ActiveX IS the plugin for Internet Explorer. The plugin itself is 6mb but there are at least 11mb in other files in (C/Windows/System32/Macromed and C/Windows/SysWOW64/Macromed) that "run it".
That makes sense. However, I can't get flash player 11 to install install from the Adobe site. It downloads and appears to be installed. I've tried several times. The application says it's installed upon finish prompt. However, it doesn't appear in programming, nor does it work when trying to view anything requiring a flash player. Any ideas why it says it's installed when it isn't or at least if installed is not functional.
This is a known problem with Internet Explorer 11, which Microsoft has been aware of since October 18 when they released their latest "untested" browser. The pages can't recognize the browser, so they don't recognize any of the plugins, like Flash Player. So far, Microsoft has made NO indication that they have any plan to fix it soon.
Microsoft's recommendation is to use Compatibility View for affected pages, and "pretend" you're using an different browser. Trouble with that is it has seen limited success at best, and you have to individually enable it for EVERY page that has problems.
I'm not big on "pretending" so I recommend actually using another browser.
ANY of those will work where IE11 won't, with the Flash Player Plug-in (For all other browsers), and Chrome doesn't even need that because it has its own Flash Player plugin built in.