The Google search results page is blank or pressing the Back button loads a blank page

These are known issues with Google search. They have been reported in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer for several years and are now being reported in Microsoft Edge as well. They have variously been suggested as caused by a bug in Google search, a bug in the browser, a browser setting, a bad operating system update, and malware. It is not related to ad blockers.

Here are some suggestions we found after a few hours' research. They may be only temporary fixes. If you find one that works for you or something that works even better, please let us know in the feedback for this article.

Workaround: Open search results in a new tab

This gets around the Back button issue entirely by leaving the original search results page the way it is. That way you don't need to press the Back button to get back to it.

To open search results in a new tab, right-click the link and select Open link in new tab.

To always open search results in a new tab:

  1. At the top of the search results page, click Settings, then Search Settings.
  2. Under "Where results open," select Open each selected result in a new browser window.
  3. Click Save.


Clear the browser cache

Follow these instructions to clear the browser cache and cookies.

Turn off instant results

  1. At the top of the search results page, click Settings, then Search Settings.
  2. Under "Google Instant predictions," select Never show Instant results.
  3. Click Save.

Log out of your Google account

Some folks report that running the search while not logged in to their Google account fixed the issue. Searching in an incognito window should do the same thing.

Refresh the page

Many folks report they get search results to appear by pressing ⌘+R (OS X) or Ctrl+R (Windows) to refresh the search results page. You can also press F5 in most browsers to reload the page.

Go back and run the search again

If that doesn't work, other folks report that pressing the Back button, then running the search again, gets the search results to appear. Obviously, this is not the solution to try if the Back button itself is causing the trouble!

Scan your computer for malware

Scan your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

No antivirus finds every malware. Even if you've scanned with another antivirus or antimalware program, it doesn't mean your computer is clean. We're not affiliated with Malwarebytes in any way. Their software just seems to catch malware that others miss.

Please see these Knowledge Base articles for more information about malware and AdBlock:

Tweak your browser settings


Disable Prefetch resources to load pages more quickly in chrome://settings.


There don't seem to be any settings you can tweak in Safari that might help. Please see the following Apple Support forum posts for some background:

In the meantime, use the ⌘+R workaround.


Disable Predict network actions to improve page load performance in opera://settings.


See this excellent YouTube video on how to fix a blank page when clicking Back button in Google.

Internet Explorer 11

Try the suggestions in this Google Custom Search help forum.

We hope this helps!

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