Fix for error message; can't open page that's already open?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Goffee, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. Goffee

    Goffee Guest

    I get the message "Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site" for a
    page that I've been happily reading for 20-30 seconds. I click OK to exit the
    error and the page blanks to show the standard cannot open page error. All
    this despite the fact I was halfway through the article that IE7 apparently
    can't load.

    The page seems to have loaded fine, although it may still be downloading
    adverts/background furniture. Currently, I press Back and get the page I was
    looking at with no sign of the message. But that's not a proper fix.

    The error has started this morning, never been seen by me after 2 months of
    Vista Beta and IE7. It has happened five/six times on random webpages viewed
    over an office network connection, I've already disabled my wireless to see
    if it was switching networks. Any ideas on how to stop this annoying

    Thanks in advance.
    Goffee, Jan 29, 2007
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  2. Goffee

    Earl Grey Guest

    Hi Gofee:

    More than likely Internet Explorer is responding to something that is
    still trying to load while you are reading the page. And yes, it's quite
    possibly an advertisement.

    You don't have the problem when you use the Back button because you are
    seeing a cached copy of the web page that doesn't contain the ad.

    There could be many causes for this issue, among them:
    1 - The web server sending the content is not able to send, because of
    its own problems.
    2 - Your security software is blocking the content.

    Earl Grey
    Earl Grey, Jan 29, 2007
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  3. Goffee

    Goffee Guest

    Thanks for replying, I understand most of your answer. However, since its
    random sites causing the error, I don't see their host servers being a
    problem, unless they all use a common ad server.

    On the security side, I'm using the LiveOne Beta - I keep seeing the
    firewall status changes messages whenever I switch networks but see no
    warnings about content blocking. I'd hope I would see a message from that
    before IE tells me about it.

    Since this has just started happening, I wondered if anyone else is getting
    it. Possibly as the result of an ad-farm being DDoSed into oblivion? Either
    way I don't think IE7 has improved much on IE6 in the quality of error
    reporting, shame.
    Goffee, Jan 29, 2007
  4. Goffee

    Earl Grey Guest

    Hi Gofee:

    A little add-on by way of explanation:

    These days many web pages are cobbled together with content from several
    different servers. If 'random sites' all get ads from the same web
    server, and that server is not delivering, those random web sites will
    all exhibit the same behavior.

    But it's equally likely that your security software is just trying to do
    its job.

    Something else to keep in mind: IE 7 is a much more locked down browser
    than IE 6, and not all web sites are with the program yet.

    Earl Grey
    Earl Grey, Jan 29, 2007
  5. Error message when you start Internet Explorer 7 or try to access a Web
    site: "Internet Explorer cannot display the Webpage"
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Jan 30, 2007
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