Computer Security & Viruses/script error messages

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I just began receiving script error messages when visiting trusted websites. How do I stop them from popping up? When prompted: "Do you want to continue running scripts on this page?" Which box should I click- yes or no, or neither?
Why is this happening to my computer-I have the latest security from Norton (Norton 360).
I have Windows 7 and use the internet explorer as my browser.

Answer
It's good to hear the popups are being read before they're dispositioned.  I believe the ones bothering you aren't from antivirus; they might be from the Windows script debugger or some related tool.  The cause I've seen most often is, connecting to a server that was developed using a Microsoft tool.  That tool created pages whose code isn't very good so it throws errors.  Internet Explorer (IE) comes in many versions.  

If it were my machine I'd stop using IE.  Chrome, Opera, Firefox are alternatives.  By using one of these browsers you won't see the popups, if the reason you see them is what I've described.  You can also change the IE configuration but would need to check the microsoft website to do that.

-John

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Expertise

Linux, Windows, Open/Free BSD, OSX. Embedded MMU-less (firmware) devt.

Experience

Securing systems since 1982. Tip: Switching from a system that is (statistically) more prevalent to one that is less prevalent will help.

Organizations
Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG Auxiliary), ACM

Publications
Student Doctor Magazine EE Times Network World blog Navy CIO blog RTCA/DO-178B, "Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification", (member of SC-167), RTCA/DO-160C, "Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment", (member of SC-135)

Education/Credentials
Master of Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering Option) Digital Forensics Basics, Texas Engineering Extension Secure Software, Texas Engineering Extension Network Security, Texas Engineering Extension Infosec Basics, Texas Engineering Extension Information Assurance Awareness, Department of Defense Information Systems Security, United States Coast Guard Online safety for parents and children, Fort Collins Police Department Spear Phishing, Defense Information Security Agency, DISA Spear Phishing, United States Coast Guard, USCG Meeting the Media, Testifying, Presentations, Arch Lustberg FEMA (ICS-100, -200, -210, -700, 800) United States Coast Guard Defense Information Systems Agency United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Crosby Quality Workgroup Facilitator Trainer Crosby Quality Education System Wisconsin University

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