Unblocking Installation of ActiveX Control

Written by j.s. copper
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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

Things you need

  • Internet Explorer

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  1. 1

    Launch Internet Explorer. Select "Tools" > "Internet Options".

  2. 2

    Open the "Security" tab and select "Security Level".

  3. 3

    Open the drop-down menu and select "Medium". This adjusts Internet Explorer's security options; ActiveX controls will ask for installation. Select "Reset".

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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