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I like to study a lot of code from various sources from around the internet, and a big part of that involves downloading and opening the files to view the source code.

Now every time I try to open these files it gives me a prompt to make sure that the file is from a valid source and that I trust it to run.

There are many answers on this site, that deal with this issue on the following OS; Vista, XP and 7, but I couldn't find one for 8, and I could not get any of the others to work!

Could someone please tell me how to disable this very annoying feature for someone like myself?

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It's flagging the file as external due to your Zone settings in IE. This information is stored in an [Alternate Data Stream][1] on the file you downloaded. You can fix this by clicking Unblock in properties on the file, but the way I like to do it is running: type filename > newfilename. Del filename. Rename newfilename filename. Voila - no more alternate data stream. If that's too extreme you can use streams.exe ([download][2]) to remove alternate data streams. [1]: support.microsoft.com/kb/105763 [2]: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897440.aspx –  Mark Allen May 13 '13 at 23:18
Also, what part of the Windows 7 solution didn't work for Windows 8? –  Mark Allen May 13 '13 at 23:18
@MarkAllen you could also use the powershell command described on blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2013/03/24/… to remove the ntfs alternate data stream "Zone.Identifier" with the command remove-item -path "somefile.zip" -stream "Zone.Identifier" and that would work too. –  BeowulfNode42 Aug 29 '14 at 6:15
@BeowulfNode42 I like it! –  Mark Allen Aug 29 '14 at 23:52

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I had a very similar problem on my brand new Windows 8 laptop. The desktop icons (.lnk)'s gave the same "open file security warning". Don't know why or what happened but what a pain. I finally found a solution, at least for the desktop icons doing it. I didn't want to fix it with changes to IE10 settings, like some suggest, because that just seemed risky.

This worked for me:

  1. Press Windows button + X to open the Tools menu
  2. Select: Command Prompt (admin) to open the black DOS window with C:\Windows\system32\>
  3. Enter

    cd \Users

    The display now says C:\Users>

  4. Enter (replacing "YourName" with your username)

    cd YourName 

    The display now says C:\Users\YourName>

  5. Enter

    cd Favorites 

    The display now says C:\Users\YourName\Favorites>

  6. Enter

    cd Desktop 

    The display now says C:\Users\YourName\Favorites\Desktop>

  7. Type and enter:

    C:\Users\YourName\Favorites\Desktop>ICACLS *.LNK /L /SETINTEGRITYLEVEL MED

All the links on your desktop should come up as:

processed file: whatever.lnk
successfully processed 10 files; Failed processed 0 files.

Sorry for the long hand on the DOS commands, I remember them from back in the day but, this is laid out for anyone to easily follow.

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Tried this first, but it made no difference. Setting SEE_MASK_NOZONECHECKS (see below) did. –  Umber Ferrule Jan 22 at 14:23

Add a system environmental variable SEE_MASK_NOZONECHECKS and set the value to 1.

Make sure it's a system level variable or it will go away on reboot.

Use of Environment Variable in Windows 8

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You should be able to resolve this by seting up trusted sites properly?

Other wise, try this.

Close internet explorer
Open up a cmd prompt
cd "\Program Files\Internet Explorer"

This allows the file to open directly from Internet Explorer, however the file on disk will still be 'blocked'.

One other solution is to open the files directly from your text reader, i.e Notepad++. It is explorer that is enforcing the warning.

See: "This file came from another computer..." - how can I unblock all the files in a folder without having to unblock them individually?

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@setx see_mask_nozonechecks 1

typing it in the command prompt, or executing inside a batch file will create the environmental variable that Dasun mentioned, for the current user

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