Can't download exe

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by joemast2007, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. joemast2007

    joemast2007 Guest

    I'm running Vista Home Premium. When I try to download an exe file, the
    download is blocked and I get a message saying it's because of security
    concerns. When I click for more info, it tells me I can allow the download
    if I go to Microsoft Mail ( a program I don't use) and clear a check box. I
    do this but I still can't make the downloads. Does anyone have any idea what
    I can do to fix this problem?
    joemast2007, Nov 12, 2007
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  2. What program are you using to download the .exe file. Where are you
    downloading it from. DETAILS please. Maybe others could check to see if
    "they" can download it. If they can't you likely can't either.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)
    Richard Urban, Nov 13, 2007
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  3. joemast2007

    joemast2007 Guest

    I'm using IE7 to try to download an intelligent updater file
    (20071112-017-i32.exe) from from This is a new problem which
    I'm thinking may be related to a new security patch for Microsioft mail that
    auto-updated from Microsoft on 10/11. The file completely downloads and is
    copying to my desktop when the download is interupted with a Windows Security
    Warning: Windows has found this file to be potentially harmful. To help
    protect your computer, Windows has denied access to this file.

    The details refer to Windows mail and gives instructions about allowing
    access to exe attachments by clearing a checkbox in Windows mail security.
    I've followed the instructions but the problem persists.
    joemast2007, Nov 13, 2007
  4. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    I have vista ultimate and it too wont let me donwload .exe files.

    I find this incredibly annoying and amusing since the 2x .exe programmes it
    has blocked access to are:-

    Microsoft office 2007 ultimate trial
    Microsoft office Accounting Pro trial

    Anychance we can get to know where the settings are that stop the os
    blocking downloads of .exe files

    The help centre's just state how to get mail to stop doing it and not the os.

    I would of thought that vista would block microsoft own programmes tho :)

    Red, Nov 13, 2007
  5. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    i meant i would of thought vista, WOULDNT block access to microsoft
    programmes :)

    Its definately an os thing and i would of thought that it was obvious why
    its deliberately blocking .exe files..... just a shame the help doesnt tell
    you where to fix this.... i couldnt find it in folder properties... either, i
    shall carry on looking
    Red, Nov 13, 2007
  6. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    It isnt windows Defender either, so im stumped??

    Please help us fix this
    Red, Nov 13, 2007
  7. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    Microsofts customer support Sucks Officially!!!
    I have just had 3 phone calls with the states (From the UK) which has cost
    me over $40

    For the last person to tell me that you wont help me because it is a trial

    I even spoke to a manager who was far from helpfull!! all the differnt
    departments wanted to do was blame one another, then ask me to call toshiba
    who pre-installed my os, and none of the accounting professional team could
    help me install it, cos it was an os issue and passed me onto the customer
    service line again, where they wanted me to spent $59.99 on top of the
    already $40 i had just spent!!!!!!!

    I am a very annoyed customer!!!!

    Please can you tell me how to let the MICROSOFT VISTA OPERATING SYSTEM
    run downloaded MICROSOFT PROGRAMMES!!!

    And who do i need to forward this total lack of customer service onto, so
    that they can try and sort it!!

    Sorry for ranting.

    Red, Nov 13, 2007
  8. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    / friendly bump

    Red, Nov 14, 2007
  9. joemast2007

    Paul Adare Guest

    In the first place you need to have a little patience. This are peer
    support forums and any responses you receive here are given by folks who
    volunteer their time to help out. There's no need to bump your post when it
    is less than a day old.

    Secondly you're going to have to provide more detail before anyone can help
    you. What is the _exact_ error message you're receiving? Exactly what steps
    are you taking that lead up to this error message? Simply stating that
    Vista "won't let me download .exe files" doesn't provide nearly enough
    information for anyone to give you a reasonably helpful response.

    Paul Adare
    MVP - Virtual Machines
    Code: Virus lasting about three to five days, accompanied by sore throat,
    runny nose and fever.
    Paul Adare, Nov 14, 2007
  10. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    Hi Paul,
    Due to the timezone difference, this was bumped as it was the first thing i
    did when i woke up this morning.

    I wasnt aware that a forum was administrated by volunteers, I
    thought it was staffed.

    Thanks for coming back to me, i am sorry but i was still seething over my
    support call yesterday, which i would still like to escalate as i feel i
    recieved poor service.

    I will re download one of the .exe's now and see what the exact error is, it
    went something like, xxx blocked access to the potentially harmfull file

    this was downloading the office ultimate trial and the accounting pro trial.

    Thanks for your attention on this. i just want to get my business machine
    running again
    Red, Nov 14, 2007
  11. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    Ok, ive just tried to download the Microsoft Accounting Professional trial
    The filename is x13-40152.exe

    The Error for this file is:-

    Windows Security Warning

    Windows found that this file is potentially harmful.

    To help protect your computer. Windows has blocked access to this file

    Name: X13-40152.exe

    How does this protect my computer?(hyperlink)

    On clicking the hyperlink , windows help and support appears and shows " Why
    can't i view an attachment in Windows Mail"

    Windows mail blocks certain types of file attachments that are commonly used
    to spread e-mail viruses.................. you get the idea

    I think this wasnt caught in the testing phase, its a bit annoying that the
    help and support shows Mail which is nothing to do with the download and
    windows blocking access.

    As i previously mentioned, i cannot see anywhere in folder attributes or
    windows defender, which where my first thoughts on what might be stopping

    Please let us know how to stop this, or ultimately change it so we can run
    downloaded .exe if we trust the source they are coming from i.e. Microsoft

    Red, Nov 14, 2007
  12. joemast2007

    Paul Adare Guest


    How exactly are you attempting the download? Are you trying to save the
    file to disk or trying to download and run it at the same time? Are you
    using IE or another browser? Do you have User Account Control enabled or
    disabled? If you're using IE is it in Protected Mode (look at the status
    bar at the bottom of the window). What is the URL to the file in question?
    Paul Adare, Nov 14, 2007
  13. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    hi Paul,

    I am just trying to save the file to disk.

    I am using a one week old Toshiba Qosmio G.45 notebook which came
    pre-installed with vista ultimate. It has Internet Explorer version 7.0.6000

    user account control is disabled.

    Internet protection mode is off.

    The URL is

    I am pretty certain that vista would block any.exe file as mentioned
    previously it also blocked Microsoft office ultimate trial.

    I have not made any adjustments to Internet explorer. There seem to be
    other posts in other forums showing other people having the same problems.

    So I think this is a default option set in vista where it automatically
    blocks access to.exe files due to potential virus problems.


    Red, Nov 14, 2007
  14. joemast2007

    Seth Guest

    Is your machine standalone or a member of a domain? I just tried it 3 ways
    using Vista Ultimate. One Standalone, one in test Domain "A" and one in
    test Domain "B".

    Standalone machine worked fine to download the file and I was able to launch
    it. (launching it unpacked files to a temp directory and then started the
    install of Microsoft Office Accounting Professional 2007).

    Member of test Domain "A" that has very relaxed GPO settings, same as above.

    Test Domain "B" where I have very strict GPO settings, including a security
    setting to prevent downloading of files with Internet Explorer, doanload was
    Seth, Nov 15, 2007
  15. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    Hi Seth,

    Its a standalone machine.

    Did you reset the machine to defaults? or restore it with just ultimate?

    I dont know if joemast2007 is still following this forum, however if your
    out there m8, what was your setup :) (hoping your still following this lol)

    Thanks Jon
    Red, Nov 15, 2007
  16. joemast2007

    Seth Guest

    My standalone machine was "out of the box" settings.
    Seth, Nov 15, 2007
  17. joemast2007

    psgrafx Guest

    Has anyone found a fix to this? I too am running Vista Ultimate on a
    new machine. I have tried everything I could think of --- disabling
    user control, disabling windows defender entirely, turned internet
    explorer protected mode off, checked every place in my firewall
    (mcafee), have windows firewall disabled but still get that same
    annoying message. I get the exact error message:

    Windows Security Warning

    (image of red shield with X inside it) Windows has found that this
    file is potentially harmful.
    To help protect your computer, Windows has blocked access to this

    Name: nameoffile.exe

    How does this help me protect my computer (link to help file telling
    of file attachments in outlook)

    Yes, I have checked Windows Outlook but it says only to rename the
    files to attach them or upload them to a server such as MSN. However,
    this does not address the fact that EXEs are not allowed to be
    dowloaded at all.

    I have found a workaround for all of us that are frustrated to tears
    over this big brother style of "controlling viruses" ie we know what
    is good for you, you do not.

    There are two workarounds:

    Work around #1

    When you click on a download link and it is an exe file, choose save
    as and rename the exe portion to .ok or some other nonsense and change
    save as file type from application to "all files"
    When you want to use the file, rename it back to exe.

    Work Around #2

    Click on the download link choosing "save as". Have the location
    folder you are downloading to open and visable.
    When the file completes download, you'll get the Security Warning. DO
    Right click on the file you just downloaded, ignoring the Security
    Warning Window and choose "copy"
    Then go back to the security warning and click ok. You'll see your
    download disappear. But .. right click and choose "paste" in the
    download window and Voila! - your download is back.

    Good Luck. Please email me if anybody finds a real fix, please.
    psgrafx, Nov 18, 2007
  18. joemast2007

    Red Guest

    Bit of Bumpage!!

    Also just trying to downlaod visualizations from Microsoft media centre site
    and again i get the windows has blocked message.

    These are .exe's also
    Red, Nov 24, 2007
  19. joemast2007

    joemast2007 Guest

    Hi Red,

    My system is a stand-alone machine. I had no problems with downloads until
    recently, which leads me to believe that the cause may be one or more of the
    Microsoft security updates to Microsoft Mail, since the security message I
    get directs me to Micorsoft mail to fix the problem, (which, of course, it

    I have resorted to using the work around suggested by psgrafx@gmail. I
    download the exe file. When the security warning pop up, I ignore it and
    immediately right click on the downloaded file and rename it, changing the
    exe extension to something else. Then I click on the security warning which
    now ignores the downloaded file and I can now change it back to exe and go on
    with my business.
    joemast2007, Nov 25, 2007
  20. joemast2007

    Red Guest


    Red, Dec 8, 2007
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