How to Install an ActiveX Control on Windows XP

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ActiveX controls are programming language codes designed specifically for the Windows operating system and the Internet Explorer browser to display animation and other interactive data on a website. ActiveX controls are interchangeably used by the applications that require a specific part of a programming code that can be "borrowed" from ActiveX. You need to enable your browser to run ActiveX controls and then accept the download and installation when prompted by a website. ActiveX controls are one of the primary pathways for virus and spyware infection: Install ActiveX controls only from trusted sources.

Take care when installing ActiveX controls.
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Open the Internet Explorer browser and click the "Tools" menu option.

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Select "Internet Options" and click the "Security" tab.

Security tab
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Click the "Custom level..." button and then scroll down to the "ActiveX controls and plug-ins" section in the "Security Settings - Internet Zone" window.

Custom security settings
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Check the "Prompt" radio button under "Download signed ActiveX controls" and the "Enable" radio button under "Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins."

ActiveX controls
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Click on "OK" and then "OK" again to save the new settings.

OK to confirm
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Click the "Install" button when prompted to accept an ActiveX control by a website, or click the "Information Bar" on top of the browser and select "Install ActiveX." The ActiveX control will be downloaded and installed automatically.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Always have an antivirus or an antispyware program, or both, activated before downloading an ActiveX control.



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