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Active X

I have a question...Is Active X spyware/adware and if I download it is it an open door for these. Is it a safe download to use for msn ect.

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No... But....

In reply to: Active X

ActiveX is just a way of extending the functionality of a web browser, but it's also the way most spyware manages to get a foothold in your system. Just take my word for it unless you want a long technical explanation.

The security risks posed by ActiveX are just one of numerous reasons why I tell people to avoid IE like the plague. If you haven't been infested with spyware yet, count your blessings and start using Firefox or Opera immediately. Otherwise, clean up the spyware, then start using Firefox or Opera immediately following.

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Generally not

In reply to: Active X

ActiveX is just coding to allow certain web page enhancements to run.

But ActiveX can be the door for malware to get into your system, so only allow IE to install ActiveX from reputable sites. You can change how IE handles ActiveX through Tools > Internet Options, Security tab, highlight "Itnernet" and click "Custom levels". Either disable or "Prompt before downloading signed ActiveX".

Any unisgned ActiveX should be disabled, in my view.

Mark

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free Mcafee online scan

In reply to: Generally not

One of the things you need active x for is to run a free Mcafee online scan.

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