Clicking on Favorites opens the File Download Security Warning box

Problems with browsers are not unusual. But this one has been caused by a security update released by Microsoft recently for Widows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 OS. There is this strange behavior of the File Download Security Warning box opening when you try to open URL files saved in the Favorites folder. This problem was recently noticed in all the browser.

Scores of Windows users recently complained about a strange browser behavior they witnessed while running their default browser in Windows 10. The problem was not specific to Windows 10 as systems running an older version of Windows like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 too were affected by it.

File Download Security Warning

A Windows 10 user posted on Answers:

When I open a folder or file window and click to “Favorites” folder, then double-click to open a .url file I get a Windows warning popup “File Download – security warning”, “Do you want to open this file?”.  This has been happening since the September 13, 2016, second Tuesday windows update.  This did not happen before September 13, 2016, second Tuesday windows update.

Clicking on Favorites opens the File Download Security Warning box

Users started experiencing this issue after they installed the security patch KB3185319 for Internet Explorer. If you uninstall this update, the issue will go away.

But a workaround has been suggested that will help you fix the issue. Here’s what you can do.

If you are using computer as a normal user account, open an Administrator command prompt and type in the following commands one after the other and hit Enter:

PUSHD C:\Users\user_name\Favorites

Once you run these commands, the issue is likely to get resolved.

Please note that you will have to give the appropriate path to your Internet Explorer favorites for the first command. Also, this fix works only for the current items saved in the “Favorites” folder. The above steps have to be repeated every time you add a new favorite.

It is a pity that every new update brings some problem or the other to the Windows user. The percentage who face issues may be minuscule or small – but this just shouldn’t be happening, in my opinion.

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