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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn off Internet Explorer’s ActiveX Opt-in Prompt

Learn how to turn off Internet Explorer’s ActiveX opt-in prompt in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to turn off the ActiveX opt-in prompt. The ActiveX opt-in prevents Web sites from loading any COM object without prior approval. If a page attempts to load a COM object that Internet Explorer has not used before, an Information bar will appear asking the user for approval.

If you enable this policy setting, the ActiveX opt-in prompt will not appear. Internet Explorer does not ask the user for permission to load a control, and will load the ActiveX if it passes all other internal security checks.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the ActiveX opt-In prompt will appear.

Turn off IE ActiveX Opt-in Prompt

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Turn off ActiveX opt-in prompt in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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