ActiveXHelper v1.12 - View ActiveX Information
Copyright (c) 2004 - 2007 Nir Sofer


ActiveXHelper is a small utility that allows you to view essential information about ActiveX components installed on your computer. You can view the entire (and very large !) list of ActiveX components by loading it from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID Registry key, or alternatively, display only the ActiveX components that you specify. In addition, you can temporarily disable specific ActiveX components. When ActiveX components are disabled, they cannot be used by any software, until you enable them again.

Versions History

  • Version 1.12
    • The configuration is now saved into a cfg file, instead of the Registry
  • Version 1.11
    • A tooltip is displayed when a string in a column is longer than the column length.
  • Version 1.10
    • Fixed Bug: %SystemRoot% appeared in filename.
    • New option: List only ActiveX components with missing file (Obsolete entries)
    • New option: Open In RegEdit.
  • Version 1.01 - Added support for Windows XP style.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

Using ActiveXHelper

ActiveXHelper is a standalone program, and thus it doesn't require any installation process or additional DLLs. In order to start using it, just run the executable file - axhelper.exe

When you first run ActiveXHelper, the following options are displayed:

  • Load ActiveX list from the following Registry key: If you choose this option, the CLSID list is loaded from the Registry key that your specify. By default, the list is loaded from KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID - which means that all ActiveX components on your computer will be displayed - a very long list !
  • Load ActiveX list from the following text file: If you choose this option, the ActiveX list is loaded from the text file that you specify. The text file should contain a list of CLSIDs (e.g.: {01E9E99D-9E81-4CEF-0AA5-C62667469295}) and/or ProgIDs (e.g.: ADODB.Stream, DAO.DBEngine) separated by comma or CRLF characters.
  • Load ActiveX list from the following CLSID/ProgID list: If you choose this option, the ActiveX list is loaded from the text-box below this option. As in the previous option, the text you specify should contain a list of CLSIDs and ProgIDs, separated by comma or CRLF characters.

If you check the "List only ActiveX controls" option, only ActiveX controls are displayed.

After choosing the desired options, click 'Ok' in order to start loading the ActiveX list. After the ActiveX list is loaded, you can select one or more ActiveX components, and then save them to HTML/Text/XML file, copy them to the clipboard, disable/enable them, or register/unregister their associated DLL/OCX file.

Command-Line Options

/disable <CLSID> Disable the specified CLSID.
/enable <CLSID> Enable the specified CLSID that you previously disabled with /disable option.
/noselect Load the ActiveX list according to your last settings, without displaying the ActiveX selection dialog-box.

Translating to other languages

This utility allows you to easily translate all menus, dialog-boxes, and other strings to other languages.
In order to do that, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run ActiveXHelper with /savelangfile parameter:
    axhelper.exe /savelangfile
    A file named axhelper_lng.ini will be created in the folder of ActiveXHelper utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all menus, dialog-boxes, and string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run ActiveXHelper, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run ActiveXHelper without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to

Download ActiveXHelper
ActiveXHelper is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of ActiveXHelper, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'axhelper_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed ActiveXHelper utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
ArabicAbo Rehaam 30/05/20111.12
Brazilian PortuguesePaulo Guzmán 01/04/20131.12
Danish Lfete 03/07/2009 
DutchJan Verheijen 10/04/20111.12
FrenchGruntz 15/03/2005 
Galician Xosé Antón Vicente Rodríguez 05/10/2004 
German «Latino» auf 11/03/20141.12
GreekGeorge Georgiou 21/11/2008 
Hebrew  15/09/2006 
Hungarian Hevesi János 12/05/2007 
Italian Giacomo Margarito 18/06/2006 
Japanese X-WORKS 17/01/2005 
Polish wins 18/08/2006 
Portuguese BrazilMark Nascimento - Bambuí 14/05/2005 
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae) 23/12/20111.12
Russian Ulugbek Odilov (aka hyperione) 14/05/2005 
Simplified Chinese Minfy Wang 12/07/2006 
SlovakFrantišek Fico 09/12/20171.12
SpanishAngel De Giorgi - Argentina 23/12/20121.12
Taiwanese Republic Of Taiwan 25/08/2006 
Traditional Chinese wilson ko 02/09/2006 
TurkishHARUN ARI 11/07/20111.12
Valencian vjatv 03/11/2008