ActiveX controls

ActiveX controls are small apps that allow websites to provide content such as videos and games. They also let you interact with content like toolbars and stock tickers when you browse the web. However, these apps can sometimes malfunction, or give you content that you don't want. In some cases, these apps might be used to collect info from your PC, damage info on your PC, install software on your PC without your agreement, or let someone else control your PC remotely.

ActiveX Filtering

ActiveX Filtering in Internet Explorer prevents sites from installing and using these apps. This can help keep you safer as you browse, but it can also affect the performance of certain sites. For example, when ActiveX Filtering is on, videos, games, and other interactive content might not work.

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To turn on ActiveX Filtering for all sites

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools, point to Safety in the dropdown menu, and then tap or click ActiveX Filtering. There should now be a check mark next to ActiveX Filtering.

Turn off ActiveX Filtering for individual sites

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Go to the site you want to allow ActiveX controls to run on.

  3. Tap or click the Filter button in the address bar, and then tap or click Turn off ActiveX Filtering. If the Filter button doesn't appear in the address bar, no ActiveX content is being filtered on the site.

Turn off ActiveX Filtering for all sites

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools, point to Safety in the dropdown menu, and then tap or click ActiveX Filtering. There should no longer be a check mark next to ActiveX Filtering.

Adjust ActiveX settings in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer might not be set up to download or run ActiveX controls for security reasons. Changing some advanced security settings will let you download, install, or run the control, but you PC might be more vulnerable to security threats. Only change advanced ActiveX settings if you're sure about increasing the level of risk to your PC.

To change ActiveX settings

  1. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. On the Security tab, tap or click Custom level, and then under ActiveX controls and plug-ins, do one the following:

    • Allow Automatic prompting for ActiveX controls by tapping or clicking Enable.

    • Allow Internet Explorer to Display video and animation on a webpage that doesn't use external media player by tapping or clicking Enable.

    • Allow Internet Explorer to Download signed ActiveX controls by tapping or clicking Enable, or Prompt if you want to be notified each time this happens.

    • Allow Internet Explorer to Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins by tapping or clicking Enable, or Prompt if you want to be notified each time this happens.

    • Allow Internet Explorer to Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting by tapping or clicking Enable, or Prompt if you want to be notified each time this happens.

  4. Tap or click OK, and then tap or click OK again.

Note

  • If you're unable to change ActiveX settings, you might not have permission to and you should check with your system administrator.