this site may require Active X
A good question to ask.
Many sites do require it.
Windows Update will. The updating is assisted by having a small
application (software program) on your own PC to "interact" with the website.
You would have, at some time, perhaps back in August or September,
been told that you needed it to get updates if you visited the site.
Microsoft changed their procedures about then.
You might recall, a dialog box asking if you trust the source of the ActiveX download.
You can also check a box "to always trust this source" at a time like that.
Two more things to keep in mind, boopme
1. All Hijack This logs identify ActiveX applications on a PC.
Simply look for the entries that begin with O16.
The letters DPF mean Downloaded Program Files, and the website(s) that
are the origination of them are shown as the URL somewhere in the entry.
2. The program SpywareBlaster is designed to "monitor" these kinds of programs.
If installed on your PC, that application will allow you to block any or all of the ones in it's database.
The database is accessible to view, also, within the program.
Presently, with the newest update, the definitions number about 3,400.
Those are all individual applets.
These identified applets also show sites that use the DPFs to install malware,
either asking you first & using 'social engineering" to make it seem OK,
or simply doing it,
and detail the exact nature of the ones involved.
Probably twice that number are associated with other sites
(particularly game related) and are perfectly fine.
You can have dozens of them if you like, and your online
visits to websites will offer more, depending on which they are.
BTW, the online scans all require ActiveX to be able to scan your PC for viruses, too.
The DPFs definitely have a positive reason to exist, using the Internet.
One last note: The "counterpart" to activeX DPFs, when using an alternative browser to Internet Explorer,
and as an alternative used by some sites for all browsers is
made possible by the Java Runtime Environment,
created in much the same way as Microsoft did activeX,
by Sun Microsystems.
Sun Java "applets" (small applications) enable, in a very similar way, extra cntent
Because it differs from ActiveX in fundamental design,
the Java is vulnerable in different ways than that of MS ActiveX.
Arguably in far less ways, also.
So my bottomline is this:
Understanding the role of Downloaded Programs in these two ways is important,
for all persons using the Internet.
You can choose to eliminate them from your PC anytime, also.
Several programs are able to safely do it.
Edited by phawgg, 16 April 2005 - 10:23 PM.