ActiveX Compatibility Manager

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This utility allows you to easily disable/enable ActiveX components on Internet Explorer browser.
It disables the desired ActiveX component by setting the "kill bit" of the desired CLSID under the following Registry key: 


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility 

Using ActiveX Compatibility Manager:

ActiveX Compatibility Manager is a standalone executable, and it doesn't require any installation process or additional DLLs. In order to start using it, just copy the executable file (acm.exe) to any folder you like, and run it.
The main window of acm displays the list of all ActiveX components that are currently available for enabling/disabling. For components that are currently installed on your computer, additional information is also displayed: 


  • product name, 
  • company name, 
  • description, 
  • version, 
  • filename.

If you want to disable an ActiveX component that doesn't appear in the list, you can add it to the list by using "Add New Items" option. On the "Add New Items" window, you can type one or more CLSIDs or ProgIDs separated by comma or enter key. For example: if you want to add ADODB.Stream and ShockwaveFlash.

ShockwaveFlash components to the list: You can simply type their CLSIDs:
{00000566-0000-0010-8000-00AA006D2EA4}
{D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000}

Or alternatively, you type their ProgIDs:
ADODB.Stream, ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash

After clicking 'Ok', the components that you typed are added to the ActiveX Compatibility list, and you are allowed to easily disable/enable them.
You can also add new CLSIDs from a text file, by using "Load New Items From File" option. When you use this options, all CLSIDs in the text file are added in disabled state.

Disabling/Enabling Macromedia Flash Player

By default, Flash player is not listed in the ActiveX Compatibility list (unless another program added it), but your can easily add it by following the instructions below:
  1. Select "Add New Items" from the File menu (or press Ctrl+N).
  2. Type the CLSID of Macromedia Flash: {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000}
    If flash is installed on your computer, you can also type the ProgID of Flash: ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash
  3. Press Ok, and Flash will be added to the 'ActiveX Compatibility' list. After that, you can easily select the Flash item, and then disable/enable it.


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