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Hi, on this site:
http://s16.funeralhomewebhosting.com/index.php?

I have a  WMV file on the home page. The first time I went to it with internet explorer, I got a yellow warning bar at the top asking if I wanted to run this add-in. It works fine in FIrefox and Chrome without warnings or questions. Is there anything I can do to the embedded video to thwart this warning in IE?

Thanks,
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Hi,

Microsoft have enhanced security in their browser stating from version 7. To my believe you are using IE 8 here. There is slightly different way how different browser loads WMV files. Opera, Chrome and Firefox load plugins, whereas IE load ActiveX extension.

ActiveX is well known to be among most powerful features in Windows platform, which also means their greater weakness when manipulated by bad persons. The current work around for this that I found is to play around with IE security setting, but unfortunately you wil not be able to do so on client computer.

Most of other sites are using Flash based player such as flowplayer or viscom. Most of the format are in MP4 or FLV. I not yet check this, but Viscom player does come with additional converter to play WMV files.

Beside Flash, you also can use Silverlight based player like http://slvideoplayer.codeplex.com  . Silverlight is gaining it's pace now and be supported by Firefox and Chrome without problem.

So, my suggestion, convert the video into FLV or MP4 and use Flash based (I not sure about WMV support on Flash), but if you keen to preserve WMV format than may be you like to try Silverlight instead..
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Which plug-in is it?  My testing using Firefox in Linux resulted in not finding the plug-in.

What happens in IE when you answer Yes?

It could be some sort of security setting.

Would really help if I knew the name of the plug-in.
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I like khairil's answer but I have a question that may help with understanding by the author.

Can the security be turned off in IE?  (I think it can.)  However, the security would then be controlled by the user suggesting there's really nothing you can do about the problem other than document it.  (You could suggest the user turn off the protection but I'd avoid making such suggestions because if they follow that advice, from you, and bad things happen on another site, they could come looking to you for redress).
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Hi,

Yes, you are right, the security could be turned off in IE (It is IE8 as you thought). Because I allowed it, I can't bring back the warning, so I'm, not sure what the plug-in is, so sorry about that!

On IE before I allowed the plug-in, it only showed an X like a missing image.

I will use WINFF to convert the files to FLV, and then upload them. I'll let you know how that works. You are both right, the only person who can alter the security settings is the client. So this should be the solution. Thanks, will let you know how it works.
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Thanks for getting back to us.
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Thanks- I understand better now what had happened, and know what to do in future.
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You're welcome.
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