Typical Internet Explorer Errors
Microsoft Internet Explorer is a popular web browser used to surf the World Wide Web. When using it, you'll occasionally run into Internet Explorer errors. Some of these errors have nothing to do with your computer or anything you've done and instead reflect a condition outside of your control. Other Internet Explorer errors can be due to a setting you need to adjust or a typing mistake on your part. Another type of Internet Explorer errors does indicate a problem with your computer system. In order to troubleshoot Internet Explorer errors, it's important to figure out what type you are dealing with.
First, let's look at some of the typical Internet Explorer errors that occur that have nothing to do with your computer system:
- 401 Unauthorized – Either a password is incorrect or the server isn't receiving the appropriate encryption keys from your computer. Try re-entering your password and double check to see if CAPS LOCK is on.
- 404 File Not Found – The web page may no longer be online, you may have mistyped the URL, or internet congestion may be interfering. Sometimes by going to the root page of the URL and clicking the links until you find the topic you want works.
- 403 Access Denied/Forbidden – Usually indicates a password or user name problem. Try re-entering your information. Occasionally interference from firewalls or security programs can cause this.
- 408 Request Timeout – This can happen with slow web servers and large files. Try to let page load completely before clicking any links.
- 500 Internal Error – Usually a problem on the web server's end.
- 503 Service Unavailable – You could've lost your internet connection or the web server is busy. The website may have moved as well.
- Unable to Locate Host Error – You could've mistyped the URL, the host server could be down, or you may have lost your internet connection.
- Failed DNS Lookup – Your domain request can't be translated into a valid internet address. You could've mistyped the URL, the host server could be down, or you may have lost your internet connection.
- Errors on Page – The page may not have loaded completely. Do you see a "Done" in the lower left part of the screen? Wait for the "Done" before clicking any links. It could also indicate missing items on the web page or a connectivity problem.
- Connection Refused by Host – Do you have permission to access the web site? Did you enter your password properly?
Many Internet Explorer errors can be solved by tweaking your settings or downloading a free scan and repairing registry related errors. One such example is the runtime error.
Runtime Error – "A runtime error has occurred. Do you wish to debug? Line number Error: Permission Denied." This type of Internet Explorer error can be solved by disabling script debugging in the Advanced section of the options found in Internet Explorer. Various versions have similar steps. Go to the Tools menu of Internet Explorer, choose Internet Options and click the Advanced tab. Scroll through until you find "Disable script debugging" and click it. Then make sure there's no check mark in the line called "Display a notification about every script error."
Finally, Internet Explorer errors can also occur locally on your own computer system due to file corruption, a lack of available resources, malware infections, and conflicts.
Add-on features such as ActiveX Controls, tool bars, Browser Helper Objects, and other components can interfere with the browser and may generate Internet Explorer errors. Other programs and device drivers can also interfere with Internet Explorer and cause a variety of Internet Explorer errors.
The best way to troubleshoot Internet Explorer errors is to let software help you out. You'll need three types: anti-virus software, anti-spyware software, and a registry cleaning utility. Each of these utilities will clean up your system of nasty unwanted programs and system clogging junk all of which can cause Internet Explorer errors along with thousands of other potential computer problems.