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Javacript: void (0).....how the hell do I fix it?

Asked by lightsourcetrickster (1902 points ) January 25th, 2013

I’ve been to a few sites that require javascript to run. Java is enabled, but I’m getting a lot of “javascript: void (0)” errors. What is it that needs doing to get websites to work again? I’ve tried updating Java but the Java website says initially that I’ve got an old version of Java, but when I process the suggested download and run it, it says that the version I’m trying to install already exists.
I’ve run numerous scans to see if I can pick up any other problems with malware or viruses but nothing shows up.
Any ideas?

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mrentropy's avatar

Java is a completely different beast from JavaScript. They aren’t related in any way, shape, or form.

You should make sure that JavaScript is enabled for your browser (somewhere in the settings, sometimes under ‘Security’).

phaedryx's avatar

+1 to everything @mrentropy said. Java and javascript are like a car and a carpet—similar sounding but unrelated. You probably don’t want Java; java applets are a security risk.

Some other things you can try:
1. Use a different browser
2. Turn off popup blocking

ETpro's avatar

Ditto to @phaedryx and the suggestion to disable Java. Lots of security exploits use it, and Oracle seems uninterested in supplying patches in a timely manner.

Can you post some URLs where you encounter this error message and tell what actions cause it to display. Is it popping on page load, or when you click a certain link, etc.?

lightsourcetrickster's avatar

http://resumup.com is one such example. It’s linked from a Chrome app, Hovering over any buttons you’re supposed to click on (“fill” mostly), and clicking on them will cause that to pop up in the bottom left corner of the browser. It’s the same with a lot of other ‘interactive’ apps.

ETpro's avatar

The site is still in Beta. The video worked, and that was the only thing I saw that seemed to be clickable. Do I need to register with them to test? It sounds like the link you’re clicking is supposed to pass a variable to JavaScript and instead is calling the JavaScript function, but filing to pass it the expected variable/s.

lightsourcetrickster's avatar

I believe you are supposed to register, yes.

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