An overwhelming majority of all browser plug-in
vulnerabilities are due to problems discovered in ActiveX controls. It
seems like every week more problems are reported in Quicktime, RealPlayer,
Adobe Flash, Sun’s Java or other 3rd party controls. Once the
vulnerability is known the risk increases exponentially until a patch is
WinPatrol takes the worry out of waiting for a patch to become available. When a vulnerability is found Scotty will let you disable or set the “kill-bit” on the appropriate control until a new one is made available.
WinPatrol lists the existing ActiveX controls used by Internet Explorer.
Using WinPatrol you can learn more about what controls are installed
This button allows you to configure how frequently Scotty checks the list of installed ActiveX controls for changes. You can set this frequency in minutes, and even set it to 0 minutes to disable checking of the ActiveX list entirely.
Many if not most of the ActiveX controls will
be Microsoft operating system controls. You can just
list;non-Microsoft controls. To filter out normal Microsoft control from
[ ] List non-Microsoft Services only
By default only those controls used by Internet
Explorer are displayed. To view all controls installed on your
system check the box
[ ] List all ActiveX controls including those not
used by Internet Explorer.
The Info... button provides more information about the selected file, including the company responsible and the version.
As it is often difficult to tell just from a file name or company name whether a file is legitimate . PLUS members can click the PLUS Info... button to search the online WinPatrol database for more
information on the specific service program itself.
you to disable ActiveX controls by setting the "Kill-bit" found in the
Windows registry. Disabling a control will not delete any files from your
system. You can Enable a killed control at any time in
To close or
Exit the WinPatrol tab interface click the X in the upper right hand
corner or the Close button. WinPatrol will continue monitor changes but
the main interface will be removed from memory.
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