ActiveX Controls

Satheesh C B | Friday, February 01, 2008 | 0 comments

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ActiveX Controls provide websites with added degrees of functionality, interactivity, and multimedia. However, they can also introduce problems, such as rogue software masquerading as valid ActiveX Controls that can do damage to your computer and/or data. If you want to disable the use of ActiveX controls when viewing the Internet, do the following:

1. From IE, choose "Tools" then "Internet Options".
2. When the "Internet Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select the "Security" tab.
3. Click "Internet".
4. Click the "Custom Level" button.
5. When the "Custom Level" dialog box appears, disable all options underneath the heading "ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins".
6. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

While disabling ActiveX Controls provides a higher level of security, doing so may disable Flash and the usage of Windows Update. You can, though, put valid sites in a "Trusted Sites" zone.

1. From IE, choose "Tools" then "Internet Options".
2. When the "Internet Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select the "Security" tab.
3. Click "Trusted Sites".
4. Click the "Sites" button.
5. From here, enter websites as appropriate that you feel are trustworthy. Click the "Add" button after adding each site.
6. Click "OK" to close the dialog boxes.


Click to activate fix for website browsing in Internet Explorer


Download the Fix for your Windows Version:
Activation Click Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for XP SP2
Download the 917425 package directly from Microsoft
Activation Click Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003 SP1
Download the 917425 package directly from Microsoft
Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003 SP1 - Itanium versions
Download the 917425 package directly from Microsoft
Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003 - x64-based versions
Download the 917425 package directly from Microsoft
Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Download the 917425 package directly from Microsoft


For more info go to http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/917425


When we try  Windows Update /some other  updates , it  gives an error stating that ActiveX wasn't turned on so the page couldn't display. It was this page.


Windowed ActiveX controls that use Windows API functions to interact with the user display an activation prompt then loaded.


To activate ActiveX, choose Tools, Internet Options, Security tab and click the Internet zone and click Custom Level. When the Security Settings window opens, scroll down to the ActiveX controls and plug-ins section and enable both the options for Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins and Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting. Click Ok twice.

You should now close the browser and restart it for the settings to take effect. However, the error code you got may or may not still occur, if it does, try disabling your Anti Virus and Firewall applications in case they're causing this


Why have Flash animations, Java applets and other ActiveX controls on my web pages started displaying the message "Click to Actvate and Use this Control" in Internet Explorer recently?
Interactive controls loaded by the APPLET, EMBED, or OBJECT elements need to be activated before they can be used.


Check here for details, one more tutorial available here

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