Posted 16 May 2005 - 05:52 PM
ActiveX has full access to Windows. If a rogue ActiveX program got into your computer, it could do all kinds of damage. That's why Internet Explorer has security settings for ActiveX.
Click Tools>Internet Options. Select the Security tab. There are five settings under "ActiveX controls and plug-ins."
1. Download signed ActiveX controls--Prompt. Signed ActiveX controls are considered safer, because they come from a known organization. But I suggest you be asked.
2. Download unsigned ActiveX controls--Disable.
3. Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe--Disable.
4. Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins--Enable. Once you approved them, you wont be asked about them repeatedly.
5. Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting--Enable.
You'll occasionally get a message asking if you want to download a program. It's probably an ActiveX control. If you know what it is and need it, say yes. If it's from a major company that you trust, check the box to always allow downloads. Otherwise, the answer should be no. You'd just be asking for trouble.
Spike's advice: Backup your data routinely.