ActiveX is a Microsoft plug-in for the Internet Explorer web browser that allows specific websites additional permissions. The plug-in can grant the site access to your hard drive; Microsoft uses ActiveX to run Windows Update as well as Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner online antivirus scanning. Typically, when visiting a site that requires ActiveX, a pop-up will ask for your permission to install the control. Depending on your security settings, ActiveX may be completely blocked from installation. Unblocking the installation is just a matter of adjusting your security settings.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Internet Explorer
Launch Internet Explorer. Select "Tools" > "Internet Options".
Open the "Security" tab and select "Security Level".
Open the drop-down menu and select "Medium". This adjusts Internet Explorer's security options; ActiveX controls will ask for installation. Select "Reset".
Locate the options labelled "Download Signed ActiveX Controls" and "Run ActiveX Controls and Plug-ins". Enable both options by placing checks in the respective boxes.
Locate the option "Initialize and Script ActiveX Controls Not Marked as Safe" and select "Prompt". Select "OK" to save your changes and close Internet Options.
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