How To Manage Your Internet Explorer 9 ActiveX Filtering Exceptions

One of the new features in Internet Explorer 9 as of now RC, is ActiveX Filtering, which allows you to surf around without executing ActiveX controls (similar to using NoScript and Mozilla Firefox). You can turn the feature on and off globally, but you;re required to add each site you visit into an exclusion list […]

One of the new features in Internet Explorer 9 as of now RC, is ActiveX Filtering, which allows you to surf around without executing ActiveX controls (similar to using NoScript and Mozilla Firefox). You can turn the feature on and off globally, but you;re required to add each site you visit into an exclusion list manually.

For those of us who prefer to pre-populate this white-list automatically, with perhaps a script, you can simply add a REG_DWORD value with a name corresponding to the domain you wish to exclude, and a data value of either on (1) or off (0), to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Safety\ActiveXFilterExceptions.

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For e.g., if you want to exclude a few Microsoft owned properties, you could execute:

1	reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Safety\ActiveXFilterExceptions" /v microsoft.com /t REG_DWORD /d 1
2	reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Safety\ActiveXFilterExceptions" /v live.com /t REG_DWORD /d 1
3	reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Safety\ActiveXFilterExceptions" /v msdn.com /t REG_DWORD /d 1

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