Cause: One reason could be active content (ActiveX scripts and controls, as well as Java programs) in the Web pages you’re trying to view.
Comments: We’ll be talking about disabling active content, so some functionality in the Web sites that are causing the problem will be affected. Here are three steps you can take. After the first step, you should check and see if the Web page in question is loadable. If it’s not, continue to steps 2 and 3. These apply to IE versions 5.0, 5.01, 5.5 and 6.
Step 1: Configure Internet Explorer so that it does not run Active scripts automatically. Click Internet Options on the Tools menu in IE. Click the Security tab, click the Internet Web content zone, and then click Custom Level. In the Security Settings box, go the Scripting section, and click the Disable radio button next to both ‘Active scripting’ and ‘Scripting of Java applets’. Click OK twice to save and exit.
Step 2: Configure Internet Explorer so it does not automatically use items that show active content, such as vertical marquees or animations. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options, click the Security tab, click the Internet Web content zone, and then click Custom Level. In the Security Settings box, click Disable under all the following: ‘Download signed ActiveX controls’, ‘Download unsigned ActiveX controls’, ‘Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe’, ‘Run ActiveX controls and plugins’, and ‘Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting’. Click OK twice.
Step 3: Disable Java. Under Internet Options, click the Advanced tab. Scroll down to the Java icon where it says “Use JRE…” Uncheck the box.