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Browser Back Button Problem

Steps to fix your browser back button if it doesn't seem to be working.

Many times when visiting a website you may get stuck and be unable to use the back button due to the website running redirect scripts. This issue is evident in almost any browser that allows active scripting / JavaScript and has it turned on. It's not something you did, but most likely a script the webmaster of the site decided to include and many times with the very intention to trap you on their site.

Method #1 Browser Back - "Feeling Lucky" Fast-Click Approach (Sound familiar ? If yes, skip to method #2)

Click on your browser back button really fast several times or press your backspace button on your keyboard repetitively (works the same as the browser back button). Actually this approach works 50% of the time depending on how fast and persistent you are. Firefox seems to work better for this little game.

Okay so that probably didn't work. Lets explore a proven method that doesn't include clicking a million times!

Method #2 Browser Back - Steps to Disable Active Scripting Internet Explorer

1. While you are viewing the website you are stuck on, click on Internet Options >> Security >> Choose "Custom Level" (example below)

Method #2 Browser Back - Steps to Disable Active Scripting Internet Explorer

2. Once the Security Settings window opens, scroll-down until you see Scripting >> Active Scripting. Under Active Scripting choose "Disable" - NOTE: Disabling this feature will also turn off scripts that might be useful to you on other websites. You can turn it back on after you effectively back-out of the site. Alternatively, you can choose "Prompt" for scripting. However, this will bring multiple dialogue boxes asking you to allow /disallow scripts.

Security Settings window opens, scroll-down until you see Scripting - Active Scripting

3. Once you have chosen your scripting options click "OK" and "Apply" changes.

In most cases this solves the browser back problem. What it may not address is something called META refresh redirects. These types of redirects can also be disabled inside the Security Settings window.



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