How to Fix an Internet Explorer Runtime Error

By Andrew Smith

Internet Explorer "runtime errors" may occur from time to time when using Internet Explorer to surf the Web. These errors can be extremely irritating as they will keep the web page you've navigated to from opening in Internet Explorer. There are a handful of different things that can create Internet Explorer runtime errors. Fortunately, there is also a remedy for each problem. Here are several different ways you can attempt to fix an Internet Explorer runtime error.

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer. Click "Tools" at the top of IE. Select "Internet Options" and the Internet Options window will appear. Seven tabs are located at the top of that window. Click the "Advanced" tab. Once you do, a scroll box will appear in the middle of the window. Scroll down until you see "Disable script debugging (Internet Explorer)" and "Disable script debugging (other)." Click on both of these options and a check mark should appear in the boxes next to those options. Then, click "Apply" at the bottom of the window. Click "OK" to close the window.

Step 2

Change the security settings in Internet Explorer. Open the Internet Options window in IE once more. This time, click the "Security" tab. Then, click the "Default level" button in the middle of the window. Click "Apply" and then "OK" when you're done.

Step 3

Check your computer for spyware and adware. Any of these infections could cause you to experience runtime errors while using Internet Explorer. Remember to close Internet Explorer and update your anti-spyware/adware program before you run a scan.

Step 4

Run a separate scan for viruses on your computer. Viruses, like spyware, can cause a "Runtime Error" message to appear on your screen when you are trying to open a web page with Internet Explorer. Just as in Step 3, you should close IE and then update your anti-virus software before you scan the computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember that a runtime error may also be caused by a fault in the website you are trying to view. Check the website later in the day to see if you can open that site with Internet Explorer. You can find links for anti-malware programs in the Resources section below.

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