Security Warning On Opening Any Shortcut

Feb 9, 2016
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Yesterday my Windows 7 (64-bit) machine installed some Windows updates, including a few which are described as 'Security Update'.

Since then whenever I try to start an application from a shortcut I have configured in my Favourites bar or from some (and only some) menu items, I get the standard "Do you want to open this file?" security warning. I have to click 'Open' and then the app happily proceeds. There's no "Always ask for this type of file" checkbox, so I can't get rid of it. It's extremely annoying.

I've tried a couple of solutions I found on the internet:

  • run "ICACLS "C:\Users\\Desktop" /Setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)M" at the command line

  • change the security settings on IE to Medium
None of them worked. I really don't want to muck about uninstalling updates - presumably they are serving some useful purpose (apart from just annoying me). So how do I fix this?

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