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Errors happen. And they seem to happen much more frequently than you’d like when you’re using Internet Explorer, but that’s true of any web browser. What is particularly frustrating about errors in Internet Explorer is that you don’t always learn what it is that is actually causing the error in the first place.
When you see a message pop up at the bottom of your screen that there is an “Error on page”, it usually means one of two things. One – Internet Explorer isn’t able to read something on the page and needs a bit of help. Or two – Internet Explorer needs to be updated. Of course there are about two dozen other things that might conceivably go wrong, but you can usually make the message go away in one of two ways.
Making the Error Message Disappear
If you’re able to use the webpage you’re trying to reach and the error messages are simply a nuisance rather than a critical warning, you can simply disable them inside Internet Explorer. This isn’t as much of a cover-up as it sounds. An “Error on Page” indicates that the error is, in fact, localized to the page you’re trying to reach.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with your browser, its settings or the computer at large – it just means that some embedded code in the web-page (a script) isn’t being read right. Disabling the message just means that you’re not overly concerned with that particular page’s hang-ups, and your content to get rid of the annoying alerts.
To disable the warning buttons, click on Tools at the top of your Internet Explorer browser. (It looks like a little gear in the top right.)
In the Tools menu, click on Internet Options. The Internet Options menu will open. Click on the Advanced button to drill down a bit further.
Look through the list of choices for an option named “Disable a notification about every script error.” Check the box beside the options before clicking on Apply and then OK.
Close out the Internet Explorer window you’ve been working in and open up a new one to restart the browser. This should make the messages disappear as Internet Explorer will no longer feel the need to update you about every single time there’s an invalid character, or something in the script is undefined.
Please be aware that this isn’t actually fixing the errors – it’s just turning off the messages about them. Often with errors that show up in this way including problems with the url you’ve typed in or the website you’re trying to reach, to actually correct the problem you’ll have to dig quite a bit deeper.
The errors you may be seeing may be related to what you’ve typed in or clicked on to try and reach a particular webpage. Errors 404 and 405 are the official number for some of the most common internet browser problems. In these errors, something is either going wrong with the way you’re trying to pull up a site or a page in the site or there might be something wrong within the site itself. You can learn more about solving these types of errors here.
To access Add-Ons in . . .
Internet Explorer » go to the Settings Gear » Manage Add-ons
Google Chrome » got to the Settings Wrench » Tools » Extensions (enable by checkbox)
Firefox » go to the Main Menu » Add-ons
If you don’t have an add-on or plug-in you need, see if you can download it. Remember though that all three of the major browsers have dedicated ways to download and install resources. Don’t use third parties, but instead, use the in-browser shop to find what you’re looking for.
Updating Internet Explorer
If you’re still seeing errors after turning off the error message above, you should double-check that your Internet Explorer software is completely up to date. Microsoft will usually automatically update Internet Explorer along with your other Microsoft updates if you’re running Windows. But it never hurts to be sure, even if you are no longer seeing errors.
Go to Start and then Control Panel. Near the end of the options, select Windows Update.
Inside the menu for Windows Update, you’ll be notified of any updates that are required or recommended. Internet Explorer updates will be among these updates. Select Check for updates on the left to be sure you see all of the possibilities.
Download and install any updates that need to be installed – especially any that are for Internet Explorer.
Then, follow the instructions to restart your browser or computer and return to your website to see if the error persists.
If in the end and update doesn’t fix the problem and you’re not content with just sweeping these errors under the digital rug, you can try addressing a script error head on. See some of the below articles to get more information and help fixing the errors.