Running IE6 on XP.

Initially saw that IE had problems opening HTTPS connections, though they worked fine on Netscape 7 (Mozilla). So I tried to go to Windows Update to see if any patches were available, and I get the message "Your security settings prohibit you from running Active X controls on this page" (or something like that).

The problem is, my settings are fine. IE doesn't recognize them correctly. I even tried temporarily turning my security settings to 'low' and still got the same message.

Any ideas? (Yes, there are really 2 issues in this post)