Launching programs and unsafe files

This policy setting controls whether or not the "Open File - Security Warning" prompt is shown when launching executables or other unsafe files.

For instance, if the user launches an executable from an Intranet file share using Windows Explorer, this setting controls whether or not a prompt is shown before the file is opened.

If you enable this policy setting and the dropdown box is set to Enable, files will open without a security prompt. If the dropdown box is set to Prompt, a security prompt will be shown before opening the files.

If you disable this policy setting, files will not be opened.

If you do not configure this policy setting, users can configure the prompt behavior. By default, execution is blocked in the Restricted Zone, enabled in the Intranet and Local Computer zone, and set to prompt in the Internet and Trusted zones.


Supported on: At least Internet Explorer 7.0
Launching programs and unsafe files


  1. Enable
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3
    Value Name1806
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value0
  2. Disable
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3
    Value Name1806
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value3
  3. Prompt
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3
    Value Name1806
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1


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