by MarkFlax - 9/5/09 12:17 PM
In Reply to: Active x problem by mtomary
Sorry to read about your problems. I'm also 'over the hill'. In fact I felt that way even when I wasn't!
The difficulties we had with your first post was that we didn't realise your Operating System, (OS), was Windows XP. Posting in the Windows ME forum as you did sets our thoughts to that OS, which is quite different to XP, and solutions suggested often fail for different OSs.
ActiveX are components exclusively of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, (IS), and they will often cause problems if they are poorly written or contain malware. Not only can they affect IE, but also Explorer, which includes your Desktop, My Computer and My Documents, etc. This is because Microsoft integrated IE into the Windows OS some years ago, and it is now, effectively, just a component of Explorer.
I'm not sure what you mean by, "Active controls could not be displayed". We don't normally see ActiveX, they just perform in the background.
ActiveX are downloaded and installed by the web sites we visit. But because of the dangers of allowing malware infected ActiveX controls installed, IE now displays a warning when it comes across any web site attempting to install them. IE's security settings are now set to High, and this prevents most ActiveX from being installed.
You can change the security settings in IE. With IE open, go to Tools > Internet Options, then click the Security tab. The "Internet" globe will be selected by default, and you can move the slider down for the security level. I would suggest lowering it to Medium. See if that helps.
I don't know if your downloading problems are connected to this. You didn't say what happens when you try and download software, but perhaps that security level was set too high for downloading as well.
I hope that helps.
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