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    IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

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    by cptomlly ·

    I’ve got an issue with a laptop I’m working on that blocks all ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer. I’ve reduced the security settings for all zones to “Low” which should allow ANY ActiveX content to run. I’ve also verified that no sites are listed in the Restricted Sites list. I’ve even tried adding a few sites to the Trusted Sites and/or Local Internet zones without success.

    This is a serious problem, because it prevents Windows Update from loading. It also prevents Trendmicro’s Housecall from loading as well. I’ve tried creating a new user profile on the machine, but I get the same results there as well.

    I suspect that the issue is caused by spyware or a virus, because the machine was completely infested with spyware (400+ hits in Ad-Aware on the first scan). The AVG free virus scanner found on Downloader.Small variant, but nothing else. Perhaps someone has had some experience with this sort of problem due to some spyware/virus?

    My real question is this: Is there a way to determine how these security settings are applied from the registry? Does anyone the mechanics of how these ActiveX controls are blocked? My hope is that if I understand what files and/or registry settings are involved, I might be able to determine what is causing the problem.

    I guess I could re-install, but I’ve always hated reinstalling the O/S on a laptop due to unfamiliar components “under the hood” and the proprietary software components used to make various things work correctly. Anyone have any great ideas that would save me some time? I’m putting up big points so don’t let me down!

    The O/S is Windows XP SP1 and its running IE6. Please post any further questions, and I’ll answer them as promptly as possible.

    Thanks in advance.

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    • #3293228

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by zlitocook ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      A few things, I us Bartpe boot CD. It’s free on the internet. It lets you boot to a compleat O/S with out using the O/S on the hard drive. You can load antivirus software from it or what ever you want to put on the CD. You can run an online virus scan from trend or McAfee for free. I would get ad aware run it, spybot search and distroy. Nortons 2004 will ask if you want to scan your system befor installing. I would disable system restore befor doing any thing it will just let the virus reinstall it self.

    • #3293211

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by maxwell edison ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      Windows XP SP2 no longer shows the prompt ActiveX blocked due to security settings. With SP2, Internet Explorer shows this notification in the Information Bar. The Information Bar Menu Options includes the selection to Allow this site to run ActiveX controls.

      So installing SP2 may solve your problem.

      Source:

      http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=843017

    • #3293193

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by jonno112 ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      Have you tried the internet options?

      Right click IE > Properties > Securities tab > Custom and enable it from in there.

      I ask this because im sure you don’t mention it above.

      • #3293183

        Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

        by cptomlly ·

        In reply to Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

        Yes, I did try changing the Security zone settings both using the preset settings and custom settings, but it has no effect. As I stated above, I even tried adding the address to the Local Intranet and Trusted Sites zones, but that too had no effect.

        I’m currently taking maxwell’s advice and downloading SP2. I didn’t try that yet, because they recommend clearing your system completely of spyware/viruses before installing. But I’m getting desperate.

        Thanks for your help.

    • #3293020

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by sue t ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      Could it be your firewall or the firewall in windows that is causing the problem?

    • #3292839

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by jonno112 ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      Have you tried Group policy. check this out.

      Disabling ActiveX controls.

      Here’s the procedure for disabling ActiveX controls on a standalone computer:

      On a standalone Windows XP computer, go to Start, Run, and type MMC.

      In the console window, click File and then select Add/Remove Snap-in.

      Click Add and select Group Policy in the Add Standalone Snap-in box.

      Click Add, Finish, Close. Then click OK.

      Go to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Internet Explorer.

      In the right pane, double-click the option Disable Automatic Install of Internet Explorer Components.

      Click Enable and then click OK.

      Double-click the option Disable Period Check for Internet Explorer Software Updates.

      Click Enable and then click OK.

      Site is http://www.samspublishing.com/articles/article.asp?p=30697

      Maybe this could be your problem this stops your comp from talking to microsoft.

      You are right to make sure there is no spyware or viruses before you update to SP2.I think even if you update to SP2 the group policy will not change

      Good luck

    • #3292819

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by techierob ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      Ouch. Certainly sounds like this problem has eminated from the virus / spyware hit.

      I would personally first suggest a full system scan from safe mode with Nortons or something similar. Also Spybot S&D is very handy too.

      If changes have been made to control Active X through the registry then typically IE wont change them back; I have tried using Microsoft’s completely unsanctioned “Tweakomatic” scipting tool. It allows you to create a custom point and click script which can change almost every aspect of how IE runs.

      For more info on tweakomatic try

      http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/tools/twkmatic.mspx

    • #3292323

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by cptomlly ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      Using KB182569 as a guide, I’ve added the “Security_HKLM_only” DWORD value to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings key. This should force IE to use the zone settings as specified by the HKLM not HKCU. I’ve also manually edited the values of the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones keys to allow basically ALL ActiveX controls.

      Unfortunately, I still get the error. This leads me to believe that the issue lies not in the settings, but in the way IE is reading the settings. I’m not sure DLL actually uses it (URLMON.DLL?), but my new best guess is that its corrupted or been replaced. Would SFC /SCANNOW check and “fix” the problem if one of these files has been corrupted or replaced?

    • #3314921

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by quaint_data ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      go tools internet options>security>hit the custom level button here is all your active x settings.Go to privacy and advanced and allow all cookies..
      Did you run the all the virus scans from safemode administartor account as this is the correct way to remove all traces of viruses, better still from a slaved position?

    • #3255763

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by diazr ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      This is maybe an answer; I had the same problem where active X controls were blocked. Check your domain policies or group policies under User configuration, windows settings, Internet explorer maint, security, security zones content rating, click import the current security zones and privacy, thne modify setting to show active x
      I’m sure you figured this by now.

    • #3175662

      Reply To: IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

      by cptomlly ·

      In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blocked

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