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Many years ago I set up Doubleclick for Small Business, showing a mix of custom banners and Adsense.

Recently I installed Windows 8, and I am starting to use Internet Explorer again.

What I noticed is that I get this behaviour on ad banners:

  1. If the banner is a custom banner, it's shown
  2. If the banner is an adsense, is shown for a split-second, then replaced by an IE error page saying "Navigation canceled"

How is that possible?

What I can do? I Googled but I didn't found a solution.

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I disabled the DNT option and rebooted, the problem is still there – Magnetic_dud Mar 25 '13 at 23:33
sounds like a browser issue and not a webmaster issue, tried Microsoft's Internet Explorer Support Site? answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie – Simon Hayter Mar 26 '13 at 0:07
Well, I don't care if on my browser ads aren't shown. I care if it's not shown on other users browsers. I can't put a notice "please do this regedit fix, so I can show ads to you" – Magnetic_dud Mar 26 '13 at 10:51
Well there's nothing you can do since its a 'browser issue' Windows 8 has numourus reports of flash not displaying as it was disabled by default, now its enabled people still report issues with adverts as you know.... There's nothing you can do until they release a fix unless people do manual fixes.. So either wait, or disable flash based adds in favor of text ads. – Simon Hayter Mar 26 '13 at 10:56
It also happens in XP on IE>8, so that's why it's strange. Also now flash is enabled by default on MetroIE – Magnetic_dud Mar 26 '13 at 12:14
up vote 0 down vote accepted

The problem was caused by a javascript in my webpage, which was refreshing the page to apply transparency on IE. (Artisteer 4.1 skin)

I updated my ad tags to use the new asynchronous loading, and now ads are shown on IE

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