Windows has found this file is potentially harmful

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Art, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Art

    Art Guest

    I am running Windows Vista Ultimate with Windows Defender Disabled and Norton
    Internet Security 2009 installed. Someone who is completely trusted sent me
    an email with an attachment. The attachment was defined as a ZIPP file. I
    copied the file to my desktop and renamed it to a ZIP file to access the
    enclosed files. Within the ZIP are four OCX files which I need to copy to my
    System32 directory.

    When I attempt to copy the files to any location in my computer, I get
    "Windows has found this file is potentially harmful. To help protect your
    computer, Windows has blocked access to this file." When I click on the "How
    does this help protect my computer." link it takes me to Windows Mail help.
    This has nothing to do with Windows Mail.

    Where can I adjust the Security settings in Windows to fix this problem
    Art, Feb 23, 2009
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    DL Guest

    Just an observation; you need several different malaware type scanning apps,
    so having Defender disabled is not helping you. Norton will not detect all
    Someone I know & trust sent me an attachment that was infected
    DL, Feb 23, 2009
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  3. Art

    SunnyOz Guest

    I to am getting the same problem. Don't worry about whether we nee
    'more' security than we already have.. that doesn't help with th
    current problem.

    How can you unblock access (even if it is only temporarily) to wha
    Windows Security considers a harmful file extention.

    I have an application I need to install from a zipped file that i
    located on my C: drive, and I can't save the extracted files to my P
    because of this blocking (in my case it is complaining about .j

    I know the files are 'safe', but I can't find a way to get Vista to le
    me store the files.
    SunnyOz, Feb 24, 2009
  4. Art

    Doug Guest

    OCX ... very much on the off chance, I sometimes receive DCX files that open
    in Irfanview when other means fail. They turn out to be fax messages sent as
    DCX but which Irfanview identifies as TIF files with incorrect extensions.
    When I accept its offer to rename them to TIF, I can read the messages and
    manage the files. As Irfanview is free, compact, swift to install and
    well-behaved, you might consider installing it and trying to open the files
    with it.

    I don't see any OCX or TIF files in my System32 folder - You have sound
    reasons for putting them there?

    Within the ZIP are four OCX files which I need to copy to my System32
    Doug, Feb 24, 2009
  5. Art

    Art Guest

    OK, I have solved the problem by installing WinZip and bypassing the Windows
    ZIP file handler. I was able to extract the files with no problem.

    Art, Feb 26, 2009
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