Fixing Google Can’t Be Reached Errors

by DanB

So you are using Google Chrome and it won’t let you load anything from Google. The errors that show range from “webpage may be down” to “app is unavailable” to “Error 15 (net::ERR_SOCKET_NOT_CONNECTED): Unknown error.” If you are seeing any of these here is a fix that worked for me.

First open a new tab in Chrome then do the following:

  1. In URL field type: chrome://net-internals/#sockets
  2. If the Sockets tab didn’t open click Sockets on the left
  3. Click the Flush Socket Pools button.

That should fix it. If you are still having problems try clicking the Close idle sockets button.

Here is what this looks like on my screen:

Flush Sockets in Chrome

Let me know if that helps and if you have run into the problem yourself.


  • Blaine Morgan

    Yes, I stopped using chrome because of this error

  • 5Dollar

    This is why I have been a subscriber for years and years. It had me scratching my head

  • David Harris

    Thank’s for passing this on. I’m getting just plain worn out from years of having to ‘fix’ my bowsers and at one time I had considered giving up on all of them except Chrome. I guess I’ll just have to keep using three browsers and, spend more time than I care to spend, in order to keep them working properly.

  • David The Colonel

    A pleasure to read your postings, always something of benefit and insightful. Keep up the great work! Two thumbs up!!

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  • Fred

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and great discoveries. I for one found this to be a problem and hopefully, I now have the cure.
    I wonder, out loud, why Google just doesn’t fix this, once and for all.

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