Sunday, April 7, 2019

Google Chrome cannot load images from Google servers

Recently my Google Chrome could not load images hosted on Google servers. The same URLs were loaded correctly on both Firefox and Edge. And even if I opened a Google Chrome incognito window, the images from those URLs were loaded correctly.

Loading the "broken" image alone with Google Chrome got a 400 error from Google. There was also an error message saying "Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request. That’s all we know."

Using the Developer Tools to track the request revealed that alongside the request, a "big" cookie was sent.

I guessed Google's servers did not like the cookies. Since the Google Chrome incognito mode did not send this cookie so it could load the image.

To fix it, I clicked the Google Chrome's Control Button (Vertical Ellipsis at the top right corner) and selected More tools|Clear browsing data.... There I cleared the stored cookies.

Bang! Now all the images are loaded and shown.

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