After crash, some sites (mostly blogs) don't open in IE7

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Douglas Jole, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. Douglas Jole

    Douglas Jole Guest

    I am running IE7 (7.0.5730.11) on Windows XP Service Pack 3.
    I just installed SP3 earlier this week, and had no problems at all running
    any program on my system.

    But something weird happened today. Something hung in my system, while I had
    IE7 up (I think I was also running Adobe 8 Professional, and maybe something
    else that I can't remember.) I couldn't soft-reboot the system (ctrl-alt-del
    didn't open the Windows Task Manager), so I reset the computer.
    After rebooting, and reopening IE7, I tried to visit a few blogs that I have
    bookmarked (for example, IE7 begins to open the sites, and
    I can actually read the content (text and images) for a few seconds, but then
    the error message appears:
    Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site Http://xxx.yyy.zzz.
    Operation aborted.
    Yet the site is actually open in the background.
    I have done the following;
    1) System restore to an earlier, known good version of SP3.
    2) Reset IE7 to its default.
    I can read OTHER sites, so it's not an internet connectivity issue.
    I can open the sites in question in other browsers (Opera, Firefox), so it's
    not a server or site problem.
    I am running an anti-virus program (regularly updated), which did a system
    scan today and reported no virus. I doubt it's a virus problem.
    I have checked the knowledge databases here, and done a lot of poking around
    in Microsoft knowledge databases and so on, but I am unable to find an answer
    to my problem here.

    So, wise ones, what can I do next to try to restore IE7? Should I (or can
    I?) reinstall it (since it may be broken internally)?
    Douglas Jole, Aug 2, 2008
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  2. The exact same thing is happening to me! Earlier today I had no problems
    accessing sites that I always have, but then this evening the error message
    "cannot open site Operation aborted" has been popping up on
    certain blog sites (, I've searched
    around on my computers as well, and the same problem is occuring on my
    laptop. Please! Somebody help me!

    Anna Halliwell, Aug 2, 2008
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  3. This has been happening to me also tonight, very frustrating. I haven't had a
    crash prior to it not working, like you mentioned Douglas. Mine just wouldn't
    load some of my favorite blogs I read but start to display them, and then the
    error message pops up and finally closes the page altogether. I wonder if
    there's not a bug? I ran my Norton AV Live Update thinking maybe there was a
    patch to some security issue, but it still doesn't work. Hmm? Any ideas
    Sharon Zimmer, Aug 2, 2008
  4. Douglas Jole

    Dreggas Guest

    Same thing happened to me today but it wasn't after any crash, it just won't
    open certain blogs etc. and it seems due to embedded videos in the blogs. I
    can browse to the same blogs with Firefox and the only thing different is the
    fact they have embedded videos in the posts. It's really REALLY annoying.
    Dreggas, Aug 2, 2008
  5. Douglas Jole

    Dreggas Guest

    Same thing happens here, however there was no crash in IE for me. The problem
    seems directly related to visiting blogs that have embedded videos in them,
    or any site with embedded video. It's really, really annoying since I have to
    switch between IE and FF in order to view stuff. This looks like some sort of
    stealth annoyance since yesterday (and quite a bit of today) I could go to
    these sites with no problem.
    Dreggas, Aug 2, 2008
  6. Douglas Jole

    Dreggas Guest

    It's not the AV program, this is happening on any blogs or sites with
    embedded videos. It started sometime today. See reply above. I have been
    having to use FF just to get to dKos or Balloon-juice.
    Dreggas, Aug 2, 2008
  7. Douglas Jole

    Laura Guest

    The same thing has been happening to me. Tried to look at The
    site loads up and the the message, "cannot open site
    Operation aborted" appears and boots you off the site. Really annoying. It
    must be an IE7 problem. Any ideas of how to fix it?
    Laura, Aug 2, 2008
  8. Is there a way to report this problem to Microsoft? They have so many darn
    sites I wouldn't know where to start looking for a report an issue form!
    Anyone here know how to do this?
    Sharon Zimmer, Aug 2, 2008
  9. Douglas Jole

    Chris Allen Guest


    Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs suspects it may have something to
    do with, since that site also triggers the "operation aborted"
    message. And the error isn't necessarily preceded by a computer hang; I
    didn't experience anything unusual before I started getting the messages
    (which didn't occur at all up to yesterday).

    Chris Allen
    Chris Allen, Aug 2, 2008
  10. Douglas Jole

    Douglas Jole Guest

    Well, I hope that's the problem. That means it's not MY problem! ;-)
    Douglas Jole, Aug 2, 2008
  11. Douglas Jole

    IrishDaz Guest

    I have a similar problem, I suffered a crash for no obvious reason (the first
    in over a year) and had to reformat & reinstall windows etc. Having
    reinstalled IE7 and all of the current updates (some of which wouldn't
    install untilI followed the workround on another thread) I find that my own
    website never had a problem before) and some
    others, now have the "operation aborted" issue. I see the site for a few
    seconds then it disappears when the error message appears. Oddly, if I open
    another tab and then go back the first in a minute or two, the site has
    It appears that the crash, the update issue, and now the website issue, may
    all be part of a bug possibly downloaded as part oiof auto updates, but I
    can't find any reference to this on the support site. Anyone have any ideas?
    Anyone at Microsoft monitoring this?
    IrishDaz, Aug 2, 2008
  12. Douglas Jole

    IrishDaz Guest

    Should havre added that there is no video on my homepage, and only a couple
    of small images.
    IrishDaz, Aug 2, 2008
  13. Douglas Jole

    Don Varnau Guest

    Windows XP? Visit your page and click on IE> VIew> Privacy report. Are any
    cookies shown as "blocked."

    Are you running a third-party program which would be blocking cookies or
    other content?

    Are any of the sites listed in the Privacy report in your HOSTS file?
    To check the HOSTS file in Windows XP or Vista...
    Make sure that Windows is showing hidden files and is
    not hiding file extensions for known file types then check for a HOSTS file
    at [C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc] Open the HOSTS file with notepad. If
    there are entries you wish to disable, you can put the pound sign (#) in
    front an entry to disable it. Then File> Save. Or you can rename the HOSTS
    file to HOSTS.OLD to disable it.

    A number of third-party security/antispyware programs use the HOSTS file to
    block cookies or other content.

    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Aug 2, 2008
  14. Douglas Jole

    Hallie Guest

    I have had no crash and my blog does not display video, but yet the same
    thing is happening to myself and other people I know. It started some time
    Hallie, Aug 2, 2008
  15. Douglas Jole

    Kevin Butler Guest

    The same issues are happening with me also but I never had a crash in IE7.
    Also tried on a computer with SP2 but with IE7 and the same problems are
    occurring. Firefox has no issues.

    Will try on a computer with IE6 to see if the same problem occurs.
    Kevin Butler, Aug 2, 2008
  16. Ok. So maybe Microsoft fixed the bug, because the error is not happening
    anymore (so far!). Let's hope it's taken care of!
    Anna Halliwell, Aug 2, 2008
  17. PA Bear [MS MVP], Aug 2, 2008
  18. Douglas Jole

    Hallie Guest

    Sitemeter is the culprit. Remove the code and it should work fine.
    Hallie, Aug 2, 2008
  19. Douglas Jole

    IrishDaz Guest

    it seems that Sitemeter was indeed the problem!. as I no longer use it anyway
    (now prefer free web stuff) I've removed it and cured the error!

    thanks lubosch
    IrishDaz, Aug 2, 2008
  20. Douglas Jole

    caroline Guest

    Thanks for the info to be able to access my blog. Until sitemeter gets this
    bug fixed, I will still be unable to access other people's blogs from IE7
    that use sitemeter, right??
    caroline, Aug 2, 2008
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