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Forum topic by Sawkerf posted 07-18-2012 01:56 PM 2558 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2012 01:56 PM

Recently, I’ve been having problems when trying to “back out” of a page and return to the previous page. When I click the back button, some parts of the page “blink” but I don’t go anywhere.

The IE9 “Help” section lists some reasons this may happen, including sites diverting you to alternate pages. They also say that moving the mouse pointer to the back button then holding down the left mouse button will give you a list showing the current page and the page(s) you’ve been to. This usually shows me the path I’ve taken as I “drill down” on a page, but then I’ll get a list with several lines showing what appear to be connections to ads, and my “real” list is gone. .

Is this something caused by the websites? I get it in varying degrees on other sites (not all of them), but it’s most prevalent on LJ’s. I usually have to close my browser and start fresh to get back to where I want to be. This gets really annoying! – lol

If I can find my notes, I’ll post a screen shot showing the list

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 03:40 PM

This probably won’t help, but sometimes a browser won’t allow
a back-arrow click but will support this: try Alt+LeftArrow

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 04:08 PM

Step 1: Run a spyware/adware/virus check on your computer. Usually if you’re getting redirected to pages that weren’t your original history path, they have something to do with it.

Is it just IE9? Have you checked Firefox or Chrome to see if they are doing the same thing?

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 04:51 PM

Try a different browser if you have permission to install one (if you are at work, you may mot be able to). In general you should aviod using IE. Think of it like the crappy throw away blade that came with your table or band saw. It’s the crappy browser that came with your computer. Try Google Chrome or Firefox.


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#4 posted 07-18-2012 05:05 PM

Loren -
The back button works just fine most of the time. The problem occurs (to varying degrees) on sites with ads. Whenever I can’t back up, clicking and holding on the back button gives me a list of ???? instead of a list of where I’ve been.

Doss -
I don’t even have Firefox or Chrome. IE has always done what I needed so I’ve never seen much reason to change. It certainly has it’s faults, but it’s never been much of a problem before. I’m hoping that there’s a relatively easy fix so I don’t have to burn down the house to get rid of a few termites. – lol Since this only seems to happen on sites with ads, I’m wondering if the ads are somehow overwriting the list of where I’ve been. If so, do the site webmasters have a way to stop it? I posted this on LJ’s because the problem happens much more here than on any of the others.

Joe -
I knew that I should have asked folks to refrain from discussions about how lousy IE is. I’m asking for a solution to this problem – not asking for suggestions to toss it out and start over. Thanks, anyway. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 05:07 PM

How can you guys live with IE?
I have Chrome(which rules) and firefox(which my sister uses for FB)
I uninstalled Ie…

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 05:21 PM

Sawkerf, I don’t want to start a browser war either, but trust me, IE is terrible. Not only terrible, but can be dangerous to use. A lot of what I do for a living is internet security. My company doesn’t even allow use of IE expept to browse Microsoft sepcific, internal, sites (Sharepoint). IE has more security holes than any other product. Also because it is the most widely used (default) browser, it is also the most commonly targeted for exploits.

It’s not so much a usability/feature issue. Using IE can be a security risk if you are not vigilant about updates (there are so many of them, we in the industry call the first Tuesday of every month “Patch Tuesday”).

Another issue, and the one your are having here, is framework comparability. IE’s standards are awful and make web designers want to jump out of buildings. Since you can get any browser you want for free, web designers will standardize to webkit (Chrome, apple’s safari, and Opera I believe) and Mozilla’s Geko engine (Firefox). No one wants to create an entirely new framework for IE users – although a lot of websites do. When your browser requests information from a page, it tells the page what browser it is. This is also how less honest websites can exploit your unpatched security holes.

I hope you didn’t take this as a “Stop using IE because it’s not the cool thing to do!!” post. As a professional, and in my professional opinion, you should not use Internet Explorer


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#7 posted 07-18-2012 05:31 PM

Also, as a professional, I recommend IE. LOL I do a lot of applications that I have to standardize to IE b/c that’s the only browser the clients are allowed to use. Personally, I use Chrome as my standard browser and fall back to Firefox if something goes wrong.

At work I use Firefox for dev purposes and check compatibility with IE when I’m done.

You could always download IE again, uninstall your current one, clear it out completely (this gets a little advance if you do a complete uninstall as you will have to get into the registry), and then reinstall the fresh copy.

My opinion would be to switch to something like Firefox and get an ad blocker plug-in and see if the problem disappears. If it suddenly begins happening in Firefox as well, it’s time to disinfect your system.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 05:38 PM

I’m no IT pro, but I find when my browser starts to ask strange I can often eliminate the problems by clearing all the cache’s (history, downloads, cookies, cached pages…). Doesn’t always work, but often seems to.

-- John

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#9 posted 07-18-2012 05:39 PM

Doss, we do the same for the web2.0 portal crap or sharepoirnt repo’s, but that is generally over SSL/VPN/HTTPS anyway, never straight up internet. For general internet browsing I cannot safely recommend anyone use internet explorer.


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#10 posted 07-18-2012 06:15 PM

Get Firefox, it’s a free download! Problem solved.

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 06:34 PM

Hey Joe, that wasn’t a shot at ya as I know exactly what you’re saying. Some of the places I work are so heavily firewalled and blacklisted that pretty much everything is not approved for use or visiting. I’m surprised they even allow internet access at all actually. I was just offering a different perspective.

You can clear the cache, cookies, and history (etc.) and maybe it’ll work temporarily, but this sounds like something is wrong with the browser itself or some malware is affecting it.

And, simply switching browsers may not be the answer as there could be any number of things making this happen. While I suggest using Firefox, I know full well it doesn’t always solve the problem.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#12 posted 07-18-2012 06:39 PM

Try reinstalling IE or just get firefox or chrome, much better browsers

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#13 posted 07-18-2012 08:01 PM

Other browsers may help! IE is like a sieve for security and Microsoft has been trying to fix it forever.

The reason it appears to be so bad is because it is being attacked from so many different sources as it comes with every PC and therefore an obvious target. Apple didn’t have nearly this issue but they are starting to see some attacks too.

I use Firefox (from Mozilla) on my PC and Google (not Chrome) on my tablet and have not had any problems with either.

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#14 posted 07-18-2012 11:05 PM

It took a while to get back here while I was babysitting my new grandson. Daughter and Gramma had to go somewhere and I was pleased to discover that Grandpa hadn’t lost a step as far as babysitting. The little rascal even smiled at me – and don’t anyone try to tell me that it he didn’t mean it. He knows that Grandpa has his back!. Changing a diaper without any safety pins was something new, but I managed. – lol

Here’s a screen shot of what I get after 5-6 clicks and back clicks on LJ’s. This list has replaced the list I should see, and continued clicking of the back button just makes the list longer and the last line disappears. This started a couple of days ago, and restarting the computer doesn’t seem to help. The only way out is to shut down and start fresh – a major PITA.

Have any other IE users experienced this, or is it maybe something in my computer? I’ve used Norton 360 for several years and wonder if this is something Norton misses.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#15 posted 07-19-2012 03:35 AM

Sawkerf, I’m the most computer illiterate person on this site and I have the same problem. When the backspace button doesn’t work I just click on that blue arrow pointing left in the left upper corner of my screen. That works for me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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