What Happened to Operation Aborted?

You browse to your favorite news site. The content starts loading, you've already started reading the headline, and then it happens. Those of you familiar with the operation aborted dialog know that it spells sudden doom for the website you're currently viewing. Unsuspecting users have no idea what it means and simply click 'OK' and then watch in horror as the web page they were just reading disappears; only to be replaced by an navigation error screen. More savvy users move the dialog out of the way so that they can finish reading what was visible before they too accept the inevitable...

This dialog (and its side-effects) is gone in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1.

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Have you ever seen this dialog while surfing the web in Internet Explorer?

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this sounds like it was written by those good ol' sensationalists over at the register "..then watch in horror as the web page they were just reading disappears..." lol

I have seen this dialog a few times while browsing Neowin. Pretty annoying as it does not explain why it happened. Usually clearing the dialog and then hitting the back button fixes it though.

Unsuspecting users have no idea what it means and simply click 'OK' and then watch in horror as the web page they were just reading disappears; only to be replaced by an navigation error screen. More savvy users move the dialog out of the way so that they can finish reading what was visible before they too accept the inevitable...

or you just click ok and then refresh and it works fine.

IE8 Beta 1 doesn't work well with websites yet. I am surprised Firefox 3 works as well as it does. I'm eager for the next beta, I'm ready to get rid of IE7.

YES! i hate this error and never really knew why it happened.... the only way i could get around it, was reload the page and be quick enough to hit the stop button before it got the error...

i'm glad the only place i use IE is at work....

I think most people have seen this from time to time - usually due to a dodgy Javascript the site is trying to load. It's hardly the harbinger of death that the article sensationalises though.

I've been using Internet Explorer since 1.0 back 13 years ago.

I've never seen this error.

What I have seen, and what does bother me with IE, it doesn't matter what version (I think IE8 still does it), but when I right click and go to save a JPG or GIF, IE wants to save it as UNTITLED.BMP.

UNTITLED.BMP

UNTITLED.BMP

UNTITLED.BMP

Just another reason Firefox is so nice.

I have one reliable way to reproduce that; find a thread on Neowin here with an image that's been "shrunk" to fit on the page. Click to blow it up, and try and save the image that opens in the new window/tab. UNTITLED.BMP strikes again!

Now, right click -> save target directly on the shrunken image works fine... howabout that, eh?

The reason this happens is because the cache is full. Clear the cache, refresh, and you should be able to save as the source format again.

(MaceX said @ #17.3)
The reason this happens is because the cache is full. Clear the cache, refresh, and you should be able to save as the source format again.

Yep, I agree with this and think that's why. It's some kind of bug in IE.

They don't have this in Firefox. ;)

I remember those days in IE though. I hated those boxes when they happened to pop up.

Haha yea, mostly on Neowin actually, but it came and went. I used to browse a site called Flexbeta, but I couldn't view ANY OF THE SITE because the stupid dialog kept popping up every single time. So I gave up trying...

Ive never seen this either. Makes you think what people are doing to their browsers or what kind of websites they are visiting that causes this dialog to appear. pr0n!

(Titoist said @ #6)
Ive never seen this either. Makes you think what people are doing to their browsers or what kind of websites they are visiting that causes this dialog to appear. pr0n!

it used to appear quite a lot on neowin (seems to have gone now), some kind of problem in the java script (endless loop i guess)

Good grief! I must have been the only person in the world to have ever seen this! Let me tell you, it was frustrating that I clicked OK and the whole page went away.

(markjensen said @ #3.1)
Good grief! I must have been the only person in the world to have ever seen this!

Nope, you're not alone there. I've seen it many times, most of the time here on Neowin!

(MightyJordan said @ #3.2)

Nope, you're not alone there. I've seen it many times, most of the time here on Neowin! :D

Yeah. It happens to me too and ONLY on Neowin and quite frequent. I can't get that effect to happen on other sites. But lately, I have not come accross this error. It kinda vanish. My thought was that it has something to do with the ads. So now that I have an A/V that takes care of that problem, that "side-effects" seems to disappear.