Changed ActiveX settings add risk


February 21, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I hope you can help me. On one Web page, and that page only, I get this message: "Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page. As a result, this page may not display correctly." I click on "OK," but the message keeps appearing.

ActiveX is a tool that can cause quite a bit of mischief if used by vandals. Anyway, here is the drill:

Look in the lower left corner of the screen, and you will see a little red symbol that looks like the CBS eye logo. That signals that you're at a page with security issues. Click on the Tools menu and scroll down to Internet options. Click that and the Security tab in the next display. Click on the red icon for Restricted site and then click on the Custom box, and you will get a display with a number of radio buttons that will allow you to enable or disable ActiveX.

You also can set your security settings anywhere from low to high using that menu. Do so at your own peril.

I would suggest that if this one site is the only one getting kicked back, it might be better to do without it than to take a chance.

I want to switch from Netscape to Microsoft Internet Explorer on my legacy Power Mac G3, which has 288 megabytes of RAM and a 30-gigabyte hard drive, but whenever I open IE and try to import Netscape settings (i.e., Address Book, Inbox, etc.) I get a "Danger: Memory running dangerously low" error message.

Probably your copy of Microsoft IE has memory settings set too high for your particular Mac's other configurations. You need to find the icon for IE to make the needed change. You cannot use an alias. If you have an alias on the desktop, hold down the control key and click it. Then pick Show Original in the display that comes up.

In the folder that gets displayed, hold the control key down again and click on the main IE icon. Select Get Info in the box that appears. Then pick Memory. In the box that comes up, set the minimum size to 200k and the maximum also to 200k.

If that doesn't solve the problem, experiment with settings until you find just the right one.

James Coates writes for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. He can be reached at

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