How to Enable ActiveX Control

by Traci JoyUpdated September 28, 2017

ActiveX controls allow Internet Explorer programs to work and interact with each other. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are with your Internet browsing, adware and spyware can be disguised as ActiveX controls. As a safety feature, many keep their ActiveX controls disabled on their computers. When they are disabled, every time you go to a website that uses an ActiveX control you receive a little "bleep" and a pop-up bar telling you that it needs to be installed in order to effectively view that website. If you find those "bleeps" annoying, you can change your computer settings to enable the ActiveX control at all times.

Open Internet Explorer.

In the top bar, click on "Tools" and scroll down to the bottom and click on "Internet Options."

With "Internet Options" open, click on the "Security" tab.


When the "Security" tab opens, you will be prompted to select a zone. Click on the globe with the label "Internet" underneath it.

Once the globe is highlighted, click on "Custom Level."

A new "Security Settings" window will pop up. In this window, if it is not the first choice, scroll down until you see the option "ActiveX Controls and plug ins."

Under the "Automatic prompting for ActiveX control," highlight "Enable."

Click on "Apply" and then "OK" to enable ActiveX control.


If you are concerned about viruses and spyware being downloaded through ActiveX, you can go back in to the Security Settings from the Tools menu and disable the ActiveX control whenever you wish. You will still be able to use ActiveX but will have to enable the settings for websites individually.


To protect your PC from viruses and spyware, be sure your anti-virus program is updated and active.

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About the Author

A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."

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