Wikipedia loads over HTTPS by default on my machine. This makes page loads take a long time, so I'd like for Wikipedia to default to HTTP instead. How can I do this? I am surfing from a home internet connection and using Google Chrome browser, with no extensions installed.
Are you sure you have no extensions installed? Does the same thing happen in Incognito mode as well? Here are some things you can try:
Try clearing your browser history, cache, cookies etc. completely, close Chrome, reopen and click the following link (or enter it manually): http://en.wikipedia.org
Open the following page in Chrome:
Under Delete domain enter wikipedia.org and for good measure en.wikipedia.org (or whichever localised version you use) and Delete them. Then follow step 1 above and see if it made any difference.