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How to Fix Facebook “Bad Request” Errors

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I get these Facebook “Bad Request” errors all of the time when entering sweepstakes. I finally decided to figure out what was going on and find a fix for them.

If you get a bad request error it is usually after you enter a sweepstakes but in rare cases I have seen it before I try to enter. It looks like this:

Fixing Facebook Bad Request Errors

Error: Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand. Size of a request header field exceeds server limit

The issue could be a corrupt cookie since it shows the word Cookie in the error – see above. A cookie is a file that is placed on your computer when you visit a site. You can easily delete it without causing any problems.

Clear the cache and the cookies from sites that cause problems.

NOTE: When you delete Facebook cookies it will log you out of Facebook and you will have to log in again. I suggest you delete any cookie that has the word Facebook in it.

I also suggest you search and delete cookies for the follow apps since they are used to run sweepstakes and could have been corrupted once a sweepstakes has ended. They continue to try to use the same cookie when a new sweepstakes is listed using that app.

  • Offerpop
  • Woobox
  • Wildfire

Firefox Instructions:

Clear the Cache:

  • Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Offline Storage (Cache): Clear Now

Remove Cookies from individual sites causing problems:

  • Tools > Options > Privacy > Remove Individual Cookies > Search for Facebook

Internet Explorer Instructions:

Clear the Cache:

  • Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Offline Storage (Cache): Clear Now

Remove Cookies from individual sites causing problems:

Tools > Options > Privacy > Remove Individual Cookies > Search for Facebook

Google Chrome Instructions:

Clear the Cache:

  • Chrome Menu (far right) > Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Privacy > Content Settings > All Cookies and Site Data > Search for Facebook or other terms

Remove Cookies from individual sites causing problems:

Tools > Options > Privacy > Remove Individual Cookies > Search for Facebook

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Comments

  1. lydia goodman says:

    THANK YOU!!!!! These bad request messages were driving me crazy!

  2. garianne draves says:

    thanks, hope this will work!

  3. Marie Beauregard says:

    Thank you so much! I was having problems with the Windows Phone contest and was able to remove the individual cookie and it works again!

  4. I use a Google Chrome extension called Cookies to manage my cookies. You can make a list of cookies you want deleted and just click one button to do it. If this link doesn’t work, just search for the word Cookies in the Chrome web store:
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cookies/iphcomljdfghbkdcfndaijbokpgddeno?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

  5. Sue Brandes says:

    Thank you!

  6. I sure wish I knew how to fix my messages page on Facebook. Every time I click on it I get a white screen. Cannot even see old messages. FB can be such a pain!!

  7. Allison says:

    Thanks for stepping it out for me too, I would be at it all day!

  8. Christine M says:

    Thanks!

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