Cookies and Site Data > Clear Data
  • Safari: Safari > Clear History > All history

After clearing your cache and cookies, restart your browser and try accessing the website again.

3. Disable browser extensions:

Browser extensions can sometimes interfere with web connections. Disabling your extensions may help resolve the error. To disable extensions, follow the steps below for your specific browser:

  • Chrome: Settings > Extensions > Toggle off the extensions
  • Firefox: Menu > Add-ons > Extensions > Disable the extensions
  • Safari: Safari > Preferences > Extensions > Uncheck the «Enable» box

After disabling your extensions, restart your browser and try accessing the website again.

4. Flush DNS cache:

The «ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT» error may be caused by an outdated DNS cache. Flushing your DNS cache can help resolve the issue. To do this, follow the steps below for your specific operating system:

  • Windows: Open Command Prompt and run the command «ipconfig /flushdns».
  • macOS: Open Terminal and run the command «sudo dscacheutil -flushcache; sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder».
  • Linux: Open Terminal and run the command «sudo systemctl restart nscd».

5. Modify your computer's hosts file:

If you still can't access the website, there might be an issue with your computer's hosts file. The hosts file is responsible for mapping domain names to IP addresses. To check if the problem is related to your hosts file, follow these steps:

  • Windows: Open Notepad as an administrator, then open the file «C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts».
  • macOS: Open Terminal and run the command «sudo nano /etc/hosts».

Look for any lines containing the domain name of the website you're trying to access. If you find any, comment them out by adding a "#" symbol at the beginning of the line, then save the file and restart your computer.

6. Check your firewall and antivirus settings:

Sometimes, your computer's firewall or antivirus software may be blocking the connection to the website. To resolve the «ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT» error, try temporarily disabling your firewall and antivirus software, then attempt to access the website again. If this resolves the issue, add the website to your firewall or antivirus software's exceptions list.


The «ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT» error can be frustrating, but it's often solvable by following the steps outlined in this article. By checking your internet connection, clearing your browser cache, disabling extensions, flushing your DNS cache, modifying your hosts

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