ActiveX controls and components enhance the functionality of Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser. It provides additional capabilities to both content and interactivity of a web page you might be viewing. In fact, some sites or web pages that have require an enabled ActiveX won’t display properly without it. Sometimes your browser just won’t be able to open the said page without ActiveX.
However, there are times when you may experience some problems with your browser that will require the removal of any ActiveX components that are installed. One reason for this is that the said plug-in may be malfunctioning or a newer one should be installed. These are times when you will have to remove ActiveX controls.
Steps to Remove ActiveX Controls
One of the places you will have to check in order to remove ActiveX controls is within the Control Panel. If your Control Panel window is in Category View click the link on the left pane that says “Switch to Classic View”. When you’re in Classic View locate “Add or Remove Programs” and double click on it.
This will pull up a window with a list of programs that are currently installed on your computer system. Scroll through the list and look for anything that says “ActiveX”. Click on that item to highlight it and then click the “Remove” button. This will uninstall that ActiveX control. Do the same for the other items in the list. When you’re done, simply close the Add or Remove Programs window and then close the Control Panel window.
There is also another place to look when you’re trying to remove ActiveX controls. You can uninstall them by going directly to the Downloaded Program Files folder. To navigate to that folder right click on the Start button and then select “Explore”. This will pull up the Windows Explorer window. Another way to launch this is to do the keyboard combination Windows Logo + E.
On the left pane of this window navigate to C:windowsDownloaded Program Files. This folder contains the plug-ins currently installed into Internet Explorer. You may be able to find some ActiveX components here as well. Take note that not every plug-in you will see here is an ActiveX component or control. You can tell that a file is an ActiveX control by checking its file extension.
The files you’re looking for have .ocx extensions. The file name will give a clue regarding the web site that is associated with the control you want to remove. Look for the faulty ActiveX component you want to remove. Right click the said component and click “Remove”. Click “Yes” when asked to confirm the said action. The system will then remove your selected ActiveX Controls.