How to fix err incomplete chunked encoding in Chrome

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  • Website pages don’t load and CSS and JavaScript files get truncated when this annoying error arises in Google Chrome.
  • This troubleshooting guide shows you how you can fix the ERR_INCOMPLETE_CHUNKED_ENCODING issue easily.
  • Our Browsers page includes a plethora of troubleshooting articles for other browsers.
  • You can find troubleshooting guides for other Google Chrome issues at our Chrome hub.
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Some users have posted on numerous forums about a Chrome ERR_INCOMPLETE_CHUNKED_ENCODING page-loading issue.

When that issue arises, website pages hang or don’t load correctly with Google Chrome displaying blank pages. JavaScript and CSS files also get truncated, which generates web form submission issues.

That issue typically arises for users utilizing Google Chrome within client/server network environments with Apache server software. Those users spot the ERR_INCOMPLETE_CHUNKED_ENCODING error message within Chrome’s developer console.

How can I fix Chrome’s ERR_INCOMPLETE_CHUNKED_ENCODING error?

1. Disable prefetching in Google Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser the issue arises on.
  2. Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome menu button on the far right of the browser’s URL toolbar.
  3. Select Settings to open a tab that includes Chrome’s browser options.
  4. Click Cookies and other site data to open further options.
  5. Then scroll down to the Preload pages for faster browsing option shown directly below.
    The Preload pages option err_incomplete_chunked_encoding chrome
  6. Toggle the Preload pages option off if it’s on.
  7. Restart Chrome after turning off the Preload pages option.

2. Uninstall third-party antivirus software

  1. To uninstall a third-party antivirus utility in Windows, right-click the Start button and select Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl in Run’s text box, and press the Enter keyboard key.
    The Windows uninstaller applet err_incomplete_chunked_encoding chrome
  3. Next, select the antivirus utility listed within the uninstall program list.
  4. Click the Uninstall button to remove the antivirus software.
  5. Select Yes on the uninstall software confirmation prompts.

Users have specifically confirmed that the ERR_INCOMPLETE_CHUNKED_ENCODING error can arise due to Avast, Kaspersky, and ESET antivirus software. So, you should certainly uninstall those publishers’ antivirus software if you have any one of them installed.

To check if the ERR_INCOMPLETE_CHUNKED_ENCODING issue is due to your third-party antivirus software, try disabling its real-time protection first. If disabling its real-time protection fixes the issue, uninstall the antivirus software.

Note: Many antivirus utilities have removal tools you can download that will more thoroughly remove them than Windows’ default uninstaller. The ESET site includes a handy index of removal tool links for the bigger antivirus software.


3. Disable Chrome’s extensions

  1. Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button to open that browser’s menu.
  2. Click More Tools to open that submenu.
  3. Then select Extensions to open Chrome’s add-on tab.
    Extensions tab err_incomplete_chunked_encoding chrome
  4. To turn off an extension, click its blue toggle button.
  5. Turn off all your Google Chrome extensions, and restart the browser.

4. Reset Google Chrome

  1. Open the Customize and Control Google Chrome menu at the top right of that browser’s window.
  2. Click Settings to open that tab in the browser.
  3. Scroll all the way down to the Advanced button on the Settings tab.
  4. Click Advanced to extend the options on the Settings tab.
  5. Then scroll further down to the Restore settings to their original defaults option.
    Restore settings to their original defaults option err_incomplete_chunked_encoding chrome
  6. Click Restore settings to their original defaults to select that option.
  7. Press the Reset settings button to provide confirmation.

There are other potential fixes for the ERR_INCOMPLETE_CHUNKED_ENCODING error.

However, the above resolutions are confirmed fixes that have resolved the issue for many users.