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Ask Slashdot: Active-X

sm62704 (957197) writes | about 6 years ago

Movies 10

So I'm at Yahoo News and every damned page displays the urgent warning "Your current security settings prohibit running Active-X controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly".

I haven't been reading Yahoo news at work much lately for this very reason; we have IE as our browsers, and Active-X is of course disabled. The IT guys are no fools.

So I'm at Yahoo News and every damned page displays the urgent warning "Your current security settings prohibit running Active-X controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly".

I haven't been reading Yahoo news at work much lately for this very reason; we have IE as our browsers, and Active-X is of course disabled. The IT guys are no fools.

So I click a link to another story and alt-tab to slashdot (hey, my breaks aren't long enough to wait for page loads from our overloaded T1).

A paragraph into slashdot and Yahoo's page pops back up to tell me yet again that my "current security settings prohibit running Active-X controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly".

It's bad enough that the stupid browser is popping up a dialog box to tell me that a nonstandard gizmo that is only supported in one browser is disabled (of course it's disabled, DUH), but to have it bring the focus to the page with the popup, on top of the page I'm actually reading, is beyond stupid and far beyond rude and far, far beyond arrogance.

How can I get this awful browser that won't properly support standards to stop popping up the stupid "error" message and interrupting what I'm doing, short of enabling the useless and dangerous Active-X? Is there a registry hack I can perform?

Can we get Microsoft to simply remove the abomination that is Active-X from their browser, period?

Have you ever used Active-X for anything other than advertising? I'm curious.

On a positive note, Active-X is better than Evil-X. I'm glad I got rid of her!

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I feel your pain Warning: Off Topic (1)

dragonsomnolent (978815) | about 6 years ago | (#24036357)

Fortunately for me however, I am an IT guy, and I don't run windows. I always assumed you were in IT as well. A couple of things I wanted to ask you about though, and (not that I blame you), your e-mail isn't public, and who down-mods journal responses anyway.

1) Did you ever get your home computer up and running? Did MS give you any grief trying to activate XP in another box and/or a VM?

2) I tried to get your artificial insanity program, but I think the link is broken. Do you still have the source laying around?

Keep the journals coming

Re:I feel your pain Warning: Off Topic (1)

sm62704 (957197) | about 6 years ago | (#24043819)

I am an IT guy, but I don't set IT policy. By "IT guys" I'm referring to the ones who make the decisions as to what is installed on the machines, etc.

If I had my way all the desktops would be running Linux and the browsers would be Firefox.

1) I've been too busy/lazy to mess with it; I'm probably going to just haul an old PC out of my basement and stick the data drive and video card out of the broken one in it. I have a bunch of broken kitchen chairs to fix too (no, Ballmer isn't to blame for that one).

They say "the cobbler's children are barefoot", I worked on friends' computers since my own broke.

2) Not sure; If so it will be on the drive in the broken computer.

Obligatory... (1)

Rix (54095) | about 6 years ago | (#24036601)

Use Firefox :P

Firefox Portable or... (1)

The Gaytriot (1254048) | about 6 years ago | (#24037067)

There's portable Firefox you can run off a thumb drive.

Without that though, try this in IE

Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom level

it will be under Activex controls and plugins.

I assume you can get in there and change the settings, I'm not sure if you need to have admin rights or whatever.

Re:Firefox Portable or... (1)

sm62704 (957197) | about 6 years ago | (#24043923)

Yes, I could do that, but as I'm eligible to retire in 3 years I don't want to do anything that's against company policy. Also I don't WANT active-X enabled; I just want the browser to stop popping up a dialog box telling me Active-X is disabled.

active-X (1)

tqft (619476) | about 6 years ago | (#24039617)

Had a web based application - well form that "needed" activex to be able type numbers into. without the activex plugin - which took weeks to get through our IT people and onto the approved insatllabel list - we could not work. None of this radical new cut and paste from a spreadsheet into a form. The "programmer" had set it up so that everything easy and obvious to do was screwed. kep the programmer in business I suppose.

It may well still be there. I did talk to one of the service providers people at one point when it screwed up - an IE upgrade of some description I think - pointing otu how IE and activex are known security flaws and if/when it fails and the bad comes in - they will have nowhere to hide.

The front end was inputting the amount of natural gas to receive and transport from various suppliers/receipt points to delivery points - wholesale quantities. We did substantial business and we were a middling user. One security screw up and a lot of major Australian business would have been without natural gas.

Try this... (1)

PoliTech (998983) | about 6 years ago | (#24083799)

Unless you are in a completely locked down environment you should be able to give this a try:

Under the Windows Start menu, select the Settings | Control Panel command.

Double-click on the Internet Options icon in the Control Panel window.

Select the Security tab in the Internet Properties dialog box.

Make sure that the Internet zone is selected.

If you can, click on the Default Level to make sure that the Internet zone is at the Medium level.

Push the Custom Level button.

Scroll down to the setting labeled "Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting" in the Security Settings Dialog box and check the Disable option. Note, by changing only this setting, ActiveX controls are effectively disabled and no annoying warning messages are displayed if a page attempts to use an ActiveX control.

The IT Guy who makes those desktop computer decisions ... I'm one of those guys.

I try to suppress annoying error messages as a rule, and if you send an email to your guy, (with the above description of how to fix it manually) he can likely enforce this setting with Group Policy, and you will have helped everyone in your office!

Re:Try this... (1)

sm62704 (957197) | about 6 years ago | (#24086373)

Nope, that's the setting it's on now (I just checked)

Re:Try this... (1)

PoliTech (998983) | about 6 years ago | (#24087587)

Try adding the problem Websites to the "Trusted Sites" zone in Internet Explorer.

On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.

Click the Security tab.

Under the "Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings" property page section, click Trusted sites, and then click the Sites button.

Add the problem Web sites to the zone box, (for example type http://www.macromedia.com/ [macromedia.com] and then click Add, type http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/ [macromedia.com] and click Add, and so on for sites that you trust)

Click Close, and then click OK.

That should work, unless your admin has messed up some of the Group Policy settings. Which is something you would need Domain Admin access to fix.

If the settings don't stick, then Group Policy is most likely the culprit. Yea, that's me throwing your desktop administrator right under the bus!

Re:Try this... (1)

sm62704 (957197) | about 6 years ago | (#24088895)

Thanks, I'll do that when it crops up again. It's been Yahoo that it's done it on, but today I got no popups there.

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