Chrome fails to show search result

On Windows 7 (oldish) desktop, using Chrome version 41.0.2272.101

if I type a search term into the address and press enter, all I get is:

This webpage is not available


clicking on the details reveals that an error code ERR_CONTENT_DECODING_FAILED

If however, i ADD "https://" at the beginning of the URL, then Chrome displays the results.

I have fiddled wiith settings of chrome and of my google account yet I cannot find a solution.

Chrome says; no
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PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorAsked:
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Have you cleared the cache?  Often, if the page gets corrupted when first downloaded then this will cause your problems.
Go to Chrome Settings >

Manage search engines
Scroll all the way down where you see Add new search engine, fill in the 3 boxes as follows:

Press enter to save it. Find it in your list, hover mouse above it, click Make Default

That's it, your google search should behave normally now.
Goto settings, privacy, clear browsing data.  Leave cached images and files ticked, untick the others.  Change the time to wither the last week or month to be sure.  Click clear browsing data.

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PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorAuthor Commented:
Thank you, the specific advice on the options to use was my deciding factor in which comment to follow, of course it also solved the problem.

Changing the default search engine did not solve my problem, sorry.
Glad to have been of service.
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