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ActiveX Controls

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by Allene, Oct 29, 2002.

  1. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Been reading the news about the porn stuff disguised as an e-card. Is their suggestion to change the options for ActiveX worthwhile or will it cause even more aggravation?

    If you think it is worth doing, how do I fix it? I know it's associated with Internet Explorer but can't find it.


  2. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    In IE6, Active X controls can be found at:

    Tools - Internet Options - Security - Internet Zone - Custom Level

    Here is where you can "disable" Active X controls.

    As to whether or not you should? That's up to you. The upside to disabling Active X is that you won't get nearly as many Pop-up Ads when surfing the web.

    The downside, some sites won't function or look right without Active X. Of course, in this situation you can always add those sites to your trusted zone and allow Active X in that zone only.
  3. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Tools - Internet Options - Security tab - Custom Level

    You'll see the check boxes. This assumes IE 5 or 6.

    Is it worth it? I have all my Active X set to 'prompt'. It's a genuine stinker when visiting sites such as cnn.com, to always be prompted to run the controls or not.

    On the other hand, I've never received a pornographic e-card, either...
  4. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Thanks, guys. Think I'll go ahead and do it. I'd rather get prompted than have the entire contents of my address book receiving that garbage. Getting rid of some of those irritating pop-ups would be worth anything!

    Today I saw instructions on Woody's Windows XP newsletter for getting rid of the Net Send program and keeping potential spammers from using it. Does this way of sending spam get around spam-control programs? I have SpamKiller, which is currently doing a very good job.

    Thanks, again.

  5. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    I'm not sure Allene because I'm not familiar with how Spam Killer or other anti-spam softwares work.

    Personally, I never use my primary email address for anything other then emailing close personal friends and therefore never receive any spam.

    All other web sites or other needs for an email address get one of my spam accounts (gotta love yahoo.com's free email accounts). :)
  6. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Allene, go <a href="http://www.lavasoftusa.com/">here</a> and get Adaware. It's a much better program imho.
  7. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Excellent program!!

    Just make sure you also download the "refupdate" file as well to get the latest definitions.
  8. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    AH! Is that where those things are kept? GOod to know since I was downloading new versions of the entire program. :)
  9. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Thanks, guys. I'll file Adaware for now. My SpamKiller is doing what I want it to do, and I want to get my money's worth out of it before I discard it for Adaware.

    Now, do any of the rest of you know the answer to my question re whether I need to get rid of the Net Send program when I have a spam-control program? I have not yet received any spam in the fashion described by Woody. Just trying to be proactive.


  10. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Adaware is free, Allene, you can use it coupled with Spamkiller.
  11. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Yes, it's a seperate little program that you need to run with Ad-Aware. Just run RefUpdate and it should automatically add the new definitions to Ad-Aware.

    Also, if you are feeling adventurous, there is another anti-spyware program out there that is pretty powerful. It's called Spybot Search & Destroy/

    It's much more powerful and comprehensive then Ad-Aware. The downside of that power is that it's pretty easy to delete some reg files that should not have been deleted. So be careful with what you delete after running a scan.
  12. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Okay, guys. Thanks a lot! I'm off to Ad-Aware. Think I'll leave Spybot alone for now--too scary!

  13. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member


    It's really not as scary as you think once you get it setup correctly. I have both Spybot and AdAware on my machine. (And yes, I'm a paranoid security freak...:) )

    I found this site which has excellent step by step instructions for setting up Spybot if anyone is interested.

    Oh ya....it too is free!! :happy:
  14. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    I'm not familiar with the article or the exploit described, Allene. I do know that NET SEND is a built-in command used to broadcast messages to all users on a domain, or to a specific user on the domain. In other words, deleting it from your machine won't prevent anyone else from using the command from their machine, plus it would have to originate from within the domain.
  15. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I've just bookmarked that site. Thanks.

    This thread has already generated 12 replies and 47 views in what must be about a one-hour span! Wow! Any young, unattached ladies out there who are looking for male attention (as opposed to older, attached ones like me) should just post a techie question and watch the guys come out of the woodwork!


  16. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Thanks for explaining Net Send, Stevent. I'm probably armed with enough ammunition by now and won't need to tinker with it.

  17. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    I use Mozilla which does not use ActiveX (ActiveX is proprietary MS technology) and the web works fine for me :).
  18. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    A convenient way to deal with ActiveX as well as potential javascript "problems" with IE is to disable scripting/javascript in the Internet Zone but enable these in the Trusted Zone. Then use Jason Levine's Trust Setter to easily add or remove sites (simply click the icon it adds to your browser) to your Trusted Zone as needed when you encounter a site that uses ActiveX or javascript that you deem safe. This way you can avoid the annoying prompts to allow scripts for new sites as well as those sites you do trust, e.g., CNN. Also, make sure your Outlook or Outlook Express is set to use Internet Zone as its security setting. You can get Trust Setter (it's perfectly safe; Jason is well respected in the Security forum at BBR!) from

  19. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Great one, Mike!

    I may even try that one meself! ;)
  20. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Damn! Stuff like this is gonna put my porn/spam biz underwater for good!


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