Received a note this morning that this site wasn’t loading and was causing their browser to crash. Upon further investigation I discovered that the issue doesn’t seem to be localized to my site but in fact is affecting sites throughout the web. According to Wired, Sitemeter, the popular and free visitor counter used by webmasters everywhere appears to be the culprit and seems to be isolated to those using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
A number of web sites that use SiteMeter tracking code to monitor the number of visitors to their site are reporting that the code is causing Internet Explorer browsers to crash when users visit their sites.
I haven’t spent time testing a lot of sites, but the Gawker Media sites all seem to be affected. These include Gawker, Valleywag, Gizmodo and Lifehacker, among others.
The problem appears to be affecting IE 5.5, 6.0 and 7.0. Internet surfers using IE to access a site that has SiteMeter tracking it receive a message saying the site cannot be loaded and “operation aborted.” The issue seems to have begun late afternoon Friday.
If you happen to be using Sitemeter on your site, you might want to consider pulling their code off until this issue is resolved.
UPDATE: Sitemeter is now reporting that the issues have been resolved. I have put their code back up so if anyone is still having issues please let me know.