John wrote on Mon, 27 Oct 2008 10:42:01 -0700:
> Hi All,
> I'm running XP (SP2) with IE 6 (SP2) and for years have an MSN Money
> page as my default. However, for some reason it just stopped working
> and gives me a
> HTTP 500 error message. When I disable friendly message, it just says
> the same thing? I've figured out that when I go to the same URL with
> the ASPX extension it loads (although it is a different page), but
> when I try the old
> ASP extension I get the error. My old page was
> http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/home.asp. The odd thing is
> I have 2 computers and the old site above works just fine on that one.
> So what's changed on my main computer to cause this problem? I'm
> having withdrawls!
> Any words of wisdom? Thanks in advance!
A stab in the dark - you've got a cookie that the site isn't dealing with
well. If this is the case, it's very sloppy coding on the part of MSN to not
be validating the contents of a cookie before using it's value to do
something. I'd suggest finding and deleting the cookie for this site, and
then trying again - look in the Temporary Internet Files folder for a file
that shows up with a Name or Internet Address column value of
where <yourusername> should be the name your Windows username. Take that
file (or files if there is more than one) and move it somewhere else (don't
delete it in case you need to put it back again). This should hopefully
allow the MoneyCentral site to work again, as it won't have to process a
corrupted cookie value. You will probably need to log in again though, as
it's likely that a login credential is stored in that cookie normally so
that the site "remembers" who you are when you visit.