Google Chrome is an incredibly popular browser, and it is inconceivable to deny this fact. However, much like other web browsers and software in general, glitches and bugs are common. One of the most infamous errors in Google Chrome is err_cache_miss.
The error might look simple, but can be a bit annoying for those individuals who need to access the internet in order to complete their work or projects. Fixing it, however, won’t be a big issue for those who have technical expertise in the computer science field. Unfortunately, it can create numerous problems for a novice.
What Causes the err_cache_miss Error?
The error can happen for various reasons; we could attribute the failure to lousy coding on the app or website that you are attempting to run or visit. Besides that, it could also be attributed to a bug in the browser or even something such as a corrupted extension.
In some cases, this error could be a result of the aggressive caching in your web-browser. Almost every web browser creates a cached copy (locally stored copy) of the static files of the websites that you visit. This way, browsers can help to speed up the performance of that website significantly. Additionally, it also helps to reduce your internet data bills as now instead of re-fetching static files from the website’s server; it loads it directly from your system’s storage device. This functionality not only helps to improve user experience but also saves your time, significantly.
But sometimes due to bugs or corrupted extension, the web-browsers aren’t able to respect the cache control settings of the web server due to which the server rejects the client request and you as the end-user aren’t able to access that website or application.
How to fix err_cache_miss
You can try any of the three methods I have provided in this guide and in case the first one didn’t work for you, you can try the rest of the two. I have also made sure that this guide easy to understand even for a non-technical person, and I am quite sure that it will help you fix this issue in your web-browser.
Now you have to understand that software and apps can have various types of bugs, and for each bug, the software is developed to show a different warning message.
In this troubleshooting guide, I will focus on just one “really annoying” issue, and that is the err_cache_miss in Google Chrome. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
Clear Chrome History
Almost every web browser keeps a record of the websites you visit. It helps them to improve the offline auto-suggest feature and also helps you to find the site in-case you forgot its name.
All-in-all browser history is helpful, but they are also the main culprit behind many issues like sluggish loading browser, inaccessible sites, etc.
We as the user usually don’t care too much of our web history, but if you find yourself continually running into the errors, then you should try deleting your history and see whether it fixes the issue or not.
Deleting the history on Chrome is quite straightforward. But still, in case you don’t know the steps, follow the instructions provided below.
1. Open up the Chrome and wait for it to load completely.
2. Now press CTRL key and while holding it press H key ( ctrl + h ). Alternatively, you can press ctrl + shift + delete keys.
3. Once the history menu opens, click on the “clear browsing data,” which is located on the left-hand-side panel. After clicking a new pop-up window will appear.
4. In the pop-up window, under “time range” section select “all time” and then select the following options: “Browsing history,” “cookies and other site data” and “cached images and files.”
5. Finally, click on the blue colored “Clear data” button.
If you follow the four steps above, you will ultimately get rid of all the browsing data that are saved on your Chrome. Once you have done that, you can go ahead and restart the web browser to check whether that fixes the problem.
Deleting your browser history typically gets rid of just about everything that has been building up in your computer’s storage. It does involve a lot of caches too and considering how the cache issue is being dealt with; it may actually resolve that problem for you.
Use Developer Tools
Google Chrome is free and undoubtedly easy to use and customize. Additionally, it supports thousands of extensions which help to make it an even better web browser. Most of its features and settings are easily accessible, but there are few features which most of “general” users are unaware of.
Chrome comes loaded with a powerful all-in-one “Developer Tools” which give you access to a vast array of advanced options like the ability to access the integrated console, track HTTP requests, manage network behavior controls, perform web performance audit via Lighthouse, etc.
Almost every web-developer utilizes the power of developer tools to find and fix bugs in their web-based applications.
Now, most of the options available in the “Developer Tools” is of no use for general users, but it’s a powerful feature. If you know how to use it properly, then it can help you to easily track and fix most of the browser and web-based issues, including err_cache_miss.
If you are not a developer, no problem, just sequentially follow the steps listed below and I assure you that you won’t find it difficult to follow.
1. Open the Google Chrome Browser, and then type in the URL that is showing you the err_cache_miss error.
2. Press CTRL+ Shift+ I and then wait for the DevTools to load.
3. From the menu, find the ‘Network’ and then click on it.
4. A new panel will load along with more options. You need to find the “Disable cache” option and then select it.
5. Now press CTRL + F5 keys to hard refresh the webpage.
It is worth noting that it is still not guaranteed that developer tools can fix the error, mainly when the error originates from the website rather than the actual browser. However, it is still a good idea to try out the method.
If this approach to does not work, you should consider trying the third and final method
Clear DNS Cache
Flushing your DNS is one among the methods that serve to fix a broad spectrum of Internet-related errors. By flushing IP issues, errors related to Internet connectivity and the infamous err_cache_miss error, flushing DNS can handle them all.
Flushing DNS does not always provide a fix, but it is still advisable to use this method since it is essential to separate what actually works from what does not work. It is rather easy to flush DNS since it hardly takes 5 minutes and is done via the command prompt.
Here are the steps you should follow:
1. Open Windows PowerShell (Admin) or Command Prompt (Admin) by right-clicking on the Start button and making the appropriate selection if you are on a newer update of Windows 10.
2. Type ipconfig/release and then press enter.
3. Type ipconfig/all and then press enter once more.
4. Type the command ‘ipconfig/flushdns’ and then press enter.
5. Enter the ipconfig/renew command to renew the configuration.
6. Type the following second last command ‘netsh int ip set dnd’ and then press enter.
7. All you have to do now is type in the final command, which is ‘netsh winsock reset.’ Once you have done that, you should restart your computer.
When your computer eventually boots up, the abominable err_cache_miss error should have been cleared. If the error persists, it is highly likely that you are dealing with a completely different problem than the one you have been speculating.
The good thing is that the err_cache_miss error is not as scary as some of the other errors. Fixing the error should be quite easy for most people since it is not all that difficult to start with. If you use the methods and follow the steps mentioned here, you can definitely clear the error.