It happens that websites can sometimes produce errors that many people do not know what to do about. Don’t rush to get upset – behind every error there is a reason, which you need to understand, and if there is a problem – solve it. This article will help you understand what the reason for the 403 forbidden error might be.
What does 403 Forbidden Error mean
People are used to having the Internet always at their fingertips, but there are situations when everything fails. In this article, I will tell you what is a 403 forbidden error on Google Chrome and how to fix it.
In general, a 403 forbidden error occurs when a web server denies you access to a page that you are trying to open in your browser. This is usually not your fault or that of your device. However sometimes it’s the other way around, so it’s a good idea to look into the causes of this problem first.
In cases where you have encountered a 403 Forbidden Error, this means that you aren’t allowed to access this site. It’s called a 403 error because that’s the HTTP status code that the webserver uses to describe that kind of error.
There could be two reasons for this. The first means that the website owners have actually set access permissions so that you cannot access their site. In the other case, the owners have accidentally, by mistake, deny you access to the site.
Different sites use a different design, respectively, and the error code may be written differently. For example, you might see things like 403 Forbidden, HTTP 403, Forbidden, HTTP Error 403 – Forbidden, HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden, Error 403, Forbidden: You don’t have permission to access [directory] on this server, Error 403 – Forbidden
Basically, you are powerless in such cases, it could be a server failure and it will take some time for the error to be fixed. Or it might not, and here are a few things you can try to do yourself.
How to fix 403 error
Here are some of the tips on how to get rid of a 403 error:
- Refreshing the page. It’s not hard to refresh the page, and it’s always worth a try. Most browsers use Ctrl+R on Windows or Cmd+R on Mac to refresh, and also provide a Refresh button somewhere on the address bar
- Press Ctrl+R on Windows or Cmd+R on Mac to refresh the page and see if the issue is gone.
- Double-check the address. The most common reason for a 403 error is a mistyped URL. Make sure that the address you are trying to access is for a web page or file, not a directory. A regular URL would end in .com, .php, .org, .html, or just have an extension, while a directory URL would usually end with a /
- Clearing browser cookies and cache. It may be possible the page with the error has been cached in your browser, but the actual link was changed on the website. To make the website work again, you’ll have to clear your browser cache and cookies. When you go to other sites you may notice that they take a little longer to load, but this is only a temporary phenomenon – as the sites re-download all the information
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More.
- Click More tools > Clear browsing data.
- At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
- Next to “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files,” check the boxes.
- Click Clear data.
- Permission to access the URL. It is possible that the error may be caused by a site that asks you to enter your username and password before giving you access. Usually, when you enter the data incorrectly, the site will notify you directly. But some sites just give you a 403 error. In this case, just try to enter your data correctly
- Try again later. If none of the methods above work, you can always wait a while and come back later. Since most of the time, 403 Errors are caused by issues with the website in question, it’s likely someone is already working on the problem
- Contact the Website. Another option is to contact the website owner directly. Look up their contact information on the website and contact them about the issue. If there is no contact form, you can try and reach the website on their social media
- Contact your ISP. In case you can confirm that a certain website is working for others but not for you, then it may be the reason that the public IP address your ISP provided you (or your whole ISP) has been blocked for some reason. You can try contacting them and letting them know about the problem. It’s not a very likely solution, but they might be able to help
- Disconnect your VPN. Some sites don’t like VPNs and block users who use them. Try disabling the VPN and reloading the page. Here’s how to disable VPN via PC:
- Open the Control Panel via the Start menu
- Open Network Connections
- You will see the list of VPN connections set up on your computer in a new window
- Select the VPN service you want to disable by highlighting its an icon
- Click on the “Change settings of this connection” link in the Network Tasks list
- Go to the Networking tab at the top of the window and click Uninstall
- Press Yes to confirm to disable the VPN
As you can see, there may be several reasons. However, almost all of these problems are minor and can be easily corrected even by yourself. However, if you can’t solve the problem yourself, ask specialists to help you or tell the organization that maintains the particular site.
Now you know more about how and what the cause of 403 forbidden error is related to and what options you have to fix it. And that is all for now. Try these methods and hope for the best!