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Win Me - ActiveX prevents viewing files

By tony.machin ·
Help! I can't view any files in the Windows Explorer!

I am running Win Me on a 733 Celeron CPU Dell PC. I keep getting a warning that due to my security settings ActiveX prohibits runnings controls on this page. My Start button won't work, I can't change my IE security setttings (I can't even run IE), and, oh, did I mention I cannot actually see any files in Win Explorer!
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Tony

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by tony.machin In reply to Win Me - ActiveX prevents ...

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Win Me - ActiveX prevents ...

Sounds as if you have an infection as this is strange even for ME which wasn't the best OS that MS ever produced.

As I only played with ME for about 15 minutes and then dumped the copy I'm not overly sure about what works on ME any more but the usual things like an AV Scan with an up to date AV product and Male Ware Scans again with up to date Products should cure the basic problems unless the OS is so badly infected that you need to reload the system.

If you do need to reload the system you can remove the HDD bung it into a USB Caddy to save your data if you don't have a current backup available and then wipe and reload the drive.

Col

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Please additional comments about virus concern. Thanks

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by tony.machin In reply to Win Me - ActiveX prevents ...

Hal9000, I should add that I've checked it with 2 virus checkers Symantec and AVG (from Grisoft). No virus found (was up-to-date too).

So I'm leaning towards a faulty file following an installation of Spybot's Search and Destroy. Maybe it removed something it shouldn't have.

Or given it happened after 6pm on 1st of Oct it has commonalities with an old virus - Wscript.KakWorm - it could be something new?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Win Me - ActiveX prevents ...

Tony the AV products should have picked up any viral infections so I would imagine that, that's not the problem here.

If you are worried about Spy Bot S&amp accidentally removing a necessary file you can always run System File Checker from the Start select Run and then type in SFC then select through and replace any altered files. You'll need your original Install or Recovery CD and this will remove any Service Packs and Hot Patches but should reset the system to As New and should cure any Windows Problem that you have.

It might also pay to try a Live Linux just to check the hardware is working properly as these load off a CD they don't write to the HDD and will be a fast, easy & cheap test of the hardware. You can get a copy for your local Newsagent as a cover Disc on a Linux Magazine or download a copy from here

http://tinyurl.com/23nmq

If you have any problems there you can use the Ultimate Boot CD to test the Hardware it's available from here

http://tinyurl.com/3jnpy

Col

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