Script Error in Internet Explorer Windows XP

Posted on 2011-05-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I have a freshly re-installed (from the recovery drive) HP Computer pavilion computer running Windows XP that is throwing up Script Errors while in Internet Explorer. I was thinking that it was a certain web page, but it is other well-known pages as well.

The error messages is a follows:

  Internet Explorer Script Error

  !  An Error has occured in the script on this page
  Line 496 (but varies)
  Char 15 (but varies)
  Error: Expected ")"   (this also varies)
  Code 0
  URL: gives the address of the page I'm on
  Do you want to continue running scripts on this page?
    Yes   No

If I say No, it will continue with the various errors, finally culminating in the "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to you want to send an error report" message; otherwise, I have to go into Task Mgr and close the window from there in order to get out of it.

In the Properties/Advanced/Browsing, I have made sure that there are check marks in both "Disable script debugging (Internet Explorer)" and "Disable script debugging (other)" as well as no check in the "Display a notification about every script error", this was actually the default setting and had not been changed.

Other Info that may be helpful:
Prior to re-install, this was not an issue.
I simply re-installed this computer to give it a "fresh start"
I read that someone created a new local profile and that fixed their problem, but didn't work for me.
Previously, the web pages seemed to be working, but I would get an occasional "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close error"...but only AFTER I had close the IE window.
I re-installed the OS on this computer only 3 days ago.

Thanks for the help!
Question by:NCDebbi
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    Expert Comment

    What version of IE are you running? If you are running IE8 or higher try adjusting the compatibility view settings.
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    Accepted Solution

    Disable third party browser extensions, restart Internet Explorer, and see if you still ge the errors. If disabling browser extensions remedies the issue, enable them one at a time to identify which extension is causing the errors.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the suggestion, but even with "Display all websites in Compatibility View", it's still throwing the script errors

    Author Comment

    Thanks austinstace.

    I was able to trap the offending add-on and disable it. Never would have thought of that since it was a fresh installation. So appreciative of the help! :)

    Author Comment

    FYI...the offending add-on was popkill class by Zero Knowledge Systems, Inc
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    Expert Comment

    Glad to help.

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