Update: Sitemeter has fixed the bug (click). Now, you may return the Sitemeter script wherever you like. The text below therefore becomes interesting for curious minds only.This posting is primarily addressed to those webmasters who experience a similar problem.
If your web page contains a Sitemeter counter, Internet Explorer users eventually see an "Operation aborted" error message. Once they click OK, the whole page disappears and is replaced by a blank page.
Quick fix: If you don't need Sitemeter so much and you want to simplify the life of 1/2 of your visitors, just remove the Sitemeter portion of your HTML code. Otherwise, continue to read.The behavior began yesterday because Sitemeter updated their scripts. Unfortunately, they forgot about a bug of the Internet Explorer that has been causing a similar "Operation aborted" error with many scripts (for example, this blog used to have a "welcome message" that identified your place: it used to crash MSIE, too). See a technical explanation of the bug at
This bug should be fixed in Internet Explorer 8. (You may download IE8 beta 1 now.) It is also absent in Firefox 3.0.1 and Opera 9.51 which are also faster than MSIE 7 and which are recommended to the visitors.
Meanwhile, there are several methods to fix the problem on the webmaster's side. One of them is to use the simplified, script-free counter:
<a href="http://s24.sitemeter.com/stats.asp?site=s24lumidek" target="_top">Obviously, s24 and s24lumidek must be replaced by your identifiers. The disadvantage is that the icon is actually not displayed now, due to another bug. But you will see all the information about your visitors, except for the referring URL. They are counted.
<img src="http://s24.sitemeter.com/meter.asp?site=s24lumidek" alt="Site Meter" border="0"/></a>
And finally, one more advise for the visitors of the Internet who encounter important crashing websites with the Sitemeter (whose webmasters haven't yet fixed the problem) and who can't or don't want to change their IE7 browser: Add Sitemeter among the restricted sites.
1. Open "Tools" / "Options" in the menuThanks to papertiger for reporting the error.
2. Click "Security" tab
3. Select "Restricted Sites"
4. Click "Sites" button
5. Under "Add this website to this zone", enter "*.sitemeter.com" without the quotes
6. Click "Add" button
7. Close windows using "Close" or "OK", not "Cancel".
After that, and without a restart, Sitemeter's thwartage is thwarted!
Many alternative solutions are written above. Because they may look somewhat chaotic, let's summarize them. IE7 users may
- download IE8 beta 1 (beta 2 will be released next week)
- download Firefox
- download Opera
- add Sitemeter.com among restricted sites