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post #1 of 6
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For reasons of both paranoia and annoyance I run my browser with default settings not allowing either activex or pop-ups.

For sites that I both like and trust I turn these features on selectively by web url, using Windows and Norton Internet security.

Now I like AVS a lot, I spend way too much time here, and I'm well willing to put up with various flash presentations if that's what it takes. But apparently just turning that feature on for avsforum.com is not enough, as I still get the activex not available messages. Sadly, the windows message does not say what it's really trying to execute.

Could we post the requirements for viewing AVS properly? In other words, what url's do I have to list that can run activex.

Also can we be assured that it wouldn't run activex controls imbedded in someone's posts?

Thanks,

- Tom

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post #2 of 6
Hello Tom...

I understand your site concerns but I know of NO ActiveX parts of out site at all. The only think I can think of is if someone embeds a Flash file into a post or a Sound file. The sound file uses Microsoft Media player control and that should be a trusted app from what I know and not ActiveX.

So, I am not sure what to say here. Where do you see ActiveX controls on this site? Oh, and we have removed the flash opening and it now only shows if you click on Play Opening in the menu.

Thanks.

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post #3 of 6
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David -

As an experiment, before replying here I closed my browser (IE 5.50) and then started it again going to AVS Forum using my usual bookmark:
http://www.avsforum.com/ubbcgi/Ultim...assCookie=true

I immediately got the message "Your browser does not support active-x controls so some things may not display properly" (approx).

I have no idea what it wants and I usually don't hear any sounds out of AVS, even if I turn off security. I thought it was some of the Flash banner ad's that were nagging me.

Another reason I thought this was that it is not reproducible. I can go to the same thread multiple times but only get the message a fraction of those times. I figured the ad's were changing.

- Tom

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post #4 of 6
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Narrowing it down a little more, the message appears when there is a DigitalForge banner ad but will not appear for avsads.com or amazon.com banner ads.

I've previously tried blocking the DigitalForge site completely but that doesn't seem to help for some reason.

- Tom

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post #5 of 6
Thanks...I will look at it. It is FLASH banner for them that run the banner. So, it has something to due with the macromedia shockwave settings on your machine I would guess. Maybe you do not have it or something.

I do see the call...it is application/x-shockwave-flash thus this must be the issue you see.

Sorry for the problem. I will slow down the rotation of this banner.



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David Bott
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The Nate Home Theater
post #6 of 6
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David -

Thank you.

I guess you are correct. I don't see anything to suggest I even have Flash installed on this machine.

I guess I'll wait until I get one of those messages again and try to analyze it further at this end.

- Tom

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