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It's common to see runtime errors when visiting web sites in Internet Explorer. Unfortunately your options to deal with them are somewhat limited.
When browsing I constantly get a runtime error message asking if I want to debug. How can I stop this happening?
We can stop them, and I'll show you how.
But unfortunately they do indicate a problem. The good news, sort of, is that it's most often not your fault and there's little you can do to "fix it". The best we can do is ignore it.
The error message we're talking about looks much like this:
The "Line:" and specific error message that follows will be different.
Unless you're a web developer, "Do you wish to Debug?" is pretty pointless. The same thing will happen whether you say Yes or No: nothing.
There are three common causes for this error message:
Spyware. Much spyware, and even a few viruses, will install themselves into your browser or otherwise interfere with it on some way. Once again, poorly written spyware (and much of it is surprisingly poorly written) can cause these errors.
Aside form making sure you're spyware-free there's generally little you can do to fix the problem.
So we'll ignore it instead.
In Internet Explorer, click on the Tools menu, then Internet Options. In the resulting dialog click on the Advanced tab and you should be looking at something like this:
You'll see two items that begin "Disable script debugging ...":
Make sure that both of those are checked, and OK your way back out. Now you shouldn't see that error message again.
However, be aware that you didn't make the problem go away, you're just ignoring it. It's possible that the web page you're looking at won't work properly. My example above is fairly benign but there is some functionality on that particular page that isn't working, and won't work until I fix my code. Problems could range from something simple and benign to something more serious.
But aside from ensuring that you don't have spyware, there's little you can do.
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