All About ActiveX Errors !
What is ActiveX?
ActiveX is a programming interface (otherwise known as a “plug-in”) that, similar to Java applets, permits certain web browsers like Internet Explorer (IE) to download and execute Microsoft Windows programs for the purpose of integrating the functionality of various desktop applications – such as sound and animations – into a web page.
A simple example of ActiveX in action is when you view a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or Microsoft Word document in your Internet Explorer web browser.
Why Do ActiveX Errors Happen?
Just like with most error messages, Active X errors may be caused by a number of different factors based in large part on the function being attempted at the time the error arose.
The following is just a partial list of the reasons why an ActiveX error can occur:
• Corrupt system file
• Bad software install/uninstall – when a program is not properly and completely installed or uninstalled, it may leave remnants behind, such as incomplete instructions that could lead to a slew of errors, including ActiveX errors;
• Spyware or viruses
Security and ActiveX
Speaking of spyware and viruses, sadly many unscrupulous types have exploited ActiveX technology to infiltrate users’ PCs with such maleficent programs. To make sure that your PC doesn’t fall prey to such activity, be sure that you have security software installed on your computer and that it is always kept current with the latest updates.
Why You Should Care About ActiveX Errors
Left untended, ActiveX errors can cause:
• applications to fail;
• files to refuse to open;
• your system to freeze or crash;
ActiveX and Your Windows Registry
A vast number of ActiveX errors occur due to incomplete or otherwise problematic registry entries in the Windows registry. Therefore, one powerful way to clear most of your ActiveX errors in one fell swoop is by cleaning your Windows registry. In so doing, you effectively destroy the ActiveX errors at their very root – nipping them in the bud, so to speak.
There are three ways to accomplish this:
• Manually clean your registry – not advised as, if you don’t know precisely what you’re doing, you could cause your PC more harm than good;
• Hire a professional – chances are they’ll do it right, but they’ll also charge you an arm and a leg to do it;
• Use registry cleaning software – the recommended option, an affordable blend of self-service and expert guidance
The bonus of cleaning your registry in order to rid your PC of ActiveX errors is that it will also take care of many other types of PC performance problems, optimizing your computer all around and making it run more efficiently and error-free.