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? Jul 31, 2009 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. Jul 31, 2009 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


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    Sounds the most plausible; I've seen IE whine about jQuery before... Jul 31, 2009 at 7:43
  • Noticed that on the second ticket (4651) some enterprising spammer posted their herbal links.
    – random
    Jul 31, 2009 at 9:02
  • i see the same symptoms on twitter.com, this would explain it - thanks! Aug 2, 2009 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?

  • 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 Jul 31, 2009 at 7:25
  • captured html from a page, can download from filefactory.com/file/ahg75a7/n/SO-AX_html Jul 31, 2009 at 7:46
  • it's probably jquery...though it only happens about 1 time in 10 Jul 31, 2009 at 8:13
  • the funny thing is - stackoverflow.com is a trusted site, so the activex control must be coming from a different domain! Jul 31, 2009 at 8:16
  • do you think it's reacting to our hosting of jQuery at Google? Jul 31, 2009 at 8:32
  • It's probably reacting to jQuery period, regardless of where it's hosted.
    – random
    Jul 31, 2009 at 8:38

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