How to stop prompts for installing Flash ActiveX ?

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  1. Fly

    Fly Registered Member

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    System: Windows XP Home Edition SP2 IE 7 (customized settings)

    I haven't liked the Flash Player for a long time. A new version is available to 'patch' vulnerabilities. I decided to give it a try, only to find that there was more to this new version, like a download manager.

    So I uninstalled Flash. I can't say I miss it.

    Unfortunately, on many websites I'm prompted to install the Flash ActiveX.

    Does anyone know of a way to bypass that, with my current browser ? It's annoying.

    Note: I discovered a setting in IE 7 for 'enable browser extensions for third parties' (translation into English, NON- English OS and browser) but I'm not sure if disabling that would do the trick and I don't know what other consequences there would be.
     
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    roddy32's post has the direct download for IE flash and a link to the uninstaller KB for previous versions. I think you could just install over previous versions though. The Adobe DLM deletes itself after reboot. In the past the DLM has a vulnerability but that was patched already.

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=1587626
     
  4. Fly

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    Thanks, but that does not directly answer my question.

    It seems I don't need Flash.

    I've had it with Adobe. Always new vulnerabilities, requiring new updates, and trying to avoid installing toolbars, download managers, things being added to the startup list etc., not to mention the privacy issue.

    I have a neutered version of the Acrobat Reader version 8, and don't need anything else. It would just be nice not to see that ActiveX Flash prompt on certain webpages.
     
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    Having visited a number of websites, it's getting very annoying to see all those Flash ActiveX pop-ups/prompts.

    I'm 'tempted' to reinstall a Flash version, perhaps even the 'old' unpatched version (I have an image), to get rid of that annoying spam. :mad:
     
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    This is old but give it a try. http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum21/838.htm

    Perhaps try one at a time to get the desired results. Not sure if you need to restart the browser or not as I don't use IE. You can also go to the Control Panel - Internet Options to change the settings.
     
  7. Fly

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    Thanks, but that MAY mean I can't use any ActiveX (IE 7). Not download it anyway, I'm not sure how that will affect already installed ActiveX's.
     
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    Fly, following Son_House's advise on the link given by innerpeace might give you your desired result. However, take note that ActiveX is needed by some site/services like Microsoft Update, Online Scanners.

    What software doesn't have any vulnerabilities, requires updates? As I pointed out in my previous post, you can download the Flash ActiveX installer without the need to go to the Adobe site offering toolbars, security scans, etc. And Flash doesn't add anything in startup and the Adobe DLM deletes itself after reboot. If you are too concerned about privacy why surf on the Internet in the first place?

    EDIT: Try this. IE will not prompt you for new ActiveX but will allow you to run already installed ones.

    Download signed ActiveX controls
    Tick Disable

    Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins
    Tick Enable

    To disable the Information Bar (nagging you about your security setting) check this site,

    http://www.psychpage.com/tech/damnbar.html
     
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  9. Fly

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    Disabling downloading signed ActiveX controls ? I'm not sure of the consequences of that. What if, for example, MS updates needs a new ActiveX ?

    Interesting, but I don't like to mess with the registry, and I'm just not sure how it would effect my setup.

    Thanks anyway.
     
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