Chrome search bar giving blank search results

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gusmahler, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. gusmahler macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    I searched but didn't see anything close.

    One of the reasons I like Chrome is the combined search/address bar at the top. If you type in a search term instead of an address, it will go to the search results for that search term.

    About 20 minutes ago, it stopped working for me. Now it's periodically working and periodically not.

    When it's not working, if I type in, e.g., "George Washginton", the result is

    Obviously, the "blank.html" results in a blank page being shown.

    Is this some kind of virus? Something else?

    If I change the default search engine to, it works fine--search results come up.

    I'm running a Mac Pro with version 10.6.8 of OS X.

    What worries me is that I've seen search results for a "redirect virus" and I'm wondering if that's what's happening here. As far as I can tell, the redirect virus is PC only, but maybe it's been modified?

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    It's not a virus. DNS Redirects wouldn't produce what you're seeing. Most likely, you simpl need to update Chrome. Go to the Chrome menu, choose About Google Chrome, and see if it says there's an update available. Or, try Chrome Canary, the early development version. Or, of course, another browser.

  3. ipodguru22 macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2009
    I'm having the same problem! Chrome is up to date also. :confused:
  4. hkim1983 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2009
    I've also been experiencing this problem the last few days, and I find it absolutely bizarre. I've also noticed a bug where if I open a new tab to look at my most visited sites list, it sometimes produces a blank page.
  5. ppeewang macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2011
    same issue for me just started happening today.
  6. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    I've found a workaround. Go into Chrome's settings and under the "Search" options, check the box enabling Instant. It can be a little annoying, but until Chrome releases an update fixing this bug, the workaround does solve the overall issue of not being able to use the bar to search.
  7. ppeewang macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2011
    Found this on slashgear


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