X mark hidden picture

Posted on 2007-08-03
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Dear Sir/Madam:

I have windows Xp professional with sp2 installed and also all the recomended and custom updates are installed up-to-date but still when open few websites I am unable to see the pictures only X mark's are visible inside the rectangular or square boxes , i tired selecting the X mark and say show picture but still same problem as well for few websites i will get the following message in the internet explorer
 "Some pictures have been blocked to help prevent the sender from identifying your computer Click to download the pictures" if i click on this then i can see the picture but in some cases even i click iam not able to see the picture finally it only remains as X mark with unknown picture , please help me to resolve this .

Question by:D_wathi
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    Accepted Solution

    There are a variety of reasons that this is happening but basically XP is trying to protect you from images that are behaving in a suspicious manner.  

    You can change the settings in Windows using the following link:

    Bear in mind that sometimes it is not just Windows that is blocking the images and it could be a third party firewall, anti-virus or anti-spyware package you have installed.

    Be aware that some images are being blocked to prevent your computer being identified to potential spam lists.
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    Assisted Solution

    Hi D_wathi

    If you right click these x and select properties, it should give you the name of the file it's trying to view, can you post the link - it should be something like or image.png  Can you also tell me what browser you're using and what version it is.

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    Assisted Solution

    If you are using Norton, it may be the culprit.
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    Assisted Solution


    Go to IE Tools, Internet Options and check the advanced tab, go to multimedia and see whether show pictures is ticked.

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