I use Linux , I'm in the US on a US server and everything has worked fine for the past year until I installed Google Chrome. Uhm... IE. it's Google Chrome's fault. it redirects me to google.co.uk which is really weird... all of my settings are set to english, my region is set to US, my google preferences are set to english. It is really puzzling that it would redirect my www.google.com to google.co.uk
With all that said, www.google.com/ncr fixed my problem.