Need info on Active X

By learninmypc
Aug 29, 2012
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  1. I'm trying to convince some friends on why they need to use Firefox instead of IE. I tried to explain it,but since I only know its not good, I need easy to understand info on it. Thanks.:)
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    What version of IE are they using? IE9 is actually ok...
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,093   +223

    Truthfully, I'm not sure. Probably IE8
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,285   +281

    Active X or IE??? There is a difference :)
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,093   +223

    I thought IE needed Active X to function properly?:confused:
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,285   +281

    >> I thought IE needed Active X to function properly?
    IE is a browser, Active X is a scripting facility. The former CAN run w/o the latter, but Microsoft created Active X
    to allow the browser to have access to system components (which is contrary to the W3C standards).
    That last statement is why IE is more dangerous that other browsers.

    Javascript is a browser scripting facility too, and when coupled with a Java Applet which is authenticated, JAVA
    can access system data, but the user gets to see and elect/deny the operation.

    In theory, when configured properly, Java is much more safe than Active X.
    [eg witness the usage of Spywareblaster which disables known Active X downloads]
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,093   +223

    Thank you jobeard. I was helping my friends daughter & I think they prefer Google Chrome. So the next time she needs help on her pc, I'll configure her Google Chrome to be as safe as I can. I must of mis understood them somewhere along the line.
    Heck, I'm only human.:)
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,285   +281

    Some sites will not operate properly w/o Active X - - Like MS Update:(
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,093   +223

    Ok, thank you.Sincerely appreciated.(y)


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