IE8 and File Security

I inadvertently installed the Internet Explorer 8 upgrade the other day and ever since then I get File Security Warning dialogues every time I try to execute a file or open a .CHM file from one of my network drives.   Apparently Microsoft has learned nothing from the Vista UAC fiasco and now they are trying to impose the same asinine access control dialogues on unsuspecting IE8 users on Windows XP.

After about 1.5 hours of googling I finally found a way to get rid of the extremely annoying warning.  You need to add your file server to your list of trusted sites under IE.  To do this you open IE and click Tools | Options.  Click the Security tab, highlight the Trusted Sites icon and click the Sites button.  Enter the UNC path for your server into the edit box like this:

file://server_name

Click the Add button and click the Close button.

Now you should be able to open all of those supposedly unsafe file from your file server without having to deal with the annoying dialogues.

As if that weren’t bad enough, the IE8 upgrade seems to have undone the changes I made a long time ago to allow the content of .CHM files from my file server to be displayed.  See my article on this subject to find out how to re-enable this.

One Response to “IE8 and File Security”

  1. Website Says:

    In IE9, Microsoft has integrated its SmartScreen Filter with the new Download Manager feature to bolster security.

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