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Install ActiveX-the hows and whys of it

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To install ActiveX is very easy and it takes very less time and effort by a user. There are different methods to install ActiveX, on different platforms. It rarely matters if the user is a newbie or a thorough professional.

 

ActiveX is a popular framework which is used to separate the reusable components of a computer program or application. It was designed and marketed by Microsoft Corporation into the international market, way back in 1996. The program was basically introduced to offer support to other products such as the Embedding application and the Object Linking and so on. The framework is used by most programs of Microsoft such as the Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and Microsoft Visual Studio and so on. The way the framework is installed varies from one system to another. It is not just a matter of importance, but also necessity. It is an important component if one wishes to view videos over the Internet. Installing ActiveX is easy, provided one has a web browser that runs on Windows 9x or a higher platform.

 

One needs both, Windows and Internet Explorer to install ActiveX. If Windows is installed, by default, Internet Explorer will be installed too. If incase, IE is not installed, one can access the official page of Microsoft and may download the latest version. After the download of the latest version, it is observed that the ActiveX has also been installed.

 

Usually, in the recent times, to install ActiveX, takes place along with the installation of Microsoft. Or else, there is a separate function for the purpose of downloading the framework, so all one needs to do is click the installer and follow the instructions.

 

Then after the installation, the files with the extension “.ocx” need to be checked. This is usually possible by typing *.ocx in the “search” of the start menu. This will confirm the successful download of ActiveX. However, in the case of Netscape, one must install the plugins before installing ActiveX. The procedures do not vary for Netscape, Mozilla and Firefox. There are different methods to install ActiveX on different platforms. They are listed below:

 

For Vista:

 

  • “Control Panel” of the “Start” Menu
  • Click the “Windows and Features” Icon
  • Pick the “Turn Windows Features on or off” option from the menu
  • Select the box adjacent to the ActiveX installer service. One can choose either between “automatic” or “manual”.

 

For Internet Explorer:

 

  • In the IE web browser, select “Internet Options” , followed by “Security.”
  • Choose “Trusted Sites”
  • Next, choose “Sites”
  • Check the box next to the option “Require server verification”
  • Choose the website that requires the ActiveX control, type that into the window that reads as “Add this Website to the Zone” and hit Add
  • Exit from the previous Window.
  • Right Click on the “Internet Options”
  • Check “OK” and “Save” to finalize the process

 

There are some risks involved while installing ActiveX. For instance, repeatedly installing these controls could lead to personal data getting stolen and subsequently misused, computer can stop working properly, browsing habits may be noted and so on.

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March 7th, 2011 at 5:38 am

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How to Set Up Activex

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Before the development of Activex the World Wide Web was two dimensional only comprising text and graphics. Activex introduced multimedia effects, interactive objects, and many more complex applications. It’s a group of technologies which make possible the interaction of software components within a network. This software is downloadable and includes activex controls and documents making the technology which lets programs work together.

Activex was the response of the Microsoft Cooperation towards coming of JAVA. Activex contributed to a rise in the creativeness of developers because of its wide appeal. It’s supported in multiple languages and features various tools. The training curve for developers using Activex is regarded to generally be low allowing persons with varying ability be able to make use of it. The library of software components which is on the market is considerable large and nurtures creativity and uniqueness.

Normally most users run into Activex control when browsing the internet. The user may be prompted to download add on so that you can view the web page, it is effectively a compact program employed to boost the browsing experience. This normally appears towards the top of the net page just beneath the toolbar. A security warning is displayed and information such as the publisher’s name is provided and the choice to ‘Install’ or ‘Don’t Install’ is offered.

Benefits and Issues

Activex is able to work across most platforms to include Macintosh, Windows and UNIX os’s.

It also maintains industry standards for instance HTML, TCP/IP, Java, COM, among others.

Activex documents provides users to see non-HTML documents inside a web browser.

An Activex enables browser is likewise capable to run JAVA applets.

The Activex Server Frameworks provides certain web server-based roles for instance security, and database access.

Activex components can be utilized by a number of applications; however, this is also possilble for an attacker to work with the identical components to operate malicious codes.

Many of the controls have been shown to be malicious; hence users are prompted before a site attempts to have access to the controls. It is then up to the person to determine if the request is trustworthy.

These controls enables websites to gather personal information and monitor browsing habits.

They can also lead to the nuisance of pop-ups.

Installation

Activex is installed automatically in the Internet Explorer browser; however if using another browser for example Firefox, it will have to be installed. Download a third-part Mozilla ActiveX Plug-in made in particular to support ActiveX.

Research the web page that wants to install the control ensure these are trustworthy because of potential harm they may cause.

Open the web page that requested the installation. If the control is not yet installed and information bar will appear at the top of the screen.

Click on the information bar and a menu will appear.

The options to ‘Install’ or ‘Do not Install’ will be given, select install.

A pop-up window will appear, asking if you wish to install. Select yes.

After download is complete the web page will load.

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How to Configure Active-X in Internet Explorer

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ActiveX is a popular framework which is used to separate the reusable components of a computer program or application. It was designed and marketed by Microsoft Corporation into the international market, way back in 1996. The program was basically introduced to offer support to other products such as the Embedding application and the Object Linking and so on. The framework is used by most programs of Microsoft such as the Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and Microsoft Visual Studio and so on. The way the framework is installed varies from one system to another. It is not just a matter of importance, but also necessity. It is an important component if one wishes to view videos over the Internet. Installing ActiveX is easy, provided one has a web browser that runs on Windows 9x or a higher platform.

One needs both, Windows and Internet Explorer to install ActiveX. If Windows is installed, by default, Internet Explorer will be installed too. If incase, IE is not installed, one can access the official page of Microsoft and may download the latest version. After the download of the latest version, it is observed that the ActiveX has also been installed.

Usually, in the recent times, to install ActiveX, takes place along with the installation of Microsoft. Or else, there is a separate function for the purpose of downloading the framework, so all one needs to do is click the installer and follow the instructions.

Then after the installation, the files with the extension “.ocx” need to be checked. This is usually possible by typing *.ocx in the “search” of the start menu. This will confirm the successful download of ActiveX. However, in the case of Netscape, one must install the plugins before installing ActiveX. The procedures do not vary for Netscape, Mozilla and Firefox. There are different methods to install ActiveX on different platforms. They are listed below:

For Vista:

“Control Panel” of the “Start” Menu

Click the “Windows and Features” Icon

Pick the “Turn Windows Features on or off” option from the menu

Select the box adjacent to the ActiveX installer service. One can choose either between “automatic” or “manual”.

For Internet Explorer:

In the IE web browser, select “Internet Options” , followed by “Security.”

Choose “Trusted Sites”

Next, choose “Sites”

Check the box next to the option “Require server verification”

Choose the website that requires the ActiveX control, type that into the window that reads as “Add this Website to the Zone” and hit Add

Exit from the previous Window.

Right Click on the “Internet Options”

Check “OK” and “Save” to finalize the process

There are some risks involved while installing ActiveX. For instance, repeatedly installing these controls could lead to personal data getting stolen and subsequently misused, computer can stop working properly, browsing habits may be noted and so on.