#1 By: howtogeek, May 5th, 2013 06:42
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/162282/what-activex-controls-are-and-why-theyre-dangerous/
ActiveX controls are Internet Explorer’s version of plug-ins. For example, Internet Explorer’s Flash player is an ActiveX control. Unfortunately, ActiveX controls have been a significant source of security problems.
#2 By: campbell2644, May 5th, 2013 11:07
Another good reason to use Firefox
#3 By: BigTech, May 5th, 2013 12:51
That was pretty much the main reason I switched to Firefox. I've since found many others.
#5 By: ragflan, May 5th, 2013 13:48
I accidentally hit the delete button, and there was no confirmation prompt, so I'm just posting the same thing again.
Active X is a problem in South Korea. Almost every major site insists on installing Active X controls and only works properly on Internet Explorer. For a country that is technologically advanced, and ranks high in the top 10 list of countries that have the fastest Internet speeds, the widespread use of Active X, despite its widely criticized use, is really puzzling.
#6 By: BigTech, May 5th, 2013 13:59
Not really. It happens quite often that certain standards are simply just adopted by countries. Remember there was a time when IE was the dominant browser (sure there was netscape and opera but come on). And since it was assumed that everyone was using Ie websites were built with an IE focus.
One would think that would change but such change is very slow. Since they still know that just about everyone has access to IE they just keep their old activex dependent sites rather than pay someone to design an alternate or more browser neutral site.
#7 By: Teal, May 6th, 2013 17:33
Confused. Not a Geek. I use Firefox. There were two different Adobe Flash Players listed on Task Manager, processes, yesterday, and I wondered what that was about. You Geeks must be psychic. (My Windows 7 crashes frequently and I keep trying to figure it out.) So I have uninstalled one flash player but when I ask to uninstall the second which is a plugin, it wants me to close Firefox first. I check Firefox and there is no Flash Payer add-on listed. Do I just uninstall the Flash add-on anyway? (I got into trouble with Apache Open Office last fall when I uninstalled Java. Now I am a little gun shy.) Should I never install another?
#8 By: Teal, May 9th, 2013 12:57
More Confused. Now my HP F4280, All-in-One says that It will not function without Adobe Flash Player, so I have started to install it again. So how do I live without Adobe Flash or Java if I have programs which are dependent on them? I have to close Firefox to do the install. Any answers?
#9 By: David Carrigan, January 22nd, 2014 10:00
This is the most horrid explanation of what ActiveX controls actually are. They are not software specific. They are not browser plug-ins. They do not belong to Internet Explorer only. It is a technology framework built for the Microsoft OS and it's applications a like, such as IE. Essentially ActiveX is, in my view a standardized, standalone functional control that communicates with standards for dynamic uses. For example: using ActiveX controls back in the day with VB6 to build AOL AIM Clients, media players, everything. It just depends on the usage and what I'm trying to accomplish Literally everything software based. Not just web browsers. Web browsers have just given the usage control of ActiveX controls into the hands of the user. Not the developer.