Common ActiveX Problems

ActiveX is a technology that was developed by the Microsoft to provide reusable application modules along with incorporating unique program functionalities and interactivities. This technology allows for the embedding of different programs using the OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) method also developed by Microsoft.

Information as well as formats can be shared among varying software applications using this technology. For software developers, it has resulted in the simplicity of creating control sets as well as allowing for the deployment of multiple technologies under a single host framework.

The role of ActiveX is highlighted by its wide usage on the Internet wherein a majority of websites are made capable of hosting animations, playing multimedia contents and allowing for other interactive tasks. However, along with its various advantages come its distinct disadvantages.

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For one, ActiveX has been targeted by many malware developers. This is primarily because once an ActiveX control is downloaded and installed on your system, the rights of the control is dependent on the rights of the currently logged in computer user. A malicious developer can therefore gain unlimited access to your system (and network) using the ActiveX controls.

The most common way to deal with these types of security threats is to use web browsers that do not support ActiveX controls. Mozilla Firefox is an example of such a browser. However, some people prefer to experience the features ActiveX can provide. If you wish to continue to use Internet Explorer, you can protect your computer system by:

  1. Installing a firewall and making sure that it is configured to allow only the installation of approved ActiveX controls.
  2. Make the necessary changes in the web browser configuration so that you will be alerted once an ActiveX control attempts to install itself.
  3. Verify that your electronic mailing program will not automatically download attachments and ensure that you have control over all downloads.
  4. Download a competent Windows database error fixer and PC optimization tool to make sure that no malware entry is included. This will also prevent the loading of the malware during the boot up process.
  5. Configure your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs to conduct regular system scanning. Also make sure that all protection programs are updated to present adequate protection for the computer system. These security programs must be capable of not only quarantining but also deleting ActiveX controls.

Still in the area of security, make sure that you only download ActiveX controls from known developers. Internet Explorer must also be constantly updated to minimize security loopholes.

Another common problem with ActiveX controls is that your system normally prevents its installation even if they are authorized. This commonly results in the incorrect display of Web pages. To resolve this problem:

  1. Click on the Start menu and choose the "Run" option
  2. Type in the command "REGEDIT" in the Open box and press the enter key
  3. Click on the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" category and choose the "Software" option
  4. Select "Microsoft" then "Windows" and choose "CurrentVersion" under it
  5. Select "Internet Settings" followed by Zones and then 0
  6. You should be able to locate the 1200 entry and double click it to modify the value to 0
  7. Repeat the same process for the same entry located under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ InternetSettings\ Zones\ 0
  8. Close the registry editor and restart your computer. This should allow the display of web pages without any errors

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