Get rid of security warnings

When you download a file with Internet Explorer, the file is tagged as being downloaded from the internet. This has impact on a number of file types. When the file is an EXE and you execute it, you (or more specifically, your users) get a warning:
If the file is a CHM help file, the content is never shown. Instead you only see a "Navigation cancelled" error page. For archives the tag is often mysteriously inherited when you extract files. In other words, while this warning might be helpful to prevent malicious code to execute, the system causes a lot of unnecessary support effort for smaller application makers.

Technically, the tag is just an NTFS stream named "Zone.Identifier". This file is actually an INI file specifying the network zone from which the file originates:


Since NTFS streams are only supported on NTFS drives, copying the file to a FAT32 formatted USB stick and back to the disk effectively removes the security tag. This is neither an obvious, nor a very understandable solution. To an average user this approach sounds much like the famous "if your car stops working get our and back in to fix it" approach.

It would be better to handle this within the application. Providing you have write access to the files, the following program removes the security warnings for all files that match the pattern you pass to it:

* Removes the security warning for all files in a directory
* that match the pattern
LParameter tcPattern

Local laDir[1], lnFile
Declare Long DeleteFile in Win32Api String
For lnFile=1 to ADir(laDir,m.tcPattern)
DeleteFile( ;
laDir[m.lnFile,1]+":Zone.Identifier" ;

To fix your updated EXE and CHM files, you would use:


You can specify a directory if the current directory is not the right choice.