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Anyone who has worked on a Windows-based system and used Internet Explorer long enough probably has encountered the IE error 153. The error, while browsing the Internet, usually appears in a popup window with a message "Error:153 Unspecified Error." In higher versions of Internet Explorer, this standard error message may appear along with additional information, indicating "Object doesn't support this property or method." Error Reasons · IE 153 is a runtime error, and unlike stop errors, runtime errors will not fully arrest or freeze your computer. The IE 153 error may result in partial execution of a Web page, render a blank page or sometimes close the IE browser altogether. The error may occur due to improper or incomplete installation of a software application, if one or more software on your computer are incompatible with other software or hardware applications, or if the computer is infected with viruses or malware. Undesirable changes to the PC registry may also trigger the error. Virus Scanning · The error sometimes can be corrected with a full virus and spyware scan. Most PC users will have an "out-of-the-box" anti-software program already installed and running on their computers. The latest version of an anti-virus software should be installed before performing a full scan. Anti-virus software makers continuously develop and add codes into their programs to quarantine and remove newly recognized viruses. Typically, the built-in "live update" feature will automatically download the latest updates, helping the anti-virus program to scan for all known viruses. Windows Defender, for instance, helps detect several Windows-related malware and can be an option to perform a free scan. Registry Cleaning · IE 153 errors more often occur due to undesirable changes to the registry. Several free and paid registry cleaning software can perform diagnosis and correct potential registry problems. Registry Booster, Registry Mechanic and RegCure are among the highly rated cleaning tools. Some software makers offer free trials of their full version applications for a limited period. PC registry errors can be fixed manually. However, it requires expertise and precision to manually locate and fix registry problems. Wrongful changes to the registry can result in fatal and irreversible damages to the system. Re-Installation · Java, Adobe Flash Player, other plug-ins, add-ons and Web extensions, when incorrectly installed, commonly result in IE error 153. Some Windows system updates, which are installed automatically in most cases, can experience incompatibility with other software running on a computer and trigger the error. Two different versions of the same software running at the same time can also cause error 153. Users can re-install one or more recent applications and this often helps fix the IE 153 error. Error Prevention · It is important to have an anti-virus software running on the system at all times. Also, users should keep track of all changes that occur to their computer-- including software installations and removals. There should be sufficient Web security features on a computer to alert users to steer clear from high-risk and phishing websites. It is advisable to follow basic DIY-steps and contact free support avenues before having to pay a price for tech support to remove the error.