How to Uninstall ActiveX Controls on Internet Explorer

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For some applications and websites to work properly while browsing the Internet, ActiveX controls are installed in Internet Explorer. JAVA and Microsoft Update are two common ActiveX controls that Windows users use on a regular basis. If you notice problems with an ActiveX control you’ve installed in Internet Explorer, or if you no longer use the ActiveX control, you can uninstall it from your system. Some viruses are disguised as ActiveX controls. Uninstalling the ActiveX control can prevent the virus from damaging your system.

  • Go to “Start,” select “Settings” and choose “Control Panel.” If you are using Windows XP or earlier, go to “Control Panel” instead of “Settings.”

  • Choose “Add/Remove Programs.”

  • Select the ActiveX control you want to remove and press “Add/Remove.” For Windows Vista and later, click the “Install/Uninstall” tab to view installed programs.

  • Follow the wizard prompts to remove the ActiveX control.

  • If the ActiveX control is not listed, close all open windows.

  • Go to “Start” and select “My Computer.”

  • Double-click “C:/” or the drive letter your Windows operating system is installed on. Different drive letters typically occur due to multiple operating systems installed on a single computer.

  • Double-click the “WINDOWS” folder. If you do not see any folders, click the link stating “Show the Contents of this Folder.”

  • Double-click the “Downloaded Program Files” folder.

  • Right-click the name of the ActiveX control you want to uninstall.

  • Select “Remove” and press “Yes” to confirm.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you install an ActiveX control and receive error messages after the installation, remove the ActiveX control and reinstall. Running programs other than Internet Explorer during an ActiveX control installation may result in corrupt installations.
  • Never install ActiveX controls from publishers or websites you are unfamiliar with. These may be viruses.

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