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Grand Master

Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

I need to have Active X Control to access my banking process. I have this on IE but prefer to use Firefox, how can I make Active X Control work on Firefox

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Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

Firefox does not support ActiveX technology for multiple reasons.

   * ActiveX is only available on Windows operating systems, and as a result webpages that require it will not work on Linux or Mac.
   * ActiveX integration with the Windows operating system has made it a target for malicious software.  

https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/ActiveX

Grand Master

Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

Is there any way that the IETab Extension for Mozilla Firefox can be made to work with Netscape 9?

This seems to be the best work around to this problem (i.e Remote Desktop Connection active x control problem) available. For some reason I perfer to use Netscape rather than Firefox even though FF seems more secure than ever these days.

Grand Master

Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

Oops, for got to include link to IETab Extension so people can see what I'm talking about...

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419/

Grand Master

Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

One more time, this is how I got here asking about Netscape activex controls:

http://www.iol.ie/~locka/mozilla/plugin.htm

Support Forum Moderator

Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

That "ActiveX" project was closed down years ago, and it wouldn't have worked for online banking that required ActiveX controls anyways. That project was intended for one very limited ActiveX control, for audio/video presentations, IIRC.

There are other, safer ways of doing whatever ActiveX does, that work on many other browsers across all platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux).

As far as IETab - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419/ - that's a dead project, too (the original developer is now doing Linux programming). Hasn't been updated for Firefox 3.6, but there are two "replacement" extensions that are currently available at AMO.

Grand Master

Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

No, IETab Ext. is still active and current, I just downloaded and installed it for Firefox 3.6 and it works:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/92382/

Above link was in the comments from the orig. IETab Ext. link.

Yes, I realize all this does is invoke the page opening/rendering in IE w/ trident engine w/ all the inherent security risks (but IE 8 is better than say IE 6 was) but it does let you use MS Remote Desktop Connection for example so I can get into my work computer from home...

IE Tab 2 is not from the original author of IE Tab - eh
Grand Master

Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

I ended up just d/l'ng and installing Netscape 8.1.3.

Not as fast and defunct ID Theft and Spyware components but it serves the purpose of built-in activex controls access when I need it with its "dual rendering" (Mozilla, Gecko or IE, Trident engine choice under the View menu.

I will use that or latest Firefox.

Grand Master

Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

I simply want to use clip art and my firefox page is telling me it cannot because of ActiveX requirements and anyone tell me in laymen terms how to get clip art to start working the way it used to? Thanks, B

New User

Re: Why doesn't firefox use Active X Controls

Get another bank. ActiveX is the biggest security risk ever created. If they are using ActiveX then they do not know or do not care about exposing your computer, personal, and financial information to attack.