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    Strangle the Flash player (6)

    Turning off "play animation in web pages" has reduced a lot of distracting clutter during my browsing, but those pesky Flash animations are still there. It is sometimes possible to stop each animation by right clicking them, but I want to put an end to the damn things in one fowl swoop. Anyone know of third party software that can automatically strangle the pesky ######s?

    (Yes, I know that ads help pay for many sites and I have no problem with this. However, I refuse to anything to do with an ad that throbs and sparkles and jiggles and flashes. Work is distracting enough as it is!)

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    Re: Strangle the Flash player (6)

    Spyware Blaster has a nice option to remove Flash. This program is highly recommended for its MAIN purpose as well...

    If that does not suit you, I can get you a Flash-specific blocker. And it is: TurnFlash

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    Re: Strangle the Flash player (6)

    Flash is an ActiveX control. You either can block ActiveX controls in your Internet Zone (not sure what else you would be missing), or try to uninstall Flash player (and disable ActiveX downloads).

    Now, I thought Flash Player would be one of the objects accessible via IE's Tools>Internet Options...>Settings>View Objects... but I don't see it there. Hmm....

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    Re: Strangle the Flash player (6)

    I submit that blocking all ActiveX in the Internet zone is a noble concept -- and one to which I subscribe -- but perhaps one for which the use is not yet ready. If you decide to block ActiveX in the Internet zone, you will now:

    1) No longer be able to use any ActiveX in that zone -- and that includes Acrobat Reader and Microsoft's Window's Update.
    2) Have to deal with those annoying warnings from IE -- telling you what you already know: "This page cannot be displayed properly".

    If you wish to specifically kill Flash and nothing else, I recommend you use the techniques above -- or I can show you how to do it manually in the registry. Flash should exist as a "Downloaded Program File" -- or at least it used to with earlier versions. Perhaps Shockwave decided that they would hide it from the user to make it more difficult to remove...

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    Re: Strangle the Flash player (6)

    I currently set to prompt, so I'm familiar with the warning #2.

    Re: #1, Microsoft.com in trusted zone takes care of WU; turning off Browse in same window for PDF would take care of Acrobats if I didn't use Prompt.

    Yes, life is more work this way, but until MS lets me choose which objects to run on an object-by-object basis, or I buy a filter that strips them before loading, I don't see that I have much choice.

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    Re: Strangle the Flash player (6)

    Agreed on all points -- except that I despise Prompts so much that I use Disable in the Internet zone. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> There is no easy, built-in way to get rid of the recurrnet ActiveX warning. (A third-party tool can be used to bypass this, but there is no method given to us by MS).

    So, one is left with the Prompt or the Warning MsgBox -- either way, one has to hit a button. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> However, I believe using Prompt and clicking No means you still get the Warning MsgBox -- so you would have to click two buttons. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> Since I assume I don't trust any site in my Internet zone, I don't see why I need to keep clicking No. If I decide I want to trust the site (and allowing a site to run ActiveX means you REALLY trust them), then I quickly stick it in my Trusted sites and click Refresh.
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    However, this security-oriented view may be a little too drastic (at this point in time) for most users. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> After enough browser-hijacks and other ActiveX-based attacks, perhaps more people will come to agree that ActiveX is a little too dangerous to be fully enabled in the Internet zone...

    It depends on how far Jezsik wants to take the security of the Internet zone. Simply disabling ActiveX in the Internet zone will certainly eliminate all Flash -- and lead to a much more secure computer. Jezsik will then need to be prepared to have to enter all the sites that are to be 'trusted' into the Trusted zone -- such as Windows Update. And the first step there is removing the 'https check' from that box.

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    OK, maybe just control the d@mn thing

    The suggestions so far are pretty drastic. I don't want to cut off my nose to spite my face, but simply regain control over how Flash works. I'd started using the Google bar to stop popups a few weeks ago (as if there weren't ENOUGH reasons to love Google) and it made a positive impact on my browsing experience. It alerts me when a popup has happened and gives me the option of viewing it. Now, if only I could get similar product that dealt with Flash animations.

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    Re: OK, maybe just control the d@mn thing

    Maybe this???? In the CtrlPanel| Add/Remove| WindowsSetup -2nd Tab| Multimedia Subsection ...uncheck it, reboot?
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    Re: OK, maybe just control the d@mn thing

    I beg to differ! My first post clearly lists a simple tool used to control Flash and only Flash! How is that pretty drastic??

    As I suspect and stated, you are simply not ready to control ActiveX in general. No surprise...

    If a simple on/off user-interface to control Flash is "too drastic", the attached .reg file gives you no user-interface at all. Just run it and Flash will never appear in IE again.
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    Re: Strangle the Flash player (6)

    If you would be willing to try an alternative to Internet Explorer, Avant Browser could be a solution to lightening the load when browsing. It has controls to allow or disallow a whole host of 'intrusions' that can be turned on or off as needed.
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