Active X is a set of utility controls developed by Microsoft Corporation to work with its popular browser Internet Explorer (IE). Because Active X was not initially designed to allow for compatibility with Macintosh products or other browser systems, such as Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari, yet these controls are often required for advanced functionality when using popular websites such as Facebook, chat rooms, and many video and gaming programs, there are also a number of continually evolving and ever more advanced tools called "plug-ins" which can help to assist with incompatibility issues.
The very first step you will need to take before you begin installing it to make sure that it is not already installed on your computer. There is an easy way to check for the presence of Active X by visiting a website that offers an Active X check test. Websites such as www.activextest.com offer a free test that takes just a few seconds to complete.
Because Active X comes pre-installed on nearly every PC that runs on a Windows system, and the Active X installation test will be able to confirm this for you, what you will need to do to install Active X controls on your computer is actually to enable them to run by changing certain settings in your Internet Explorer browser's "Security Options" menu bar tab.
NOTE: If you are using a Macintosh computer, be aware that Active X is not supported by Mac products.
* You can repeat steps 6-18 with the "Local Intranet", "Trusted Sites", and "Restricted Sites" zones as well, if desired.
NOTE: As needed, any Windows-based PC may from time to time prompt you with a message to download and install an additional Active X control. As new Active X plug-ins are continually being developed, you can choose to allow or ignore these download prompts.