Posts Tagged ‘activex’

Microsoft Publishes Edge Extensions Page and Extensions Accidentally

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Thanks to a mix-up at Microsoft, here’s a sneak peek at extensions that might be in the works for the new Edge browser.

Microsoft Edge is a bare-bones web browser that the company shipped with its Windows 10 operating system, and it seems that previous versions of Windows won’t be supported by Edge. Microsoft removed support for legacy features such as ActiveX or Browser Helper Objects in Edge, and built it around web standards. Edge performs better than Internet Explorer in nearly any benchmark you throw at it, and while that is a step in the right direction, its poor set of features and settings give users less control over the browser.


Microsoft Security Bulletins For August 2014

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Here’s hoping that last night’s Microsoft Security update didn’t mess up my Windows 7 PC at home as bad as last month’s update did …

Welcome to the Microsoft Security Bulletin overview for August 2014. It offers information about all security and non-security patches released by Microsoft since the last release. A total of nine bulletins have been released this month which patch security issues in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Server Software, the .NET Framework and Microsoft Office.


New Internet Explorer 0-Day Vulnerability (September 2012)

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

If you’re a Windows users, then you should probably check this article out … it looks like there’s another gaping hole in IE security.

Microsoft has published a security advisory today that is informing system administrators and end users about a new 0-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 and 9 but not IE 10. The vulnerability is already actively exploited on the Internet which makes it a pressing matter for all Windows users who work with Internet Explorer.


Microsoft’s Minimum Certificate Key Length Update May Cause Technical Issues

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

If your Windows PC suddenly starts acting strangely on October 9, this might be the reason why …

Microsoft will release an automatic update for Windows on October 9, 2012 that is making a minimum certificate key length of 1024 bits mandatory for digital certificates. Information about the update were first published on August 14 in Security Advisory 2661254 and a related Microsoft Knowledge Base article. The update is available for all supported client and server-based versions of the Windows operating system. Once applied it will block cryptographic keys that are less than 1024 bits long which can have a number of consequences for services and users.


ActiveX Controls and Windows Update Errors – Fix the Traffic

Monday, October 10th, 2011

If you’re running into a lot of errors while trying to update Windows, here’s a trick that might help …

Initially, when your computer is new and you have a fresh Windows 7 installation, Windows Update works perfectly. You see no errors, everything is set to automatic and you need not lift a finger. Then, as you actually use your PC for awhile and utilize its capabilities, one day you see the error messages. Windows Update failed and you are given a virtually useless error code. This is often most easily remedied by Microsoft’s “Fix-It” utility or by online assistance from Microsoft.


Install ActiveX Control

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Not so long ago, ActiveX was one of those things that most security conscious PC users disabled by default … it creates a tremendous vulnerability to many kinds of attacks.

Sometimes when you visit websites in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer you may be prompted to install an ActiveX Control to use some functionality on the site. It is usually described in the appearing prompt. ActiveX Controls are little add-on programs for Internet Explorer that add capabilities to the browser. Many ActiveX Controls add plugin-like features to the web browser, for instance the ability to view specific videos. The website that tries to install the ActiveX Control should always display what the control is needed for. These type of controls have been misused in the past, and it is always a good idea to see if you can navigate and use the website without installing the ActiveX Control.