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My IE security settings reject it (and all ActiveX controls) of course, but I'm curious — what ActiveX control is this site (and Server Fault) trying to run?

Note: It doesn't always happen. Something connected to the ads perhaps?

caught it on superuser.com

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Any particular reason why you've scrubbed out your user name and rep? –  Kyle Cronin Jul 31 '09 at 7:27
    
@[Kyle Cronin]: I originally tried to host the image on flickr, but it didn't work so I moved it to...uh...somewhere else, i think. –  Steven A. Lowe Jul 31 '09 at 7:31

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Probably throwing a hissy fit because of high security settings triggered by the inclusion of jQuery.

JQuery bugs:
IE7 wants to run ActiveX add-on

http://bugs.jquery.com/ticket/4017
http://bugs.jquery.com/ticket/4651

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Sounds the most plausible; I've seen IE whine about jQuery before... –  Marc Gravell Jul 31 '09 at 7:43
    
Noticed that on the second ticket (4651) some enterprising spammer posted their herbal links. –  random Jul 31 '09 at 9:02
    
i see the same symptoms on twitter.com, this would explain it - thanks! –  Steven A. Lowe Aug 2 '09 at 3:58

We don't use any ActiveX controls, can you clarify what it is you're referring to?

EDIT: we have looked ad this and we have no idea what IE7 "thinks" it is blocking. Any ideas?

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caught one, see image in question edit. scanned through html on client-side but saw nothing that looked like an activex control... unfortunately IE is fairly obtuse about what it thinks it is blocking –  Steven A. Lowe Jul 31 '09 at 7:25
    
captured html from a page, can download from filefactory.com/file/ahg75a7/n/SO-AX_html –  Steven A. Lowe Jul 31 '09 at 7:46
    
it's probably jquery...though it only happens about 1 time in 10 –  Steven A. Lowe Jul 31 '09 at 8:13
    
the funny thing is - stackoverflow.com is a trusted site, so the activex control must be coming from a different domain! –  Steven A. Lowe Jul 31 '09 at 8:16
    
do you think it's reacting to our hosting of jQuery at Google? –  Jeff Atwood Jul 31 '09 at 8:32
    
It's probably reacting to jQuery period, regardless of where it's hosted. –  random Jul 31 '09 at 8:38

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