A very, very interesting thread is going on at DSLR-Security-Forum: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,8164602~root=security,1~mode=flat The thread is started by Eric L. Howes (AKA eburger68, the man who makes IE-SPYAD, AGNIS etc.). I quote the start of his first posting: ---begin quote--- Some of you may have been following the Eolas patent story. For those who haven't, here's the short of it. Microsoft recently got hit with a $520 million judgment in a patent infringement case brought by Eolas, a small patent portfolio firm. The patent in question covers browser plugin technologies. You can read a short news story about this lawsuit here: Microsoft ordered to pay $521 million http://news.com.com/2100-1012_3-5062409.html?tag=fd_top In addition to coughing up a large chunk of change, Microsoft has also announced changes to the way Internet Explorer uses ActiveX controls. See here for more info: Microsoft Confirms Changes to Windows, IE in Wake of Lawsuit http://www.wininformant.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=40468 Microsoft Announces Steps to Address Eolas Patent Ruling http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2003/oct03/10-06EOLASPR.asp ---end quote--- Read more at above mentioned thread at DSLR ! What makes the discussion so very interesting, is the question whether the upcoming changes in ActiveX in IE will make your surfing "experience" even less secure or not, for example with respect to spyware. There cannot hardly be any mistake about whether this whole issue will raise many discussions and concerns in the upcoming months. Big thanks to you, Eric, for starting this discussion !!!