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gifs in IE 6 showing red x

by fspraetz / April 12, 2006 9:44 PM PDT

I amusing WIN XP Media Edition & IE 6.0.
Here's an example -
When I open there always a banner/ad of some sort on the right side - today it's a ad. All I see is the red x.
I have checked that my internet options to show pictures is checked. I have verified the my encoding is correct.

Does anyone have another idea? This is driving me nuts. I have 2 PC's in the house & the other older one is fine. I have tried to do a comparion of everything under Options, advanced and they are identical - with one excpetion - Microsoft VM isn't listed on the new one using Media Edition. One the old one it has JIT complier for virtual machine enabled (requires restart) checked. I have no clue what that is or what it does.

Please help!

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Re: ad not showing
by Kees Bakker / April 12, 2006 11:50 PM PDT


Most people would be happy with ads not showing, I suppose, but - of course - there are exceptions.

I've got some news for you: it isn't a gif. It's a flash. And if you move your mouse over it, it moves: not the car (a saturn sky red line) but a light moves over it. Wow.

Go to and download their flashplayer. It comes standard with IE, but maybe something has gone wrong. If you installed some flash-blocker (makes sense when on dial-up) you should disable that.

It might be also that the flash file is on some site that's blocked by an adblocker or in your hosts file. As long as it doesn't play you should be able to see the full url (to check that) by a right click>properties.

By the way, why do you state so explicitely it's a gif, when it's easy to see it isn't (on both of your PC's, in fact). With the wrong question you're likely to get the wrong answer. In this case, it was a great help that you give a link, or nobody would have come up with flash if you talk about gif.


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ad not showing up
by fspraetz / April 13, 2006 1:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: ad not showing

The reason I called it a gif is that is what it says when I right click on it. I have a copy of it & will try to post it here.

I know it's funny to hear someone wanting ads but I hate those little red x's!!!!

I downloaded the player - no change. NEXT!!!

Also at the top of the Forum page - I get another error - page cannot be displayed.

I have a real problem.....

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Problem Solved!
by fspraetz / April 13, 2006 6:27 AM PDT
In reply to: ad not showing up

It's back!

Thought I would share what the problem was so you could help someone else!

I was using Spy Sweeper. Under the Hosts File shield - Common Ad Sites shield was checked.

Hope it helps someone else!

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Glad to see you solved it.
by Kees Bakker / April 14, 2006 7:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Problem Solved!

With me it said "info on macromedia flash" when I right clicked. Strange.
And ads not showing on these pages are practically always caused by a hosts file. If you had mentioned that in your first post, I would have told so.

Anyway, it's solved. Good job.


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Thank you Thank you Thank you.
by musiclover1969 / May 8, 2006 2:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Problem Solved!

I was having the same problem with the dreaded red x. I too thought they were gifs. After reading this thread I saw your post on SpySweeper, and I was able to solve the problem. I really appreciate your advice. I never would have guessed the answer in a zillion years!!

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