Many times when surfing the internet there will be error messages that are displayed in the internet browsing programs that might confuse the everyday computer user. One of the most common error messages displayed is the 404 error message which will be further explained below.
Listed below are the common reasons for the 404 error message as well as the ways to fix them.
The first thing to look at when discussing a 404 error message is what the error message means. As the text displayed usually stating 404 error: File not Found. In the most basic terms when you see a 404 error message the browser is unable to locate the page that you have entered into the url bar.
Listed below are some of the main reasons that 404 error message can appear.
The first cause of a 404 error message is that the internet connection that you are using is not able to connect to the destination url. The first thing to do is to ensure that your system is connected to the internet.
Once you have established a connection you must then ensure that there are no firewall settings, or passwords required for access, that could be preventing you from accessing the internet and in turn creating the 404 error message that is being displayed on your system.
The next common cause of a 404 error message being displayed is that the url, or website address, that you have entered is not correct. This could be due to several reasons with the most common being a mistyped word in the url location.
Other times the reason the 404 error message is displayed is because the owner of the website has moved the actual location of the web page to a different location and not set up the re-direction on their side.
If this is the case the best thing to do is to let the website owner know about the 404 error message and use a search engine to find the new location of the page you are trying to visit.
Many times just following the simple resolutions listed above can help any user fix error 404 and ensure they get to the right webpage. If these tips did not fix the error message the best thing to try is to shut down your system, then restart it and see if this resolves the issue.