Allowing Active Content to Run

If you are using Windows XP you may see this message attached to the IE toolbar (possibly accompanied by a pop up message to look at your Information Bar):

"To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this file from showing Active Content..."

For ActiveGuide content to run it must temporarily place a file in your computer's cache (as does every graphic on every web page) which disappears after it has run.  IE on XP attempts to screen out harmful files and in the process often blocks simple JavaScript from running (JavaScript is common on many sites).  If you get this message you can change your IE settings to allow the Toolbar content to run:

On your IE toolbar Click on "Tools" -> "Internet Options" -> "Advanced"

Scroll down to "Security" and ensure that "Allow active content to run in files on My Computer" is checked.

Does this put me at risk?

This change will only allow the temporary caching of content that will then run on the pages in your browser.  It does not put you at risk of installing pernicious software as windows will still not allow files to be permanently downloaded and/or installed without your explicit permission (you will be prompted to give permission).

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