What is ActiveX and how to disable it

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ActiveX is a software platform. Based on it are built software components written in programming languages. ActiveX software can consist of one or more components for solving various tasks. Below we will tell you more about the settings of this platform, about what Active X is, and how to disable it.

Why do I need an ActiveX framework?

What is ActiveX COM? This is a software platform whose controls act as building blocks for programs. With their help, you can create distributed applications that will work in the browser. The result is customizable software that allows you to collect data, view files, display animations, etc. ActiveX controls can only be officially processed by Explorer and Windows.

You should know how to disable the ActiveX flash player, as this software platform has a serious minus. Because of it, you can mistakenly install malware on your computer: viruses, spyware, etc. Below we will provide you with detailed instructions for activating and deactivating this framework on different browsers.

How to configure ActiveX in Internet Explorer 11

To activate the elements of this framework in the browser, take 5 simple steps:

  1. Launch Explorer 11.
  2. Click on the “Tools” menu, and then go to “Internet Options”.
  3. Go to the "Security" category and click on "Custom Level".
  4. Scroll to the "ActiveX controls and plug-ins" section.
  5. Here you need to set the “Enable” value for two lines, which are indicated in the screenshot:

In this case, filtering in the same settings section is better off. It may interfere with the proper loading of some applications.

How to disable ActiveX in IE

Do you need to disable ActiveX in Internet Explorer? Then go the same way as on the instructions above, only at the end set the value to "Disable".

Configuring ActiveX in other browsers

One of the drawbacks of this software platform is its default availability only for Internet Explorer.

ActiveX setup for Chrome

In a browser from Google Chrome, this problem can be solved with the help of additional software. Find the IE Tab extension in the Google online store and install it on your browser.

ActiveX setup for Firefox and other browsers

Unfortunately, ActiveX is not provided for Opera, Firefox, Safari, and other browsers.

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What to do when locking controls

If you see notifications in the browser that Active X controls are prohibited or blocked, then you need to set the resolution manually.

Follow the step by step instructions:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to the "Service".
  3. There, select the "Internet Options" option.
  4. Next, go to the "Security" tab.
  5. In it, click on the icon "Trusted sites".

  6. Next, click “Custom Level...”
  7. In the security settings, enable the component as shown in the screenshot.

Done. Now you know what ActiveX is and why you need it. You also have step-by-step instructions on how to configure this framework in popular browsers. Enjoy your use!

Also, take a look at how to set up a proxy on Safari for MacOS.

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