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    Angry Chrome Won't Update Website Search, Keeps Loading Prior Version of Website

    I'd appreciate some help with this problem.

    I logged on to a site today, and while I was using it, an internal link on the site suddenly ceased to function. The administrator, in response to my email notice, immediately fixed the link and then emailed me back to tell me the site was working again. BUT when I refreshed with F5, started a new Google Tab, and then finally rebooted my computer, Chrome persisted in showing me the very same UNFIXED version of the website, even though a simultaneous Google search on my iPhone DID give me the corrected site with the link working again! In a bizarre juxtaposition, I got the corrected site from Google on my iPhone while still pulling up the uncorrected site on my computer in new Google searches!

    This makes me question the reliability of Crome's search responses, as I frequently check beloved sites for updates throughout the day on my computer. This particular search clearly failed to give me the correct information when I repeated it, and instead just re-displayed the same thing it showed me earlier in the day without any attempt to update it from the source site. Even now, some five hours after the link was fixed, I'm still getting the un-fixed version of the page from Chrome, with the broken link that doesn't work. Yet the website's link has been fixed for over five hours! I'm wondering just exactly how often that actually happens.

    Also, I should say that Internet Explorer, which I heartily dislike, also DID pull up the corrected page immediately while Google Chrome couldn't. So I have proof positive that Chrome is apparently taking some kind of shortcut here that fails to actually update the search to the very second.

    Is this a flaw in the programming? Has anybody else experienced this? If so, is there something I can do to keep it from happening again? Even if I do something like clear out my cashe, dump my cookies or delete my search history, or whatever you techies call it, that's still a one-time fix, right? I'd like a permanent fix so I can actually rely on the accuracy of EVERY single Google search.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

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    Clarification of My Post:

    While Google persists in NOT updating the site that I want to use, it DOES seem to immediately update "important" sites like Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Fark, etc. from the source site. I'm wondering if Google Chrom is using an algorithm to decide whether a site is worth updating up to the minute every single time you access it, based upon how much traffic it gets and the advertising revenue it generates? If so, the site I'm trying to view would be given very low priority because it is a relatively low traffic site. To me, that's no excuse for providing inaccurate information in response to a search request. I fail to see why Google isn't updating the search from the source site every single time.

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    Thumbs up Update - Two Workarounds!

    My techie son came up with two workarounds for this problem.

    1. Right click on the broken link, and open the link in the incognito window.
    This forces a refresh.

    2. Second way: Click on the broken link to get to the bad page. Then, on that page, click on Control+F5, which also forces Google to refresh.

    YAY!

    So now it's up to the Google guys to figure out why a refresh in this situation has to be forced.

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    In a similar occasion just clear the cache and problem would be solved. I've ended up i such situation with every browser and it's stubborn till the moment I clear the cache and restart it.
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