I don't want to inadvertently execute programs in my "Downloads" folder. How do I do that in Windows 7 Home Premium?
Right-click on the Downloads folder in your user folder and select Properties. Select the Security tab, then click the Advanced button:
Click the Change Permissions... button:
Select the entry for your user name and click Edit:
Set the Deny checkbox for the Traverse folder / execute file entry:
Click OK to close all windows.