Windows 10: Do you want to run this file?

  1. tcebob's Avatar
    Posts : 387
    Windows 10 pro 1803/17134.285
       06 Feb 2017 #1

    Do you want to run this file?

    I get this popup most every time I open an install .exe file. Maybe I'm supposed to stop, think and realize that "Gosh. I really don't want to run this file! Why the heck did I download it anyway?" But so far, after searching for it, weighing the options and downloading it, I double click it because I want to run it. Is there a way to stop it? I believe it's a part of Windows and not my (Avast) antivirus because I turned off Avast and it still pops up. Is it built into the exe file or is it a windows convenience?
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  2. merkxr's Avatar
    Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Pro V 1703 Build 15063.540
       06 Feb 2017 #2

    It is a part of Windows. I think, and I may be wrong, that Windows does a certificate check on the .exe file and if it isn't a known one Windows will ask if you are sure you want to run it. Is there a way to turn this off? I'm pretty sure there is I just don't recall how to do it.
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  3. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       06 Feb 2017 #3
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  4.    06 Feb 2017 #4

    The reason that popup is there is so that Windows can make sure that it is the user that wants to run that file and not a virus script. I have absolutely no issue with one extra mouse click to maintain the protection that it offers.
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