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What is Active X

Question : I have read that having ActiveX on a PC can be both a good and a bad thing. But what exactly is ActiveX?

Answer : ActiveX is a technology developed by Microsoft that lets different programs share information. An ActiveX control, a small program that uses the ActiveX technology, can be downloaded and run by a Web browser, which makes the Web page more interactive. Some online games have ActiveX controls, for example.

But while ActiveX controls can add features to Web pages, they can also directly affect the computer by interacting with the Windows operating system. This can be a good thing in terms of increased functionality, but a bad thing in terms of security. Rogue ActiveX controls downloaded from a Web page can be used to spread viruses and other malicious software to unsuspecting computers.

Microsoft has taken measures to help browsers identify good ActiveX controls before downloading, and the company released security patches for ActiveX this year. Keeping your system up to date with the latest Windows security patches, as well as using an antivirus and anti-spyware program, can help keep rogue ActiveX controls at bay. You can also turn off or limit Internet Explorer's use of ActiveX controls in the browser's security settings.


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What is Active X ?

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