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A network change was detected: Quick Fix

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If you use Chrome or any other Chromium-based browser on a Windows PC, you must’ve encountered an error saying a network change was detected. The error is rather common for Windows users and can be annoying at times.

Luckily, it isn’t that big of an issue. In this article, we’re talking about this issue, its causes and how you can solve this. 

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What causes this error?

The “A network change was detected” error mostly triggers itself when a user switches network while browsing the internet. For example, if you switch from LAN to WiFi while you’re using Chrome, chances are you’ll see this error the next time you click on a link.

How to solve this error?

Luckily, this isn’t really a big problem and can be solved easily. Try any of these methods.

Refresh the page

You may see this message because a page wasn’t able to load properly. In such cases, try refreshing the page to see if you can get the page to load.

Restart the router

Restarting your router can help get rid of a bunch of seemingly random internet and connectivity issues that may be hindering your connection to Hulu’s servers. 

Check your internet connection

Now’s also a good time to check whether or not you have an active internet connection. If you’re on WiFi, make sure you’ve got an active connection and that there are no signal issues. On cellular data, ensure that it’s enabled and that you’re getting good network coverage. 

Reset your DNS settings

As you can probably guess by the error, there might be something wrong with your DNS settings. Here’s how you can reset them. 

Step 1: Press Windows key + R and type in cmd and hit enter.

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Step 2: Type in ipconfig /flushdns to reset DNS settings to default.

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If the above command doesn’t help, try entering these commands in the Command Prompt one at a time.

netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset

If you suspect an issue with your router’s DHCP assignment, use these commands to release your old IP and request a new one. 

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

If this doesn’t work either, use the following commands to reset your network stack.

nbtstat -R
nbtstat -RR
netsh int ip reset C:\resetlog.txt
netsh winsock reset

On a mac, head over to your terminal and type in sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder. Type your password when prompted for it, and try re-accessing the internet. 

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Check for updates

If the issue is in Chrome itself, chances are developers might release an update to fix the problem. Regardless, you should always make sure you’ve got the latest version of the browser installed to avoid running into problems that could otherwise be avoided. 

Head over to chrome://settings/help and make sure you’re on the latest update. If you’re not, update immediately and try again. The *Aw snap* error in Chrome should be fixed.

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Clear your browser’s data

Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get Chrome to work.

Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

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Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and make sure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data. 

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Reset your browser

Resetting Chrome can fix all sorts of random bugs and glitches with the browser. 

Step 1: Head over to chrome://settings/reset. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

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Step 2: Chrome will show you a warning prompt. Click on Reset Settings, and your browser will reset to default settings. 

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Now restart the browser, and it should resolve the error.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: