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
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.