"Your Current Security Settings Prohibit Running ActiveX Controls on this Page" Error Message When You Install Macromedia Shockwave Player


Symptoms


When you try to download and install Macromedia Shockwave Player from the Macromedia Shockwave Player Download Center Web site, you may receive the following error message:
Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly.

Cause


This issue occurs if the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration feature is enabled. By default, the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration feature is enabled in Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2003-based computers.

This enhanced level of security may prevent certain Web sites from displaying as expected in Internet Explorer. For example, programs that require the Web browser may not work as expected because scripts, ActiveX controls, and downloads are disabled.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, add the following Macromedia Web sites
  • http://www.macromedia.com
  • http://fpdownload.macromedia.com
  • http://sdc.shockwave.com
to the Trusted sites zone in Internet Explorer. To do so, follow these steps:
  1. Start Internet Explorer (if it is not already running).
  2. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  3. Click the Security tab.
  4. Under Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings, click Trusted sites, and then click Sites.
  5. In the Add this Web site to the zone box, type http://www.macromedia.com, and then click
    Add, type http://fpdownload.macromedia.com.
  6. Click
    Add, type http://sdc.shockwave.com, and then click Add.

    The Macromedia Web sites are displayed in the Web sites list.
  7. Click Close, and then click
    OK.

More Information


The Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration feature configures several security settings that define how you access Internet and intranet Web sites. The configuration also reduces the exposure of your server to Web sites that may pose a security risk. To log on to a Web site that requires Internet Explorer functionality that is disabled by the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration feature, add that Web site to the Trusted sites zone in Internet Explorer.

For more information about Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration, see the Internet Explorer "Enhanced Security Configuration" Help topic. To do so (on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003), start Internet Explorer, and then on the
Help menu, click Enhanced Security Configuration.

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