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Windows 7: "Not commonly downloaded" notification in IE9

08 May 2011   #1
jamtomorrow

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
"Not commonly downloaded" notification in IE9

Hi

I just tried to install the latest version of SceenHunter Pro from Wisdom Software website. When the download completed, I got a message in the notification bar at the bottom of IE9 that it is not commonly downloaded and could harm my computer. I deleted the download but it's from a reputable company and I didn't get that notification when I downloaded an earlier version a few weeks ago.

Your advice would be much appreciated.


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08 May 2011   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

There is no right or wrong answer here. The download can be a problem or on the other hand it can just be different.
I would use this software to test the download
VirusTotal - Free Online Virus, Malware and URL Scanner
If negative, I would google the software, if it is a problem many others will make comments.
Then I would ask myself if based upon the facts is the game worth it?
If you decide to download it make a system restore point first as soon as its downloaded make a full anti virus scan. If you do not like the results use System Restore to go back before the download.
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08 May 2011   #3
jamtomorrow

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

richc46:

Thanks for your reply.

The program is for taking still image screenshots and the company's website is wisdom-soft.com.

Perhaps someone uses the program here.
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08 May 2011   #4
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jamtomorrow View Post
I just tried to install the latest version of SceenHunter Pro from Wisdom Software website. When the download completed, I got a message in the notification bar at the bottom of IE9 that it is not commonly downloaded and could harm my computer. I deleted the download but it's from a reputable company and I didn't get that notification when I downloaded an earlier version a few weeks ago.
As rich has stated there is no right or wrong answer, it's just something IE does.... sort of saying we haven't seen too many of these downloaded. If you know what the program is and know the source is clean you can just ignore IE.

I've gotten some of these myself and I usually just scan the item with my AV and ignore IE. It's just one of those things IE does somethimes. When that happens, you have to make the choice to trust or not.

My two cents.
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08 May 2011   #5
Littlemutt

Vista HP / Win7 RC build 7100
 
 

I've seen that message.. I was downloading Firefox and just figured that was MS's joke
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08 May 2011   #6
chrysalis

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I wonder how the beta testers treated that warning because to me the warning is a bad move by MS. That warning will likely come up on lots of genuine software and scare people off from using it. The only way round it I have found is to disable smartscreen filter globally on the browser.

The option in advanced options to disable checking signature on downloaded programs has no affect on it.
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08 May 2011   #7
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chrysalis View Post
I wonder how the beta testers treated that warning because to me the warning is a bad move by MS. That warning will likely come up on lots of genuine software and scare people off from using it. The only way round it I have found is to disable smartscreen filter globally on the browser.
I think its just a system design for IE to scan and compare downloads to a download database on what's deemed a safe download file. That as the system gets more info those warnings will decrease.

Now we can argue on the merits of monitoring info, but this happens every time you go on the net, so there's no need, and no need to debate that here.

Point is I think IE is analyzing downloads against a download database, thatís why you get those "never seen this file before" warnings.

My two cents, and of course I could be totally off base.
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08 May 2011   #8
chrysalis

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I am not going to argue the merits of monitoring info that doesnt bother me, although I will say how does it marked as safe given that users cannot report it safe. I know why the warnings are appearing, I just think its silly to give the impression to users that any file not in the database is dangerous.
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08 May 2011   #9
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Again this is a guess, but I think once the file is downloaded a few times IE will stop the warnings for that particular file/download.

That's my guess.
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09 May 2011   #10
chrysalis

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I tested numerous times with the same file. The only practical way to stop the warnings is to turn off smartscreen filter. Incidently I think IE8 does show warnings but they less scary and it doesnt change the available options of what to do with the downloaded file so its nowhere near as bad of an issue.
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