Troubleshooting an IE Runtime Error

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If you frequently use the Internet Explorer web browser, there may be times where you encounter an IE runtime error. This often occurs when trying to load a web page. In most cases, you will receive an error message that reads: "A Runtime Error has occurred. Do you wish to debug". Whereas some errors point to a single problem, an IE runtime error could actually be the result of various issues.

What Causes IE Runtime Errors?

Most of the time, an IE runtime error is a sign of a script error on the web page you are trying to view. Because of this, IE runtime errors are often the result of design flaws made by the developer. Unfortunately, as a visitor of the website, there is not much you can do, apart from contacting the webmaster and informing them of the problem.

Working Around an IE Runtime Error

If scripting is the root of the problem, there are a few ways to get around your IE runtime error. You can start by launching Internet Explorer, clicking on "Tools" and selecting "Internet Options". Next, click the "Advanced" tab. Check the box beside "Disable Script Debugging" and uncheck the box next to "Display a notification about every script error." Lastly, click on "OK" to save the changes.

After you have followed these steps, try to open the web page and see if the run time errors still show up. Keep in mind that this will not necessarily fix the issue, yet eliminate the error messages popping up on your screen. In this event, you may find that the web page you are trying to view is lacking some of its key functions.

Here is another trick that can be employed to help out with an IE runtime error.

First, make sure Internet Explorer is shut down. Next, open the "Start" menu and click on "Control Panel." Double-click the "Internet Options" icon and click the "Advanced" tab. Uncheck the box beside "Enable third-party browser extensions" and click "OK" to close out the process. If this method works, it usually means a third-party browser plugin is causing all of the problems.

By disabling the extensions, you should be able to get rid of your run time errors, however, you may also be devoid of common features like Java and Flash. The best long-term solution would be locating the specific extension and disabling it.


Though script errors are often the main culprit, IE runtime errors can also be due to spyware programs that have been unknowingly installed on your computer. This is a problem that needs to be solved with a reliable anti-spyware tool. Another cause could be a security program with good intentions of keeping you safe, yet it interferes with the scripts on a web page. Because the web is congested with so many threats, it is advisable to leave your security settings alone and get to the root of the problem. The best way to do that is through the use of a registry cleaning program with the ability to detect and remove errors from the Windows registry.

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Jules Peters is a software engineer by profession. She is now a full-time online technical writer at, where her mantra is 'repair Windows with me'.

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This article was published on 2010/04/01