DNS lookup error

Sometimes when trying to connect to a URL in various browsers (Chrome, Explorer, Firefox) it tries to load for a while and then gives me a "DNS lookup error." I wont be able to connect to any sites via URL or ping them using the command prompt. I can, however, type in the IP address and it loads the page fine. After a minute or two I can once again connect using a URL.
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  1. You can always manually add a DNS IP to your IP Settings of your network adapter if yours keeps dropping.

    here is easy to follow instructions to assist you
    - for windows 7 and vista > http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/change-tcp-ip-settings
    - for windows xp > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305553

    Set your DNS for the following for:
    - Google's DNS server use 8.8.8.8 for primary and 8.8.4.4 for secondary.
    - OpenDNS's DNS server use 208.67.222.222 for primary and 208.67.220.220 for secondary.

    if the links dont work because DNS is down, i have taken the time to do a NSLOOKUP for you:

    here is easy to follow instructions to assist you
    - for windows 7 and vista > http://65.52.103.234/en-us/windows7/change-tcp-ip-settings
    - for windows xp > http://157.56.56.139/kb/305553
  2. Might be your provider's DNS server having errors, use a diferent one. I use Google's 8.8.8.8 as my DNS server.
  3. Google's DNS servers are usually the best.

    I am using both theirs at 8.8.8.8 and 4.2.2.1 as those were the most responsive servers in my area. If Google wasn't so enormous I would recommend a different vendors DNS but that is my two cents.

    Use this tool as it automatically bench marks your DNS servers in your area and breaks down all the info you would want.

    https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm

    Helped improve my speed when my ISP's DNS is slacking, although seldom.
  4. scurbox said:
    You can always manually add a DNS IP to your IP Settings of your network adapter if yours keeps dropping.

    here is easy to follow instructions to assist you
    - for windows 7 and vista > http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/change-tcp-ip-settings
    - for windows xp > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305553

    Set your DNS for the following for:
    - Google's DNS server use 8.8.8.8 for primary and 8.8.4.4 for secondary.
    - OpenDNS's DNS server use 208.67.222.222 for primary and 208.67.220.220 for secondary.

    if the links dont work because DNS is down, i have taken the time to do a NSLOOKUP for you:

    here is easy to follow instructions to assist you
    - for windows 7 and vista > http://65.52.103.234/en-us/windows7/change-tcp-ip-settings
    - for windows xp > http://157.56.56.139/kb/305553


    I tried setting an ip and using google's DNS, unfortunately it hasn't fixed the issue
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