No matter what you do, your Google Chrome browser keeps giving you the 403 Forbidden error message? Well, don’t despair just yet – we have some tips on how to fix the 403 Forbidden error on Google Chrome and get back to surfing in no time. Here are the five things you can try if the 403 Forbidden error appears in your browser.
A Beginner’s Guide
The 403 forbidden error indicates that you do not have access to a particular resource. It can happen for a variety of reasons, but in most cases, it’s due to an incorrect username or password.
If you’re receiving a 403 forbidden error on your Chrome browser when trying to visit certain sites, check out these five solutions and see if one works for you. And remember: The more descriptive you are about your problem (and any other details), the better chance someone will be able to help you!
- Is it happening with multiple accounts? Check that all of your usernames and passwords are exactly as they should be. Try logging in again with an old password or setting up another account; it could just be a hiccup in your network or system.
- Are you browsing from work? Some networks have special security features that might not allow access to particular web pages due to their content or purpose; in many cases, however, entering localhost as opposed to an actual website address can bypass work filters and allow access—but try doing so only at home because some workplaces use special monitoring software that automatically reports those types of attempts!
- Did it start after installing Firefox? Some users report that certain extensions for Firefox can cause 403 forbidden errors, so try uninstalling them if you haven’t already; if your problem persists, see if removing other extensions helps (like Flash, Java, etc.). If that doesn’t help, try reinstalling your browser!
- Does it only happen with a particular website? If you’re certain your username and password are correct, try using an incognito window or clearing your cache to see if that helps. If it does, make sure there isn’t anything specific about that website that’s causing problems for you—and consider contacting its webmaster directly (and in some cases, just waiting out of frustration!).
- Are you running Windows 10? If you’re using Microsoft Edge, check that your settings are correct and that there aren’t any extensions causing issues with your computer—but if that doesn’t help, your best bet is a complete reinstall of your operating system!
Try one of these solutions now—and if none work for you, share more details about what’s happening with as much detail as possible so someone can help!
Clear your Cache and Cookies
Caches are designed to improve load times. In general, they don’t store your personal information or pose a security risk (as long as you’re browsing through a private connection). However, if you find that you can’t access some of your favorite sites or bookmarks, one of two things may be going on: either there is something wrong with those sites or an issue with your cache.
It could be time for a quick reset. To clear your cache in Google Chrome, first choose Tools > Clear Browsing Data . Then check Delete cookies and other site data and hit Clear Browsing Data . This will delete all of your stored session data and HTTP cookie information. Be sure to restart your browser after clearing cached content.
Update your Plug-ins
If you’re using a plug-in that requires an upgrade, such as Java or Silverlight, Chrome will give you a warning message if your browser hasn’t been updated. The message says that in order to get access to a site, you need to update your plug-ins by clicking Update Now.
If you don’t do anything with it, every time you hit refresh, you’ll just get another message saying: To view [site], please install [plug-in]. You may have already requested an update for [plug-in]. If not, click here. It can be quite frustrating after awhile. A simple solution is instead of clicking Update Now, simply close all messages and wait a few minutes before refreshing your browser again.
This should avoid getting that message again and saves your trouble from having to actually download those updates or even restarting your PC.
If they still won’t go away, there’s a quick trick that works in most cases; it’s called forcing Chrome (or any browser) to forget about your plug-ins (even if they’re up-to-date).
Here’s how you do it: Right click on one of those annoying warning messages and select Forget About This Site from its context menu. That should make all Forget Now links disappear. If they still keep coming back, repeat that process with all messages.
You can also choose not to ever see any of them again by checking Remember History in Advanced Preferences in your settings (gear icon > Settings). Don’t forget that to allow pop-ups if you need them.
Change your Settings
The first step toward fixing your 403 error is finding it in your settings and changing it. In Chrome’s Settings menu, click Show advanced settings, then click Change proxy settings. On Firefox, click Options, then click Network>Settings.
There you’ll find a section called Proxies that should display a bunch of fields: one for Type and another for Port. If you’re using a proxy server or VPN software—whether you know it or not—this is where you’ll find its information. In either case, change any entries here to No Proxy and see if that fixes your problem.
If so, great! Just make sure to reset your other browser’s proxy settings back afterward; if not, read on for more troubleshooting tips.
You can do that by opening up a new tab and entering about:config in the address bar—that’ll bring you to Firefox’s advanced configuration page.
The error is mentioned next to Networking>ProxyServer but it might be under Miscellaneous>Network Proxy Settings or Extensions>Network Proxy (the options will vary depending on what version of Firefox you’re using).
Open one of those entries and change its value from Yes/No (probably) or 1/0 (even more likely) to Disabled and save changes.
If any setting brings you back into browsing bliss, know that there’s some expert-level tweaking ahead—but also keep in mind that these steps are beyond what most people will have time for when searching for answers online.
Restore from a Backup
If your site is in WordPress, there’s a good chance that you have backups of your content and settings. You can access these from WordPress’ dashboard, but sometimes you may have deleted your last backup copy.
If that’s happened, don’t worry—you can still restore from an earlier version. Click here for step-by-step instructions for how to do that using XML-Export or PHPMyAdmin (for databases created with MariaDB).
How to fix 403 Forbidden error on Google Chrome Windows 10
403 forbidden is a HTTP status code that indicates that a requested resource is only available to authenticated users. It’s different from 404 errors (file not found) and 500 errors (internal server error).
This means that access has been blocked for non-authenticated users, usually because you are using an incorrectly configured proxy. If you’re using a proxy server, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up your computer’s Internet options and head over to LAN settings. To do so, right-click on your Internet connection in Windows 10 and select Internet Properties.
Step 2: On LAN settings page, uncheck these options: Use a proxy server for your LAN or Automatically detect settings. Click Apply then OK.