How to Clean Active X Files

by Qyou Stoval

ActiveX, created by Microsoft in 1996, works with the Windows operating system and Internet Explorer. It connects to various websites and allows PC users to watch and listen to media content. Unfortunately, you may not be able to use ActiveX controls on alternate web browsers like Safari or Firefox. Secondary websites may have their own code to view websites using ActiveX. You must delete ActiveX files if you have downloaded a corrupt ActiveX file or if you would like to uninstall and reinstall ActiveX.

Removing ActiveX Files


Open Internet Explorer and select "Tools" from the menu.


Select "Downloaded ActiveX Controls" from the drop-down menu under “Manage Add-ons." You will then see a list of ActiveX files that were installed to Internet Explorer. If there is a specific ActiveX control file you would like to remove, it will be within the list.


Select the ActiveX control file you would like to delete and select “Delete" at the bottom of the window. Click "OK."


Close and reopen Internet Explorer.

Remove ActiveX


Remove the ActiveX program altogether if removing the ActiveX files did not resolve your issue. Close Internet Explorer.


Click your desktop's "Start" menu, "Control Panel" and "Add or remove programs."


Locate the ActiveX control program and select "Remove."


Reopen Internet Explorer to see if the changes took effect. In some cases you might want to reboot your computer, though this may not be necessary.


  • check You can reinstall ActiveX directly by going to (see Resources section).
  • check You may have to remove more than one ActiveX file, if not all of them, to resolve any issues.

About the Author

Qyou Stoval holds a bachelor's degree in communications/media studies from Clayton State University and a MBA with a concentration in marketing from Ashford University. He has more than 10 years experience writing articles, poetry, novels, and stage and screen plays. His writing career started professionally in 1997. He is also proudly serving the United States Air Force.

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