ActiveX was created by Microsoft specifically for the Internet Explorer web browser on Windows machines. ActiveX controls enhance websites by allowing additional functionality, such as video, animation, displaying certain file types, toolbars and dialog boxes.
ActiveX controls are comparable to Java applets. Programmers create both in such a way that web browsers can download and use them. However, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers can easily use Java applets, while ActiveX controls are generally for Internet Explorer.
If you wish to use ActiveX Test, you need to be viewing it using Internet Explorer.
Chrome, Firefox and other browsers use plugins and extensions to accomplish what ActiveX controls do. Plugins are small programs, often called add-ons or Browser Helper Objects (BHOs). They help browsers like Chrome and Firefox manage content that they were not specifically designed to deal with. This often includes animation, video and audio files. Plugins are available for Adobe Flash, Windows Media Player, Adobe Reader, Adobe Shockwave, QuickTime and other often used programs.
Firefox and Chrome also use extensions. These are a type of add-on that brings increased functionality. They can do such tasks as blocking advertisements, downloading and integrating with social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
If you cannot seem to view ActiveX website content as you are using a browser other than Internet Explorer, you might consider contacting the site or the makers of your browser.
Some users are concerned that ActiveX controls are a security risk. In general, "signed" ActiveX controls do not pose a security risk. These ActiveX controls have a digital signature that shows which company made it and shows that it has not been tampered with since release.
However, as ActiveX controls can be programmed in various languages and are easily downloaded by Internet Explorer, they have been used by cybercriminals and malware writers. There have been reports of malicious ActiveX controls that bombard you with ads or try to collect private information. They can also interfere with your web browser and PC performance.
No matter which browser you use, including Chrome and Firefox, you are potentially at risk of a malware infection or other computer problems. You can download this program and scan your computer for potential problems using SpeedyPC Pro. It will look for active malware, system and registry errors, privacy files that can be deleted and much more.