another activex security setting problem

  ironpig 20:01 28 Feb 05

Running Windows ME. Booted machine to find basic desktop environment - my regular files didn't appear on desktop. Windows 'Start' button doesn't display menu when pressed, it merely becomes disabled.
Cannot see files in Windows explorer - I get the message: "Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly."
Cannot open IE to reset security settings. Can open Windows help files, but cannot see those pages which would enable me to restore system. Can anyone please suggest a way to recover from this problem without reinstalling Windows?

Thanks, Ironpig.

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