Fix: A Network Change was Detected Error on Windows 10

ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED or “A network change was detected” is a commonly occurring issue on Windows 10. Usually, one receives such error messages while browsing on Google Chrome. A few users reported about getting this bug on other web browsers as well like Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, etc.

If you repeatedly encounter the “Your Connection Was Interrupted” error message, disable any VPN software, and scan your computer for possible malware. In case Microsoft Defender doesn’t find any corrupted or damaged files, follow these four easy workarounds outlined below –

  1. Flush DNS
  2. Reset TCP/IP
  3. Use Google’s Public DNS
  4. Clear Browsing Data – Chrome Specific

“Your Connection Was Interrupted” Error Solutions

To solve “A Network Change Was Detected Error” on Windows 10 PC, try the following suggestions –

1] Flush DNS 

Windows 10 constantly stores some of the information when we browse online in the form of a DNS cache. This is to optimize the surfing during a re-visit to the website. The DNS cache entries remain as it is till the pre-defined TLL expires. Although you should flush such entries from time to time, this becomes a necessity when you encounter any network-related bugs on your device. Here’s how to flush DNS on Windows 10 –

ipconfig /flushdns

  • After flushing the DNS, reset the network adapter. To do so, execute the following command –

netsh winsock reset

A Network Change was Detected Error - CMD

  • When the console displays “Successfully reset the winset Catalog”, come out of the prompt area and Reboot your device.
  • From the next sign-in, you won’t encounter “A Network Change was detected Error” on Windows 10.

In case, your connection interrupts again on the Network_Change_Detected error, try the next workaround.

2] Reset TCP/IP

Resetting TCP/IP is another useful operation to fix the “Network_Change_Detected” error on Windows 10. Here are the essential steps to reset TCP/IP –

  • Use WinKey + R to open the Run dialog.
  • Type “cmd” in the text field and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together. Hit Yes when the UAC window appears to authorize the access.
  • Doing this will invoke the Command Prompt having administrative privileges. 
  • Once you are there, execute the below set of commands one after another. Do hit the Enter key after each command –

netsh int ip set dns

netsh winsock reset

  • The above codes will reset TCP/IP to their default settings. 
  • Type exit and hit Enter to close Command Prompt and Reboot your PC.

Now that you have reset TCP/IP, the “Your Connection Was Interrupted” error should not occur while browsing online. 

3] Use Google’s Public DNS to fix “A Network Change was detected”

If you are currently obtaining the DNS server automatically on your device, try using Google’s Public DNS. Many a time, doing this alone will solve the connection issues. Here’s how to perform this task –

  • Make a right-click on the Windows icon and select “Network Connections”.
  • Move to the right pane, scroll down, and click Change Adapter Options.

A Network Change was Detected Error - Settings

  • This will redirect you to the Control Panel. Right-click on the active connection from where you are accessing the network and click the Properties button.
  • On the Ethernet/WiFi properties window, double-click on the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)“.

Network Connections

  • Now, check the box beside “Use the following DNS server addresses” option and fill in the values as provided below – 
Preferred DNS server:
Alternate DNS server:

A Network Change was Detected Error - Obtain DNS

  • After completing the above steps successfully, hit OK to incorporate the recent changes. 

“Your Connection Was Interrupted” issue should not occur anymore while connecting your device to the internet.

Remove Google’s Public DNS

If this indeed is the current state on your computer, mark the “Obtain DNS server address automatically” instead of Google’s Public DNS. As per certain users, this bug gets resolved after removing Google’s Public DNS from their computer.

4] Clear Browsing Data – Chrome Specific

In case you are facing this trouble only on Google Chrome, try clearing the browsing data of all the time. Here’s how to delete browsing data on Chrome –

  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys together.
  • Head over to the Advanced section and select “All Time” using the Time range drop-down menu.
  • Scroll down and mark each one of the checkboxes.
  • Lastly, click Clear data and wait for this process to complete.

Clear Browsing Data

  • Once over, close the Chrome browser.

Following the above guideline should fix the “A network change was detected” issue on Google Chrome. If not, try –

Uninstall Chrome > Restart Windows 10 > Reinstall Google Chrome

I hope you found this article helpful to fix the NETWORK_CHANGE_DETECTED Error on your computer. Please let us know what was your issue and which solution worked for you in the below comment section. This will be beneficial for other users with a matching connection issue. 

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Soni Aryan

Soni Kumari is a tech enthusiast known for her expertise in how-to type topics and Windows troubleshooting articles. She loves exploring how to do things or tweaks in Android, iPhone, and other operating systems.