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Old 10-20-2011, 05:30 AM   #1
Jo-Anne
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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



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Old 10-20-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: "last browsing session closed unexpectedly"

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
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


"Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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> 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
>


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Old 10-20-2011, 04:30 PM   #3
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Default Re: "last browsing session closed unexpectedly"

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
connection...

Jo-Anne


"Tony Vella" <tony.vella@rogers.com> wrote in message
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> 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
> Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
>
>
> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne@nowhere.com> wrote in message
> news:j7oamf$ci2$1@dont-email.me...
>> 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
>>

>



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Old 10-22-2011, 01:30 PM   #4
Don Varnau
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Hi,
For the "last browsing session" error, work through add-ons troubleshooting.

IEBlog Troubleshooting and Internet Explorerís (No Add-ons) Mode:
http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/07/25/678113.aspx

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


"Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne[at]nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:j7pi88$t9c$1@dont-email.me...
> 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
> connection...


> > "Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne[at]nowhere.com> wrote in message
> > news:j7oamf$ci2$1@dont-email.me...
> >> 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.


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Old 10-24-2011, 02:30 AM   #5
Jo-Anne
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Default Re: "last browsing session closed unexpectedly"

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

"Don Varnau" <dvarnau@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hi,
> For the "last browsing session" error, work through add-ons
> troubleshooting.
>
> IEBlog Troubleshooting and Internet Explorerís (No Add-ons) Mode:
> http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/07/25/678113.aspx
>
> 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
>
>
> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne[at]nowhere.com> wrote in message
> news:j7pi88$t9c$1@dont-email.me...
>> 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
>> connection...

>
>> > "Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne[at]nowhere.com> wrote in message
>> > news:j7oamf$ci2$1@dont-email.me...
>> >> 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.

>



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Old 10-26-2011, 02:30 PM   #6
Don Varnau
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Hi,
Clarification...
If you do not find that a legitimate add-on is causing the "last browsing
closed..." error, you should then suspect malware.

Google...
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:
adservices.google.com
google-analytics.com
googleadservices.com

Don


"Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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> 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.


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Old 10-26-2011, 08:30 PM   #7
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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

"Don Varnau" <dvarnau@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:j893ck$sc1$1@dont-email.me...
> Hi,
> Clarification...
> If you do not find that a legitimate add-on is causing the "last browsing
> closed..." error, you should then suspect malware.
>
> Google...
> 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:
> adservices.google.com
> google-analytics.com
> googleadservices.com
>
> Don
>
>
> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne@nowhere.com> wrote in message
> news:j82hvk$1r9$1@dont-email.me...
>> 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.

>



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Old 10-27-2011, 12:30 PM   #8
Don Varnau
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OK. I didn't consider that problem.

Try adding these lines to your HOSTS file:
127.0.0.1 adservices.google.com
127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1 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:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost

127.0.0.1 adservices.google.com
127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1 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
http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

Don
- - - - -

"Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne[at]nowhere.com> wrote in message
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> 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.

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Old 10-29-2011, 02:30 AM   #9
Jo-Anne
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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

http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin/

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


"Don Varnau" <dvarnau@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:j8bipa$2a9$1@dont-email.me...
> OK. I didn't consider that problem.
>
> Try adding these lines to your HOSTS file:
> 127.0.0.1 adservices.google.com
> 127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
> 127.0.0.1 googleadservices.com
>
> How to do that...
> Make sure that Windows is showing hidden files and is not hiding file
> extensions for known file types (Control Panel> Folder Options> View)
> navigate to the HOSTS file at [C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc]
>
> Open the HOSTS file with notepad and add those lines just below the
> default
> content, like this...
>
> - - - -
> # For example:
> #
> # 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
> # 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host
>
> 127.0.0.1 localhost
>
> 127.0.0.1 adservices.google.com
> 127.0.0.1 google-analytics.com
> 127.0.0.1 googleadservices.com
> - - - -
> Then click on File> Save and close Notepad.
>
> If this doesn't work or causes other problems, you can remove those lines
> and save the HOSTS file, to return it to the default (empty) state.
>
> More on the HOSTS file at http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/ and
> http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm
>
> Don
> - - - - -
>
> "Jo-Anne" <Jo-Anne[at]nowhere.com> wrote in message
> news:j89o26$lg9$1@dont-email.me...
>
>> 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.
>



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Old 10-29-2011, 02:30 PM   #10
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| Google is now claiming to have a browser plug-in that will permanently
stop
| the Ads from showing up.

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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.



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