Microsoft's ActiveX Update on April 11th will screw up many programs
If your PC has a Windows operating system, your favorite websites, business applications, and toolbars could stop working beginning April 11th due to a non-security update that's due to be automatically installed on April 11. So, if you have your PC set for 'automatic updates' from Microsoft/Windows, you might want to consider immediately switching to manual updates.
The problem is that Microsoft lost a lawsuit over patent infringement, and the patent was for how ActiveX, Quicktime, Flash, the Sun Java runtime, Adobe, RealPlayer, and other such controls are displayed in a browser.
To address this patent infringement, Microsoft is releasing an ActiveX Update patch that will be deployed to all Windows machines with Automatic Update turned on beginning April 11, 2006. This update prevents the user from automatically interacting with an embedded object like a Flash movie or a toolbar. The user needs to manually activate the object first, either clicking the object or using the TAB+Enter keys. The movie will still play, but interactive effects, such as clicks and mouseover events will require you to explicitly activate or accept the warning. Thus an embedded movie or music will play, but the buttons to control the movie will be inactive. Anything within the APPLET, EMBED, or OBJECT HTML tags will now require manual activation.
This patch has been around under various forms since January, but what's new is this automatic deployment to all Windows machines with Automatic Update turned on beginning April 11, 2006. The problem is that it breaks almost every Flash, ActiveX, and media-rich webpage out there, and most people don't really know what to do to fix the problem.
So if you're one of these people who won't really know how to fix it, you might want to read the whole article, turn off your 'automatic updates' from Microsoft, and then burn into your memory cells that this ActiveX patch is one 'update' you definitely don't want to download. And keep in mind, if you turn 'automatic updates' back on at a later date, this ActiveX patch will automatically download then.