Every shortcut placed to the Links bar (C:\Users\user_name\Favorites\Links) shows this security warning:

Open File - Security Warning Name ... Type: Shortcut ... files from Internet etc.

I can place to this directory shortcut to any program, to IE, Windows Explorer etc. - this security warning is always shown, when the shortcut is executed. How to get rid of this?

OS: Windows 7 Professional Edition.

2 Answers 2


first we have "turning off protected mode for the whole zone"


^ Overkill, which just leaves , disconnecting that folder from a zone in the registry, so you can leave the rest protected normally but exclude that folder? Or, changing the security level for that folder?


Disclaimer here: about disabling the things that warn users about potential threats, and allow crud from the web to takeover.

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    Thanks! There are two working solutions in the second link, I used more secure: Run cmd as adminintrator, execute: 1. cd %userprofile%\favorites 2. icacls links /setintegritylevel (CI)low
    – Alex F
    Sep 30, 2011 at 16:22
  • @Psycogeek: This is an old post, but please consider adding the essential information from the links so it isn't a link-only answer. Thanks.
    – fixer1234
    Mar 18, 2015 at 17:33

The best working solution can be found here:

  1. Run cmd.exe as Administrator.

  2. Type the following command and press Enter

    ICACLS "C:\Users\user_name\Favorites\Links" /Setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)M

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