For most people, the most frustrating part of using any browser, particularly Chrome, is when they get messages that they don’t understand. A good example is the err_spdy_protocol_error that is found in Chrome and other browsers, of course, worded differently in the others. To understand how to fix this issue, it is important to first understand what this error means when it pops onto your screen.
Understanding the ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR in Chrome
When you type a website into Chrome and get this kind of message, it could mean a variety of things. It could just mean that the web page is down at the moment. At other times, it means that the site changed its web address and moved out of the one you keyed in permanently. Sometimes this error indicates that your network security, IP configuration or internet connection are experiencing hitches. Sometimes the problem is just as simple as having an outdated browser.
Depending on the reason for the ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR in Chrome, there are different ways to fix the issue with your PC. They include:
Flushing your Sockets
Flushing a socket means to send out any data that was hanging around before it is locked in a header and sent to its destination. To flush the sockets in your browser, follow these steps:
- Go to this address on Google Chrome chrome://net-internals/#events&q=type:SPDY_SESSION%20is:active
- Once you get to the required window, select the ‘Flush Sockets’ option at the top right corner, and you’re done. Simply restart your browser and start using it again
Using Command Prompts
You can use command prompts to correct DNS problems and renew your IP address. This is how to go about it:
- Press the Windows key and select the Command Prompt (Admin) option which allows you to run the commands as the administrator
- Key in the commands ‘ipconfig/release’, ‘ipconfig/all’, ‘ipconfig/flushdns’ and ‘ipconfig/renew’.
- Restart you PC and start using your browser
Sometimes the easiest way to deal with a problem is the most obvious one. In this case, closing and launching your browser might be the answer to the ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR in Google Chrome. However, this method is a bit of a hit and miss method to correct the problem.
When an outdated browser is the source of your problems, updating it is the solution. What you need is to go to your browser settings, in this case, your Chrome settings. Click on about Chrome and check if there is an update to your browser. Update Chrome if there is a newer version available then try searching for the site again.
Some websites will display the SPDY error message when you use normal windows but normally work when you go incognito so it wouldn’t hurt to try going incognito.
All the methods above work for people who have an SPDY error message in Chrome, depending on what caused the error in the first place. Try them out and check whether they work for you the next time you get that message.