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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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by zlitocook In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blo ...

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.

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by maxwell edison In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blo ...

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

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by jonno112 In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blo ...

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.

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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.

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by Sue T In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blo ...

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

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by jonno112 In reply to IE 6 ActiveX controls blo ...

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

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