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#1 srtangen

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 08:26 PM

On certain webpages, I keep getting a popup saying "Click to run an ActiveX control on this webpage." No matter what I do, the page freezes. Is this a virus or something?

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#2 Doug

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 01:28 AM

There is some recent controversy about an MS update:

Here's the MS side of the argument:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/912945

Others have argued that Hotfix for KB 912945, is an "optional" patch and does not need to be installed.
In fact, some have recommended to uninstall Hotfix for KB 912945 because of the problems you cite.

Do you have KB 912945 showing in your installed software... for instance in Add/Remove?

I don't know enough about the "purpose" of the update to recommend one way or the other.
MS has put out some rather shoddy patches and updates recently, including this last week, that have caused problems rather than solving them.

Please keep an open mind on this topic, and continue reading.
I haven't found enough information to make a decision on it for myself as yet.

What type of web pages are you having trouble with?
For instance, watching movie trailers can be a real pain if you have to keep clicking ActiveX's.

You should also keep in mind that ActiveX is a powerful and intrusive way that websites and others can invade and even control your machine. Much careful investigation and decision making should be used before accepting an ActiveX.

You can also, "clear" much of your current ActiveX by cleaning out Temporary Internet Files, Temp files, and by clearing your Java Cache.

You'll have to start all over from a clean slate, accepting ActiveX's that you prefer to accept.
But at least you'll be able to rid yourself of possibly harmful or unintended ActiveX's.

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#3 srtangen

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 10:35 AM

I couldn't find it in my add/remove programs. It mostly notice the popup happening on myspace, but where normally i would get the bar across the top of the screen asking if you want to install the activex control, its now the popup, which would be fine, if it didnt freeze the page when i tried to click out of it.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 11:22 AM

Spyware infection?

Download, install update and run:

Spybot Search & Destroy v 1.4
Ad-Aware SE Personal v 1.06
Ewido (free)

Next run these online scans:

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasoft....asp?Language=2

Save andPost the results from the online scans, plus the log from Ewido.

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