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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.

  • What browser are you using, with what plugins? Are you surfing from home, or any other place? – Jan Doggen Jun 24 '13 at 13:29
  • What if you type the URL, without https://? – Arjan Jun 24 '13 at 16:44
  • It automatically gets converted to an https:// link – Prateek Singla Jun 25 '13 at 7:32
  • I have noticed that HTTPS actually is enforced the way described for articles in Russian but is not for articles in other languages. I am curious about how to switch to plain HTTP for Russian articles too. – Ivan Sep 25 '14 at 1:33
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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:

  1. 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

  2. Open the following page in Chrome: chrome://net-internals/#hsts

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    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.

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