How to Fix a Google Forbidden 403 Error

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How to Fix a Google Forbidden 403 Error
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If you have a website that your users cannot access because they get a "Google Forbidden 403 Error," you will have to fix the permissions settings on your computer. This error can occur if your users are clicking on a Web page through Google Search. The error is usually caused when users have limited access to a Web domain. Once you change the permissions, users will be able to access the Web page without getting an error message.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Go to "Start," then "Settings," then "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Click on "Administrative Tools," then "Internet Information Services."

  3. 3

    Right-click on the appropriate directory. Hit the "Properties" link on the drop-down menu.

  4. 4

    Choose the "Directory Security" link under "Properties." Select "Edit" under "Anonymous Access."

  5. 5

    Click the box for "Anonymous Access" and hit "OK."

  6. 6

    Select the "Directory" link under "Properties." Check off the "Read" box only and hit "OK."

  7. 7

    Navigate to the Web page once again and make sure the "Forbidden 403 Error" message is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are a user trying to visit a forbidden Web page, try accessing the website through a different browser.

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