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Click to activate and use this control - KB912812

If you’re an Internet Explorer user and have recently encountered a “Click to activate and use this control” tool-tip which forces you to click on any ActiveX control, such as Flash, Java Applets, Media Player and other objects then you’re not alone. Download the fix.


 

 

If it is an active control (like a Flash menu, for instance) you must click the control to "approve" it before the Flash navigation buttons will work.  Get ready for a storm over the "Click to activate and use this control"

Microsoft this week delivered a long-awaited update for Internet Explorer 6 that changes the way the browser loads embedded ActiveX controls.

Flash is one of many components affected, other major ActiveX controls include:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • Real Networks RealPlayer
  • Sun Java Virtual Machine

The modification comes as part of an ongoing patent dispute with Eolas Technology and the University of California.

Click to activate and use this control

The workaround

Although the workaround ultimately rests with the website designers and how they implement the controls into your browser - in the meantime you can follow the following instructions.  The other alternative is to use Firefox.

Please note - any system changes or problems encountered as a result of this patch are at your own risk.  We in no way take responsibility for any damage or security violation.

Internet Explorer ActiveX compatibility patch for Mshtml.dll changes the default bahavior back to what it was prior to the April Security update (KB912812)

For web developers:  Get the Java Script code that will fix the ActiveX controls in your applications

Download the Fix for your Windows Version

Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for XP SP2
DownloadDownload the 917425 package now.

Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003 SP1
DownloadDownload the 917425 package now.

Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003 SP1, Itanium-based versions
DownloadDownload the 917425 package now.

Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows Server 2003, x64-based versions
DownloadDownload the 917425 package now.

Compatibility Patch for Internet Explorer for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
DownloadDownload the 917425 package now.

For more info go to http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/917425

Background information regarding the ActiveX issue

In August 2003, a federal court ruled that Microsoft had infringed on a patent related to plug-in technology used in Internet Explorer.

Eolas was awarded $521 million in damages, which has ballooned to $560 million due to interest.

In response, Microsoft said it would alter how the browser implemented ActiveX, but later backed away from the switch. Software affected by the patent would include Macromedia Flash, QuickTime, RealOne Player, Acrobat Reader, Sun's Java Virtual Machine, and Windows Media Player among other applications that embed into Web pages.

But following two legal setbacks in its efforts to invalidate the Eolas patent and have the ruling appealed, Microsoft said in December it would go ahead with the update.

"Plug-ins" include objects like Flash movies and Java Applets, as well as any other components that use the EMBED, APPLET, or OBJECT HTML tags.

With the update, ActiveX controls will no longer be activated by default. The change in IE forces users to first click on the control before it will recognize any input.

As you might imagine this would be a nightmare for the users, forcing them to approve content like Flash or java applets prior to having them interact properly in the browser window.

The update is currently available as an optional download from the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update. Microsoft said it expects the majority of IE users to download the patch as part of their security updates over the next four to six months.

Yep the Click to activate and use this control is here to stay for some time.

 

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