ActiveX control now needs to be activated in browser by clicking or by pressing space/enter

Posted on 2006-04-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
I have been working on a new website. It has activex controls/flash movies etc.
It has been working fine but today it started asking to "Press SPACEBAR or ENTER to activate and use this control". You can also click with the mouse and it works fine.
However, you now have to do this every time the page changes.
I'm not sure what i changed to cause this to happen.
To see what I mean - goto

It is possible it's just MY browser and my business partners but i can't find anything.

Anybody know what causes this?

Question by:epssupport
    LVL 29

    Assisted Solution

    It seems to be your browser settings.  I went to to the link you specific above in IE and FFx.  it loaded OK in both.  I did not have to press the SPACEBAR or anything.  

    Have you changed your browser settings lately?

    LVL 15

    Assisted Solution

    possibly an update to the browser - it does not happen for me either.

    LVL 13

    Assisted Solution

    add that website to your trusted sites and it will fix any security glitches you may encounter
    I always add sites I edit in my trusted sites list to avoid problems like this
    LVL 13

    Accepted Solution

    it works fine for me as well BTW
    you may also want to reset all of your browser settings to default and clear your caches
    Tools...Internet Options
    General Tab
    ...Delete Cookies
    ...Delete Files
    Security Tab
    ...Click Internet Icon
    ......Click Custom LEvel
    ......Reset custom setting (drop down at bottom) Medium..Click Reset
    ...Click Trusted Sites
    ......Click Sites
    ............type in  (take check out of require server verification) Click Add, Click OK
    Advanced Tab
    ...Click Restore Defaults
    Reboot your PC and see if it all works Ok now


    Author Comment

    Thanks for all your input.
    It seems it is my firewall that is causing the problem. Not sure why yet but I should be able to sort it from here. The friend I got to try it has the same firewall which is why I didn't spot it straight off.

    Thanks again for the assistance.
    LVL 13

    Expert Comment

    yes - I just installed a linksys firewall the other day that has the ability to block activex controls
    with the malware/spyware problems, i guess that was a logical next step, but it sure does limit the things IE can do
    if you'd like to turn those features off in the firewall, but fear the consequences of spywware/malware
    Might I suggest the free spyware/malware tutorial and software available at
    best of luck!

    Author Comment

    Hello again,
    It turned out that it wasnt the firewall after all. After removing (testing) and reinstalling (testing) and finding nothing nothing changes with or without the firewall, I went to the forums.

    This is the reason the controls have changed:

    There is a fix for this at

    It's just a differnt way of embeding activex code into a page that doesn't use the copyright infringed embedding that has been in IE for ages.

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