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How to disable Flash in IE

I hate Flash intros - is there any way to stop Internet Explorer from running them?

Colin Davies
Friday, March 15, 2002

If I'm not mistaken, IE considers flash an Active X and if you disable Active X it should disable flash....

Mark W
Friday, March 15, 2002

I don't have Flash installed on my machine. Whenever IE asks me whether I want to download and install it, I press the "no thank you very much" button.

Christopher Wells
Friday, March 15, 2002

I finally tracked this down:

Colin Davies
Friday, March 15, 2002

but if you unregister the Flash Player ActiveX control, you'll get an annoying "Do you want you to download Flash?" message box on any web page that uses Flash. I think that's much worse than any Flash ads..

Just in case anyone here LIKES Flash, you can now download the new Flash Player 6 today:

Banana Fred
Friday, March 15, 2002

Advertisers really have gotten obnoxious with those flash adds though. Especially the ones you can't close until 10 seconds into the ad that (a) starts invisible, and (b) scroll all over the page before popping up a close button.

<vague usability issue, almost joel-like content>
Don't websites like realize this is making it more difficult for us to get to the content and more likely to go other places?
</almost joel like content>

we now return you to your regularly scheduled software project management discussion.

Mark W
Tuesday, March 19, 2002

You can use "No! Flash"

It is very cool

Referring URL:

Baryon Lee
Thursday, October 3, 2002

I have been drawing together solutions to the problem here:

Thursday, October 3, 2002

i just wonder why you forward to a yahoo group and then deny access.

Friday, October 4, 2002

in the last year or so flash has become far more common as an advertising tool than anything else.  I wanted a way to stop and start the plugin on demand. ii first settled on renaming the plugin so the browser couldn't find it, but this became laborious, so i wrote a desktop tool that renames the plugin back and forth.  it works with every browser i've tried so far (although turning it off in IE requires closing your browser). anyway, it's free and open source, and you can download it here:

Sunday, October 6, 2002

Thanks, guys... Flash is driving me crazy!! I found this topic in a search, got rid of Flash, I feel much better now!!

Kim / Seattle
Wednesday, November 6, 2002

You can try IEFriend. It can disable/enable flash in realtime without restarting your browser.The position of flash located will be displayed blank.  If you want to see the flash, you can temporarily enable flash by pressing "Ctrl".
That is very cool.
th URL is

Thursday, December 12, 2002

i just installed "noflash"
it saved my sanity.

oh, it works good too

Thursday, February 20, 2003

full proof way to disable flash in win XP with out any pop error's , messages, or prompts. Feels like Flash was never even invented.

Click Start, Run, type regedit

Go to following dir:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\

Click Edit, New.. Key

Name New Key:

Now create new DWORD value inside this key.

Rename this DWORD value to "Compatibility Flags"

Set Value Data to 400 and Base to Hexadecimal.

This seems complicated but you will see along the way it make's much more sense.

If you want to disable flash correctly without compromising performance this is the way. To enable flash simply delete the key.

Neel Shah
Wednesday, July 2, 2003

thanks god, "noflash" works good. I think it is a perfect one. Easy to use, and it's small(64k). I had disabled all the flash ad.

Julius zhu
Thursday, September 11, 2003

I wonder if there is a way to disable flash without having to use any third party software.

I'm using Win2000. Can I make change to the Registry for this end?

Fang Licheng
Friday, December 19, 2003

I'd like to find an easy way to turn it off/on, rather than filtering it out. I want the web page to be given a chance to realize I don't have the plugin and send me to their HTML version of the site, or replace the flash navigation with an HTML version. NoFlash does block the flash but doesn't enable the web site to correct for this. However, I also don't want that annoying popup asking me to install flash.

Friday, January 23, 2004

The tip to modify the registry works very well. Thanks a lot, I didn't want to install any software to accomplish this.

Fernando Sanchez
Thursday, February 19, 2004

Create a file in Notepad called "disableflash.reg" with the 4 lines of text shown between the lines below.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

Create a file in Notepad called "enableflash.reg" with the 3 lines of text shown between the lines below.

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000}]

You can make shortcuts to these files and then copy those into IE's Favorites menu, or Links toolbar. Now you've got an in-browser way to turn Flash on and off. Thanks for the original registry trick, it works great.

Cool Hand Leech
Thursday, April 8, 2004

use Wingate proxy server and ban all "url  end with .swf or .gif or .exe ;)

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Very little utility (1Kb) here

"Flash enabler/disabler" under the topic "Misc Stuffs".
Works well and there is no install to do. It's just a script, running as an .exe would.

It will show a simple  dialogue box asking if you want to disable or enable Flash. It does NOT install or uninstall flash.

You can edit the script it to check the content. It basically add or remove the regitry entry that is given in this thread.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Flash has gotten me to the bottom in IE. I disabled it permanently. Thanks guys.

Friday, May 21, 2004

I've tried just about all the methods; some work, some don't, but still haven't found a way to stop the:

"This page provides unsafe information to an ActiveX control. Your current security settings prohibit running controls in this manner. As a result, this page may not display correctly."

error message in WindowsXP.

Granted, this message box is less annoying than most flash presentations, but it's still a royal PITA.

If anyone knows a way to prevent that dialog, I'd be mighty grateful.

Drew Kirk
Friday, June 11, 2004

"This page provides unsafe information to an ActiveX control. Your current security settings prohibit running controls in this manner. As a result, this page may not display correctly."

This message will only be displayed a couple of times. It will stop by itlself after you have browsed a few pages or restarted IE or WinXP.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Hi, my dad has a very slow 166mhz computer and a 56k connection. I'm trying to find ways to increase internet speed, so far NoFlash has accelerated Ie a lot. Do you have any other tips to increase speed on Internet Explorer on such an old computer. Thanks.

Nick Lord
Tuesday, August 31, 2004

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