“HTTP error 404 not found” is one of the most common errors that we come across while accessing any given server on the internet. This “HTTP error 404 not found” may be attributable to a variety of reasons ranging from mistyped or incomplete URL entered in the internet browser to the enabled proxy settings.
Friends, I also encountered this “HTTP error 404 not found” issue while trying to access a particular web server which I was able to fix by punching the complete URL in the search box of my internet browser. So, here I take the opportunity to discuss several measures for fixing the “HTTP error 404 not found” issue.
Quite often the issue of “HTTP error 404 not found” may emanate if you have punched in the wrong or incomplete URL in your computer’s search engine which could simply be fixed by rechecking and entering the correct URL. This should probably help you fix the “HTTP error 404 not found” issue.
Step 1 - In a bid to open the “Clear Browsing Data” window just press the CTRL+SHIFT+DEL buttons.
Step 2 - After the new window opens just set the preferred time range for which you want to clear the browsing history, cookies, and cache files.
Step 3 - Continue by putting a tick mark on the check-boxes corresponding to which messages like clearing browsing history, clearing Cache files, and Clearing cookies are shown.
Step 4 - Just continue by pressing the “Clear Data” button.
Step 5 - Now re-open your Google Chrome browser after exiting it.
The above schematic procedure should help you fix the “HTTP error 404 not found” issue.
Another way of fixing the “HTTP error 404 not found” issue is to enter the URL in the Google search box even if you don’t know the correct URL. Google will probably search for the complete URL and will let you open the web server that you wish to open thereby helping you avoid the “HTTP error 404 not found” issue.
Google has the utility of providing cache files to enable you to open the desired website even when the server is down or when the website is inaccessible temporarily.
To get this done, just enter the following address followed by punching your preferred URL after the relevant cache syntax. Suppose you want to open cnbc.com using the Google Cache then just follow the address given underneath.
Step 1 - You just have to open the Internet Options by pressing the Windows+S keys.
Step 2 - Now prefer to click on the “Connections” tab followed by clicking on the “LAN Settings” shown in the bottom-right corner of the dialogue box.
Step 3 - Now don’t forget to put a tick on two different check-boxes with the message “Automatically detect settings” and “Use a proxy server for your LAN”.
Step 4 - Now click Apply and press the OK button to save the changes in a bid to take care of the “HTTP error 404 not found” issue.
Step 1 - Simply launch the “Settings” application on your computer followed by clicking on the “Network & Internet”.
Step 2 - Just navigate to find and click on the “Proxy” tab.
Step 3 - Turn off the two toggle buttons with the message “Automatically Detect Settings” and “Use a proxy server” respectively.
By finding and deleting the host files
Step 1 - Just begin by opening the Notepad application.
Step 2 - Now go on to search and open the folder mentioned herewith.
Step 3 - Now locate the “File Type” drop-down menu and tweak the “file type” from (*.txt) to the “All Files” option.
Step 4 - Now prefer to select the “hosts” folder to open all the hosts-related files and click on the “Open” button.
Step 5 - Now continue locating the relevant files and remove the same by executing the “Delete” action. This is explained here on an illustrative basis for cnbc.com files.
Step 6 - After you have removed all the relevant files you just have to press the “CTRL+S” buttons to accomplish the entire process of removing the host files successfully.