Rev Anderson wrote:
> IE7, on Vista, will not allow my schools server to install the ActiveX
> control needed for me to access the training server. I get an error message
> saying that the ActiveX is not signed and then IE7 just exits back to the
> original page without allowing the ActiveX Control to be installed!
> So, I changed my Security settings to "Enable" for all ActiveX Controls.
> After that, IE7 gives me an error message that my Security settings are too
> low and will not even go past that warning message?????
> I had to install Mozilla FireFox just to be able to access my schools
> training server.
> Why am I being forced to use a product that takes control of the system away
> from me??? It worked with XP Pro.
No, you are NOT installing the AX control on your school's server host.
Hopefully you don't even have access to that host other than what they
provide, like through a web server. You don't get to install anything
on their server. You install the AX control on *your* host.
That IE refuses to allow installation of an unsigned AX control is
entirely dependent on how you have configured IE's options. The default
is to reject unsigned AX objects because you don't know from whom that
object originates. Go into IE's security settings for the Internet
security zone (or whatever security zone the server host is categorized)
and set "Download unsigned ActiveX controls" to Prompt or Enable instead
of Disable. If they are unsigned, you shouldn't be accepting them. If
you choose to lower security so anyone can install anything they want
without ever identifying themself to you, then select Prompt so, at
least, you know someone is trying to push an unidentified AX control
into your host.
Firefox by itself does not support ActiveX. ActiveX is only applicable
on Windows platforms (it is a Microsoft thing). Firefox is
cross-platform so ActiveX support would inappropriate for FireFox
because it might be running on non-Windows platforms. Plus the Mozilla
folks love to tout that Firefox is more secure (than IE) because of its
*lack* of support for ActiveX. Go read:
So you must've installed the ActiveX plug-in to reduce its claimed
greater security. You took an deliberate action on Firefox to reduce
its innate security by adding ActiveX support. Apparently, according to
your report here, the default config for that plug-in is to allow
unsigned controls and not even prompt on them, or it did prompt but you
neglected to mention that. You committed an overt action to reduce
security in Firefox. You'll have to do the same in IE.
"... changed my Security settings to "Enable" for all ActiveX Controls."
Since you lumped them all together, I don't know what were the actual
titles of the ActiveX settings that you changed. Did you set to Prompt
or Enable the one called "Download unsigned ActiveX controls"? Did you
then exit (all instances of iexplore.exe) and restart IE? I don't use
Vista so perhaps its added security is what is generating the "Security
settings are too low" error message. Have you tried disabling UAC?
Maybe that will not run IE7 in its protected mode. Disabling UAC is one
of the methods listed at:
IE7 in protected mode runs as a low-integrity process. It is restricted
to only writing to corresponding low-integrity locations where rights
are minimal (see
The IE7 process has very low rights as does each child process it
spawns. If those doesn't work, post in a Vista newsgroup as those folks
are more likely to know what causes that limitation in IE. For some
info on the IE7+Vista protected mode, see:
So get your school to actually sign their own Active controls. That
they are lazy or ignorant is not an excuse. They should not be
proliferating unsigned Active downloads.