As I understand this is a somewhat common issue; but common fixes aren't helping. Minecraft is currently not allowing me to connect to any servers. It does not appear to be a firewall issue as disabling the firewall does not change results, I added a rule to the firewall also, but could have easily messed that up. I believe the issue is due to a VPN which enables a firewall when it protects my network. I have tried to disable the VPN and even uninstalled it to no benefit. I have tried restarting my internet and connecting to a different internet. Nothing helps. I am incredibly not tech savvy pls help.
Edit: tried changing versions, which I assume would avoid the issue listed in this very similar post: How to solve the "io.netty.channel.AbstractChannel$AnnotatedConnectException: Connection refused: no further information" error on Minecraft?, that is to taken with a grain of salt however this is so very not my forte.
Edit: Minecraft has been uninstalled and reinstalled to no avail.