How to Fix "Access Denied on this Server" Error: 5+ Easy Solutions

Lindsay Hayes

If you keep getting the Access denied on this server error, you may have set different proxy settings than what's on your PC. Fixing this is easy. Temporarily disable your VPN extension, or reset your browser data.

I recently downloaded a VPN extension and kept seeing the full error message saying "access denied server". At first, the issue only popped up when I opened YouTube, but it started appearing more often.

Let's look at how you can fix this issue below.


How to Fix "Access Denied On This Server" Error Message?

There are many fixes to try, and they include:

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Solution 1: Delete Site Data

The issue may not appear due to a software problem. Instead, the site you're visiting may just be glitching out.

Most of the time, the error only pops up on Firefox and Chrome. Luckily, they come with special features that allow you to forget site data. If you are in fact dealing with a site glitch, this should help.

Here's what you do on Mozilla:

Here's what you do on Google Chrome:

Hopefully the error will be gone now. If not, I have a couple more fixes to try.

Solution 2: Disable VPN Extensions

If you have a free VPN extension running, its poor encryption could be responsible. Temporarily disable it and see whether this helps.

The process to disable VPN extensions will differ depending on your browser. I've touched on what to do below.

Google Chrome

You can entirely uninstall the extension. Here is how:

Mozilla Firefox

To uninstall the extension:

Microsoft Edge

To uninstall VPN extensions:

Opera Browser

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Solution 3: Disable VPN Software

Just like with the extension, having a subpar standalone VPN running can be the culprit. When it comes to disabling it, there isn't much work involved. Simply find the virtual private network from your home screen, launch it, then click on Disconnect from the main-page.

Solution 4: Use a VPN Software

On the flip side, if you are not using a VPN, this might actually fix the issue. This problem could be caused by the location of the IP that you connect from. So, if you are on a VPN, disconnecting from it can solve the issue. If you are not using a VPN, connecting to one might solve the issue.

In terms of free VPN services, Proton is an excellent choice. However, if you are looking for complete functionality and are willing to pay for one, NordVPN is a great option.

Solution 5: Disable Proxy Server

Having a proxy server enabled could be responsible. This hides your IP address similar to a virtual private network, so if it doesn't do a good job at this, the access denied error message can appear.

Go ahead and temporarily disable the proxy server and see whether this helps.

Here's what you do on Windows 10:

Your network traffic won't be filtered by a proxy, so this should have helped.

Solution 6: Clear Browser Data

Before moving onto my last solution, I advise you to clear your browser data. If you're dealing with a stubborn glitch, this should help.

In case you're wondering, you won't lose any custom settings.

Of course, the process to clear browser data will differ depending on your browser.

Google Chrome

Firefox Browser

Microsoft Edge

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Solution 7: Reset the Browser

Last but not least, you can try resetting your browser. Just know that all the custom settings that you've set would be cleared. This might be the only fix that will help.

Once again, the process to follow will differ depending on the browser that you are using.

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft Edge


Answered below are some popular questions.

Why Am I Getting Access Denied on This Server Chrome?

Usually, you will come across the permission to access error when you're dealing with a network-related issue.

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Final Thoughts

The Access denied error usually pops up when your browser is not using the same network settings as your computer.

There are many things that can cause the Access denied on this server error message. It usually comes up when you're using a subpar VPN software. Temporarily disabling it, or opting for a more premium VPN service might be the way to go. In my opinion, NordVPN is an excellent paid VPN service.

Other than that, clearing browser data, changing your Local Area Network settings, and disabling proxy servers can the trick. Out of these, going to the reset settings tab to clear browser data is the easiest.

As mentioned, I've dealt with the access denied error before. I've not only discussed how to take care of it but some additional information like system proxy settings as well.

I hope you found this guide useful.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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