Do you want to move or copy files from this zone?

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(Note that pretty much all details may vary a little for different windowses).


UNCs, Network drives

Windows explorer and Internet Explorer (sensibly) consider network computers unsafe.

There have been a few different bugs related to that, for example recognizing the local LAN as part of the zone, and so continually pop up warnings when looking around your network.


One reason this happens is a bug when you use "FQDN or IP address contains periods". You'll note that IPs always do, and FQDNs almost always do.

One easy way around that is to adress the local network server by a name without periods -- although there are of course various settings in which this isn't possible, or the best solution.

Another way is to make your internet settings trust the host.


Downloaded files (IE)

Another reason is that a windows component (IE, other) marks downloaded/attached files (only when saved on NTFS; this information is in alternate streams), so that for potentially dangerous files it can warn you about that later.


(In Windows Servers it seems to be part of a (configurable and removable) component called Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration. I don' t

Zone settings

This article/section is a stub — probably a pile of half-sorted notes, is not well-checked so may have incorrect bits. (Feel free to ignore, fix, or tell me)

Go to Control Panel → Internet Options → Security (tab)

You can also get here by double clicking the zone indicator in an explorer window's status bar


You can, for example, add sites to intranet/trusted site/host list, e.g.:

  • \\10.0.0.1 (will show up as file://10.0.0.1)
  • www.example.com
  • *.example.com

See also