So, you’re browsing the web and you want to visit your favourite website. Unfortunately, the website takes too long to load and then you see an error saying ‘ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT’.

This can be an annoying situation because it stops you from visiting the website.

The Reason you’re Seeing this Error

The main reason why you’re seeing this error is because of your LAN settings. Your LAN settings are a bunch of settings that allow you to configure your local area network.

When these settings are turned on, it can slow down the servers responds time which causes the error to show up.

1. Change LAN Settings

Change LAN settings

The first thing you’ll need to do is to change the LAN settings on your PC.

To adjust these settings:

  1. Open Control panel
  2. Choose View by Large icons
  3. Click Internet Options
  4. Under Connections pane, click LAN settings
  5. Unticked all the items
  6. Click OK

After you’ve done this, you need to go back to the webpage and check if the error has gone by reloading the page.

After you’re done reloading the page, you should be able to visit it without any issues.

2. Flush the DNS

run services,msc

The next thing you need to do is to flush the DNS.

The DNS is responsible for returning the IP address of the server that hosts the domain when you’re trying to visit that webpage.

When the DNS is taking too long to return the IP address of the domain’s server, this can cause the error to pop up.

Therefore, you need to flush the DNS and see if this fixes the problem.

  1. Hold down the Windows key and R to open Run
  2. Type services.cmd and click OK
  3. Type in the commands one below the other and after each one, hit the enter key
  • ipconfig /registerdns
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew
  • netsh winsock reset
  1. Restart your PC to make changes take effect.

This is going to flush the DNS.

After you’ve done this, you should try and visit the webpage and it should work.

If this step doesn’t work, you need to go to the next one.

3. Disconnect your Network

This problem can be caused by a slow internet connection.

Therefore, you’ll need to disconnect from your current network in order to get rid of this annoying message.

To disconnect from your network:

  1. Click on the WIFI icon at the bottom
  2. Click on Disconnect
  3. Click on Connect

After you’ve done this, you need to try and reload the page to check if it works.

If this didn’t work, go to the next step.

4. Clear Browsing Data

Clear browsing data in Chrome

The next thing you need to do is to clear your browsing history.

When your browser is saving a lot of cookies, this can cause the timed-out error to occur.

In this case, you’ll need to clear your Chrome browsing data.

  1. Click the options icon on the right of Chrome
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings
  4. Under Privacy, Click Clear browsing data
  5. Choose the beginning of time
  6. Tick all the items
  7. Click Clear browsing data

After you’ve done this, you’ll need to go back and do a search.

Once you do this, you should notice that the error doesn’t come up anymore.