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Internet Explorer "ActiveX Filtering" - Turn On or Off

How to Turn "ActiveX Filtering" On or Off in IE9, IE10, and IE11
Published by Brink
07 Mar 2011
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How to Turn "ActiveX Filtering" On or Off in IE9, IE10, and IE11

information   Information
ActiveX is a technology that allows web developers to create interactive content on their sites, but it can also pose a security risk. As you browse the Web, you may encounter webpages that don't work properly unless you install an ActiveX control. ActiveX controls are powerful browser plugins that enable many rich web experiences. However, many of these controls are written by 3rd parties and Microsoft cannot guarantee their quality or safety.

Internet Explorer 9 allows you to use ActiveX Filtering to block ActiveX controls for all sites to browse the Web without running any ActiveX controls, and then be able to turn them back on for only the sites that you trust.

This tutorial will show you how to turn ActiveX Filtering on or off in IE9, IE10,and IE11.

For more information about ActiveX Filtering, see: ActiveX Filtering





Here's How:
1. In IE9, IE10, or IE11, click/tap on Tools on the Menu bar, and go to step 3 or 4 below. (see screenshot below)
Internet Explorer "ActiveX Filtering" - Turn On or Off-tools_menu.jpg
OR

2. In IE9, IE10, or IE11, click/tap on the gear icon at the top right, click/tap on Safety, and go to step 3 or 4 below. (see screenshot below)
Internet Explorer "ActiveX Filtering" - Turn On or Off-gear.jpg
3. To Turn Off Active X Filtering in IE9, IE10, or IE11
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on ActiveX Filtering to uncheck it, then refresh (F5) IE to apply. (see screenshots above)
4. To Turn On Active X Filtering in IE9, IE10, or IE11
A) Click/tap on ActiveX Filtering to check it, then refresh (F5) IE to apply. (see screenshots above)

Note   Note
If you visit a webpage that contains ActiveX content you want to view, you can simply turn off filtering for that website. Click/tap on the Name:  Icon.jpg
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From here you can choose to turn off ActiveX Filtering for this website. Once you take action, IE9 or IE10 refreshes the page to ensure that all ActiveX content on the webpage runs. Now that you've turned off ActiveX Filtering for the webpage, the icon on the address bar changes state accordingly.
Name:  flyoutwindow.jpg
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After you've finished viewing the content, you can click/tap on the icon and turn filtering back on if you'd like, or you can leave filtering off for this website.
Name:  Turn-on.jpg
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That's it,
Shawn



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07 Mar 2011   #1
Windows 911

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Fantastic stuff! Thank you Brink! I imagine this will definitely help make IE and Windows much more secure with drive-by exploits or vulnerbilities.

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07 Mar 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Windows 911. Thank you.
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19 Jun 2011   #3
SkylineUK

Windows 7 64 bit Home SP1
 
 

I've tried both of those methods and I still get a notice at the bottom of my IE9 screen saying Active X is blocked, with an 'Allow' button for me to click. I'm testing a web site I'm designing using the Serif WebPlus4 software and the Navigation Bar facility uses Active X, well I assume so because when I try the web site out in IE9 I get the Active X warning and the bar is blank of any text!!! Clicking 'Allow' makes the text in the navbar appear.

John
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19 Jun 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello John,

As a test, visit the example sites at the link below and test them with Active X Filtering On and Off by refreshing the page to see if they are doing the same.

ActiveX Filtering
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18 Jul 2011   #5
LeChat

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Windows 7 ActiveX filtering

Thank you soooooooooooo much for telling me about the ActiveX filtering flag. I have been going nuts with this problem. I have a new job and have been trying to remote into the firm's server but, could not because of the difference in Windows 7 Home Premium. Even our contract support did ot have the answer. I have been googleing all over the place and had many fairly complex suggestions. But, nothing resolved the issue. Thank you again, Shawn!
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18 Jul 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome LeChat, and welcome to Seven Forums. I'm happy to hear that it was able to help you sort your problem.
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19 Jul 2011   #7
LeChat

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Forums & Tutorials

Thanks again and I have been browsing the tutorials. I recommend them highly. The Sevenforums appears to be a wealth of knowledge!
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09 Dec 2011   #8
bond007vna

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit English
 
 

The Solution in My case is just to click on Compatibility View/Up Right-Next to the browser/!!!!
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19 Apr 2012   #9
bond007vna

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit English
 
 

Yeah,-I Already Did It,-Thank You Very Much,-I Appreciate It,-Indeed!!!!
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