"last browsing session closed unexpectedly"

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Jo-Anne, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Using WinXP and IE8. For the last several days, on starting IE, I get the
    message that the "last browsing session closed unexpectedly" and do I want
    to go to the last page or to my homepage. I always choose my homepage--but
    the thing is that the last browsing session did NOT close unexpectedly. I
    exited IE the normal way, and I had only one tab in use.

    I'd be grateful for help figuring this out and stopping it.

    Thank you!

    Jo-Anne, Oct 20, 2011
    1. Advertisements

  2. Jo-Anne

    Tony Vella Guest

    Hi Jo-Anne.

    Just to mention that it is also happening to me with IE9 and Vista rather
    frequently BUT not all the time, every time. It does become annoying once
    in a while, though.
    Tony Vella, Oct 20, 2011
    1. Advertisements

  3. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Mine isn't all the time either--but it's often enough to be annoying. Do you
    by chance also have a problem with the message "You are about to view pages
    over a secure connection" when you're not at such a page? I find that the
    message pops up on pages with Google ads, and I'm wondering if there's a

    Jo-Anne, Oct 20, 2011
  4. Jo-Anne

    Don Varnau Guest

    For the "last browsing session" error, work through add-ons troubleshooting.

    IEBlog Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode:

    This problem could also be caused by malware (spyware, trojan, virus, etc.)
    Has this computer *always* been protected by an up-to-date antivirus program
    or security suite?

    WRT the secure connection message, try these 2 settings:
    1. Internet Options> Advanced (near the end of the list) uncheck "Warn if
    changing between secure and not secure mode."
    2. Internet Options> Security> Internet Zone> Custom Level> (Misc section)
    "Display mixed content"> Enable.
    Hope this helps,
    Don Varnau, Oct 22, 2011
  5. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, Don! I'll check the Add-Ons to see if anything there is causing
    the problem. It's strange, though. I haven't changed any settings in quite a
    while, and this just started happening.

    I've been running Avira AntiVir since I bought this computer, over three
    years ago; and I update its definitions daily. I also scan the computer
    regularly with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Super-AntiSpyware.

    Re the secure connection issue, yes, unchecking "Warn if..." does stop the
    notice--but the notice itself is erroneous (and I do like to get the notice
    when it is for real). The erroneous notice appears on pages that do not have
    a secure connection; and it seems to occur only on pages that have Google
    ads. Moreover, if there's more than one Google ad on the page, I have to
    click out of the warning two or three times per page. I tried contacting
    Google, but its support person claimed this was a browser issue, not a
    Google issue. Several other people have the same problem; we tried the
    Microsoft Forums but got no help there. This has been going on since August,
    with a respite of about a week and a half. It started up again for all of us
    at the same time.

    I just tried your suggestion of enabling "Display mixed content," but it had
    no effect on the secure connection message.

    Thank you again!


    Jo-Anne, Oct 24, 2011
  6. Jo-Anne

    Don Varnau Guest

    If you do not find that a legitimate add-on is causing the "last browsing
    closed..." error, you should then suspect malware.

    Try this... go to Internet Options> Privacy. Verify that the slider is not
    on Accept all or Block all. Click on Sites.
    Add these to the Block list:

    Don Varnau, Oct 26, 2011
  7. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Hi, Don,

    I tried blocking the first of the three: adservices.google.com. What showed
    up in the box after I clicked on Block was google.com, not
    adservices.google.com. Then, when I tried to access Google Reader, it told
    me I had cookies turned off and would need to turn them on to be able to
    look at the websites I had aggregated there. So I had to unblock google.com.

    Jo-Anne, Oct 26, 2011
  8. Jo-Anne

    Don Varnau Guest

    OK. I didn't consider that problem.

    Try adding these lines to your HOSTS file: adservices.google.com google-analytics.com googleadservices.com

    How to do that...
    Make sure that Windows is showing hidden files and is not hiding file
    extensions for known file types (Control Panel> Folder Options> View)
    navigate to the HOSTS file at [C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc]

    Open the HOSTS file with notepad and add those lines just below the default
    content, like this...

    - - - -
    # For example:
    # rhino.acme.com # source server
    # x.acme.com # x client host localhost adservices.google.com google-analytics.com googleadservices.com
    - - - -
    Then click on File> Save and close Notepad.

    If this doesn't work or causes other problems, you can remove those lines
    and save the HOSTS file, to return it to the default (empty) state.

    More on the HOSTS file at http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/ and

    - - - - -

    Don Varnau, Oct 27, 2011
  9. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Hi, Don,

    Before playing with the HOSTS file, I thought I'd bring up something I just
    discovered that appears to deal with the "secure connection" issue. I can
    opt out of Google Ads, which stops the "secure connection" message; but the
    opt-out lasts only until the browser is closed. The very next time it's
    opened, the Ads are back, even though I have unchecked "Empty Temporary
    Internet Files folder when browser is closed."

    Google is now claiming to have a browser plug-in that will permanently stop
    the Ads from showing up. BUT of course you have to download it. It's at


    Although this plug-in theoretically opts one out of the DoubleClick cookie
    (and presumably out of Google Ads), is it possible that it puts some other
    form of tracking onto the computer that downloads it?

    Thank you again!


    Jo-Anne, Oct 29, 2011
  10. Jo-Anne

    Mayayana Guest

    --| Before playing with the HOSTS file,

    By all means, PLAY WITH THE HOSTS FILE.
    For some reason very few people seem to ever learn
    about the HOSTS file, but it's very easy to use, not
    at all risky, and provides a very simple way to filter
    out the vast majority of ads, because the vast majority
    are coming from only a few sources.

    If you want more info. and a sample HOSTS file,
    see here:


    There may be a connection between the secure page
    warning and Google's new emphasis on https. Https is
    becoming somewhat of a fad among the technorati lately.
    Also, most Google/Doubleclick ads are in a IFRAME. Ptting
    the image inside an IFRAME looks no different, but is very
    different technically. The IFRAME is actually another
    browser window, which allows the advertiser to set a
    3rd-party cookie regardless of whether you block 3rd-party
    cookies, because the page in the IFRAME is no longer
    3rd-party. If Google sets their ads on an https server
    then loading their ads would be connecting to a "secure"
    site. (How ironic. :)

    That's one of the myriad reasons why it's better not to
    use IE. In any Mozilla-related browser one can block
    3rd-party images and one can block IFRAMES. (Though
    the IFRAMES blocking requires editing a file, and only
    K-Meleon includes blocking 3rd-party images in the Settings
    window. Firefox used to have that setting, but they removed
    it when they began getting most of their funding from
    Google/Doubleclick. They also changed the name and setting
    values of that setting at the same time, to ensure that most
    people would never again block 3rd-party images in Firefox.
    But the setting can still be used.)

    | Google is now claiming to have a browser plug-in that will permanently
    | the Ads from showing up.

    Google's whole business model has become spying in order
    to target ads, so why would anyone do business with Google
    in any capacity? (Google+, GMail, Chrome.... they offer free,
    handy products but have no respect for common decency,
    and don't even pretend to. Eric Schmidt famously said at one
    point that anyone who wants privacy is suspicious.)
    Just use the HOSTS file.
    Mayayana, Oct 29, 2011
  11. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, Mayayana!

    I don't think Google's crappy ad setup has anything to do with https; the
    secure connection warning appears just as a "regular" webpage finishes
    opening, and you don't go to any other page if you click OK. Opting out of
    Google ads stops the warning from appearing. The issue is that I don't
    really want to download the "permanent" opt-out from Google if it's going to
    put some other kind of tracking device on my computer.

    My reluctance to work with the HOSTS file was simply that when I've made
    certain kinds of changes to try to deal with this issue, I've lost all my
    regular IE settings and had to create them again.

    I'll try the alterations in the HOSTS file; and if that doesn't work, I'll
    download another browser.

    Thank you again,

    Jo-Anne, Oct 29, 2011
  12. Jo-Anne

    Mayayana Guest

    | I don't think Google's crappy ad setup has anything to do with https; the
    | secure connection warning appears just as a "regular" webpage finishes
    | opening, and you don't go to any other page if you click OK.

    I understand, but there can be https links within the
    page. For instance:

    ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' :
    'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';

    You'll find something like that on many commercial webpages.
    It's part of script that uses https as part of the Google
    Analytics tracking system. It's for webmasters who don't
    know enough to read their own server logs. They add that
    code to their page and Google tracks visitors for them, getting
    the data for their own use in exchange.
    This kind of thing may not be the cause of what you're
    seeing, but it fits the description.

    | My reluctance to work with the HOSTS file was simply that when I've made
    | certain kinds of changes to try to deal with this issue, I've lost all my
    | regular IE settings and had to create them again.

    It's not like that. The HOSTS file dates back to the early
    days of networking. It's used to provide URL -> IP translation,
    as a DNS server does, which has nothing to do with browser
    settings. One can define a URL's IP address in
    the HOSTS file. Browsers check there before checking with
    a DNS server. In other words, if you go to time.com your
    browser first calls a DNS server to get the IP address -- the
    "real" numeric address of the time.com server. It then contacts
    the server at that address. The browser can't go anywhere without
    first knowing the IP address.

    Say time.com is and cnn.com is
    If you put a line in your HOSTS file like so: www.time.com

    then whenever you enter www.time.com in your browser you'll go
    to cnn.com! In other words, HOSTS is your personal phone
    book, where the browser looks up "phone numbers". It calls
    "Information" (a DNS server) only if the number is not already in
    your local list. happens to be the address of the local PC. So
    if you put the following into your HOSTS file: ads.doubleclick.net

    then your browser will think the ad from that domain is on your
    machine and will fail to load it! The whole thing is beautifully
    simple and does not involve anything like browser settings.
    The only catch is that you have to list all of the domains you
    want to block. ads.doubleclick.net is not the same as
    ad.doubleclick.net or ads.doubleclick.com, or ad.uk.doubleclick.net.

    (I've tried covering the whole thing by adding something like: doubleclick.net

    but I've never been able to confirm that that works.)

    It's that simple. The only other thing you need to know
    is that the first line of the HOSTS file should be like this: localhost

    Then you can block any domain server by adding
    another line: ad.doubleclick.net ads.doubleclick.com ads.doubleclick.net googleads.g.doubleclick.net adfarm.mediaplex.com

    # here's some to block being tracked by Facebook
    # Like buttons on webpages.
    # (assuming that you have no need to visit Facebook) facebook.com www.facebook.com connect.facebook.com

    Since most webpage spying and most ads involve
    outside links to one of a few dozen companies, it's
    not hard to block virtually all of it with a HOSTS file.
    And the nice thing is that you're not actually blocking
    ads from any website. They're still free to show you
    *honest* ads that are actually on their webpage.
    You're just not allowing them to send you to *another*
    website, one that you never chose to visit, surreptitiously.
    Mayayana, Oct 29, 2011
  13. Jo-Anne

    Don Varnau Guest

    Sorry... I'm back. And thanks to Mayayana for encouraging you to use the
    HOSTS file.

    I would add all of these to the HOSTS file, with the only potential problem
    being that, occasionally, something that you want to view will be blocked.
    For example, on a few sites, if you block the doubleclick cookie you can't
    see the Flash content.

    You should be able to copy and paste these into the HOSTS fie.
    - - - - adservices.google.com google-analytics.com googleadservices.com doubleclick.net ad.doubleclick.net ad2.doubleclick.net ad.terra.doubleclick.net ad.us.doubleclick.net m.doubleclick.net g.doubleclick.net m2.doubleclick.net m3.doubleclick.net m.us.doubleclick.net md1.doubleclick.net rd.intl.doubleclick.net rd.kr.doubleclick.net www3.doubleclick.net doubleclick.com www2.doubleclick.com www3.doubleclick.com
    - - - -

    Don Varnau, Oct 30, 2011
  14. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    I think I've figured out why I get that message, and it leads me to another
    recent problem. Sometimes when I click on a link in Google Reader (for
    example, I click on a headline to go to the full article elsewhere), nothing
    happens. Once that occurs, I can't get any link to work, at least through
    Google Reader. I exit IE8, power down, and restart. The restart seems to
    make everything work OK, but that's when I get the "last browsing session
    closed unexpectedly" message. I'm guessing that IE thinks it has been
    working to get me to the linked site even though I see nothing happening.

    Does this explanation seem reasonable? Also, why would the links stop
    working? It started happening around the time I first posted.

    Thank you!

    Jo-Anne, Nov 12, 2011
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.
Similar Threads
There are no similar threads yet.