Microsoft ActiveX

What is ActiveX?

ActiveX is a technology developed by Microsoft. ActiveX controls a allow extra functionality to be added to Internet Explorer. Flash Player runs as an ActiveX control in Internet Explorer.

Security warnings

You may receive a warning message when trying to use a page that contains an ActiveX control.

In Windows XP and Windows Vista this is likely to be in the form of a yellow bar across the top of your web browser which says something like "Your security settings do not allow Web sites to use ActiveX controls installed on your computer. This page may not display correctly. Click here for options..."

On other operating systems a box may appear stating "Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly."

ActiveX controls need to be enabled in order to use Flash Player. Click on the yellow information bar and follow the instructions for installing or activating a Flash Player ActiveX control.

Enabling ActiveX controls for your browser

It may be that your security settings do not allow ActiveX controls to run in the web pages that you are trying to access.

If ActiveX controls will not run on the web page that you want to access, you can add that site to your Trusted Websites, or change the security settings for the zone in which that website is operating.

Consult your network administrator before making any changes to your security settings.

Adding the product website to your Trusted Websites zone (recommended)

If you see a security warning when running a Careersoft product from the Internet (e.g. LessonStart), then the best way to get rid of the warning is to add the relevant website to your list of Trusted Sites. In this way all pages for this site will run in your 'trusted zone', which by default allows ActiveX controls.

To add the site to your list of trusted sites, in Internet Explorer:

  1. From the menu choose Tools and then Internet Options.
  2. Choose the Security tab.
  3. Choose the Sites button in the Trusted sites area.
  4. Type the relevant URL of the site that you want to access. e.g. will add Careersoft Internet products to your trusted zone.
  5. Check that the Require server verification (https:) tick box is not ticked.
  6. Click on OK.

Changing the zone security settings to allow ActiveX components

Consult your network administrator before making any changes to your security settings.

Web pages run in various 'security zones' in Internet Explorer. The current security zone (like 'Trusted sites', or 'Internet') is shown near the bottom right of your Internet Explorer browser screen. You can change the security settings for any zone to allow or disallow ActiveX controls for all websites in that zone.

  1. From the menu in Internet Explorer, choose Tools and then Internet Options.
  2. Choose the Security Tab.
  3. Choose the zone for which you wish to change security settings.
  4. Choose Custom Level.
  5. Scroll down to the section titled ActiveX controls and plug-ins.
  6. Make sure that Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins and Download signed ActiveX controls are both enabled.
  7. Click on Close and then OK.


Last updated 24 April, 2015