Pulling my hair out with encrypted files on windows 10


  1. Posts : 3
    windows 10
       #1

    Pulling my hair out with encrypted files on windows 10


    Guys

    Whenever i download a file it has a padlock next to it, i then have to go into advanced option and decrypt the file every single time.

    I have followed a few guides but i just can't seem to turn this auto encryption off !

    Really annoying me now, the drive is not encrypted so why would windows be encrypting any downloaded files.

    Any got any ideas?

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 1,472
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Download from where ... or is it just anywhere ?

    Have you got the dreaded Bitlocker active ??
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  3. Posts : 3
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi

    It can be any file from anywhere.

    Bitlocker is "off" for all my drives which is what's driving me insane, i cannot see why the files would be encrypting.
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  4. Posts : 35,575
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Could you post a screenshot thus?
    Pulling my hair out with encrypted files on windows 10-screenshot-copy1.png
    There are various forms of padlock icon. Someone might recognise what you are seeing.

    E.g. (these are just some examples, not solutions):
    Change or Remove Lock Icon on Encrypted Files in Windows 10
    How to Remove Padlock or Lock Icon from Files on Windows 10 - Appuals.com
    https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/l...ers-windows-7/
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...c-f656ceccc46c
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  5. Posts : 3
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Pulling my hair out with encrypted files on windows 10-ss.jpg


    This is what im getting, even when i used the snipping tool to take the screenshot that was encrypted.
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  6. Posts : 35,575
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Looks like the one in the first & last links I posted...
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  7. Posts : 61,923
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #7

    Hello stekkk,

    It does look like it may be EFS encryption from your screenshot. You can check using the tutorial below to see if it may help to decrypt the files and/or folders.

    Decrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 10
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