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Your Internet security settings prevented one or more files from being opened

    Question

  • I have Windows 7 64 Bit SP1 Ultimate. I recently started seeing the error message "Your Internet security settings prevented one or more files from being opened" when I closed Internet Explorer. This error now comes up every time I close Internet Explorer. At first I just ignored it, but now I can't install some software that I need. After the initial few steps of the software, Windows stops the process and gives me the above error but about the file I am trying to install.

    I have tried

    • uninstalling my virus scanner (AVG)
    • Put my IE internet settings on the lowest security setting
    • Explicitly, setting the setting "launching applications and unsafe files" to enable everywhere
    • Restored a previous restore point (alas the only one I had was probably after the problem started occurring)

    What can I do? What would cause this?

    Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:31 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    It seems this is just related to the user settings; try to reinstall Internet Explorer to see the result:

     

    Go to Control Panel\Programs and Features\Turn Windows features on or off. Uncheck Internet Explorer 8, click OK and reboot. And then go to Windows features again and check Internet Explorer 8, reboot.

     

    Alex Zhao


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    Monday, August 15, 2011 7:44 AM
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  • Export the registry( File, select export) to external media before making changes.

    Then you can always recover by importing the previous registry.

    Yeah. too late for that now. But, next time...

    You could try to open an elevated command prompt and run  sfc /scannow. I doubt that would help, but it's worth a try.

    Monday, August 15, 2011 11:41 AM

All replies

  • OK. So, it appears this problem was caused because my user profile was corrupt. I created a new profile and gave it admin priviledges and then I was able to install software.

     

    So, is there a way to repair a user in Windows 7?

    Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:02 AM
  • Try resetting the internet properties. 

    Go to internet Options > Advanced > then at the bottom click Reset...

     

    see if that fixes it

    • Proposed as answer by KroipyBill Wednesday, June 05, 2013 7:04 PM
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:52 PM
  • If you're sure that it was your user profile that was corrupt, then this should help:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile
    Kunal D Mehta - a Windows Server Enthusiast.
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:46 PM
  • "Try resetting the internet properties. Go to internet Options > Advanced > then at the bottom click Reset..."

    I've already tried playing with this stuff endlessly. It's nothing to do with IE. It's a corrupt user profile. Actually, I can tell you why.

    AVG (My virus scanner) told me I have a bad registry entry. AVG couldn't remove it. So, I jumped in to regedit and deleted the entry manual. I'm sure this is what @#$^ed my user profile. the only problem is that I idiotically forgot to write down the key that I deleted.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

    I've already looked at this link. It's precisely what I DON'T want to do. This link basically just tells you to create a new profile and copy the files across. No. I'm looking for a tool or process to run over my profile and correct registry settings etc.

     

     

     

    Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:59 PM
  • Why does Windows let morons like me @#@# with important $@#$?

     

    Mac never lets me do this #$#$.

    Friday, August 12, 2011 12:00 AM
  • lol they tell you be very careful editing the registry if you don't know what your doing :)
    Friday, August 12, 2011 12:39 PM
  • Hi,

     

    It seems this is just related to the user settings; try to reinstall Internet Explorer to see the result:

     

    Go to Control Panel\Programs and Features\Turn Windows features on or off. Uncheck Internet Explorer 8, click OK and reboot. And then go to Windows features again and check Internet Explorer 8, reboot.

     

    Alex Zhao


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Monday, August 15, 2011 7:44 AM
    Moderator
  • Export the registry( File, select export) to external media before making changes.

    Then you can always recover by importing the previous registry.

    Yeah. too late for that now. But, next time...

    You could try to open an elevated command prompt and run  sfc /scannow. I doubt that would help, but it's worth a try.

    Monday, August 15, 2011 11:41 AM
  • Hi, I'm having the same "Your internet security settings prevented one or more files from being opened" issue, but I can't open "Windows features on or off", a dos prompt, task manager, regedit, and so on. I tried restoring to previous setting from about 2 months ago, it failed, I tried another about 30 days back and it failed also. I have Win7 starter running on a HP Mini CQ10-525DX.
    • Proposed as answer by DrivenOG Friday, September 02, 2011 2:10 PM
    Thursday, September 01, 2011 1:40 PM
  • Hi, I'm having the same "Your internet security settings prevented one or more files from being opened" issue, but I can't open "Windows features on or off", a dos prompt, task manager, regedit, and so on. I tried restoring to previous setting from about 2 months ago, it failed, I tried another about 30 days back and it failed also. I have Win7 starter running on a HP Mini CQ10-525DX.
     After mainking a second account and getting the same error, I uninstalled everything I could, (.NET, Yahoo, Norton, etc.), nothing seemed to help. I gave up and sought outside help, but when they turned it on the second account was free to access programs now, the original was still giving the error. Using the 2nd account I was able to access HP's restore functions and was able to create an "out of the box image" on a flashdrive. Rebooted and the system reformatted the C: drive and reinstalled the softer to the "out of the box" state.
    Friday, September 02, 2011 2:25 PM
  • Just an update for everyone...I ran into the same problem, but it was only occurring with 1 single .exe.  I noticed there was a url name inserted in the name of the .exe (ie program_name_www.website.com.exe).  I fooled around with settings, etc with no luck.  Then I just renamed the .exe file to something simple like abc.exe and Windows allowed it to install without problems.  Just a note to everyone who may be able to avoid some of the more time consuming solutions.  :)
    Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:57 AM
  • Just an update for everyone...I ran into the same problem, but it was only occurring with 1 single .exe.  I noticed there was a url name inserted in the name of the .exe (ie program_name_www.website.com.exe).  I fooled around with settings, etc with no luck.  Then I just renamed the .exe file to something simple like abc.exe and Windows allowed it to install without problems.  Just a note to everyone who may be able to avoid some of the more time consuming solutions.  :)

    It helped me.... will help u tooooooo
    Sunday, January 19, 2014 6:41 AM
  • You, sir, are a saint. That was easy. Thanks.
    Monday, January 27, 2014 10:12 PM
  • This worked for me!!!!!!!!!!!

    ; I was trying to install an executable from a network share and got the: Your Internet security settings prevented one or more files from being opened

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:45 PM