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Windows 7: Favorites gone mad...

19 Nov 2014   #1
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
Favorites gone mad...

I’ll try to explain this as precisely as I can so you don’t need to waste your time asking me further questions.

I have windows 7 Ultimate.
I have a desktop shortcut to Favorites.
To my knowledge, I have changed nothing recently.
I have run multiple AV & Malware scans that all come back clean.

Here’s the problem:
Anything I try to move within the main Favorites (only favorites) folder generates a yellow “Windows Security Warning” that says in part “These Files May be Harmful…” I’m sure you have all seen them before.

Now, this only happens within the main folder, not in subfolders within Favorites.
It is not limited to Internet shortcuts either.
I can open a new word doc in Favorites and as soon as I try to move it within or to the desktop, I get the “Warning.” I can move anything from outside the Favorites into it without the warning but if I try to move that same item back out I get the warning. I have read old Google items but they all refer to it being a Local Intranet issue. I don’t think so.



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19 Nov 2014   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Okay, won't waste my time. I've seen that whenever a system Folder gets moved from its default location or is accessed from a different location. Was the shortcut created from C:\Users\LogonName\Favorites? I just duplicated the shortcut by right-clicking the mentioned Folder and choosing Send To, Desktop (create shortcut) and got the same message.
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19 Nov 2014   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I believe you left out that these files... came from an x-p system correct ?
Cheers.
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19 Nov 2014   #4
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

I tested myself and can confirm the "problem", but I discovered an interesting thing (not sure if this was what you meant)

In explorer: showing folder Favorites, the left pane is showing the Favorites folders including sub-folders, and the right pane is showing all sub-folders followed by all shortcuts in the (root) Favorites folder.
If I move/copy to a sub-folder using only the right pane, I get a warning
If I move/copy to the exact same sub-folder but in the left pane, I get NO warning. Very strange!
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19 Nov 2014   #5
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
I believe you left out that these files... came from an x-p system correct ?
Cheers.
Not correct.
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19 Nov 2014   #6
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
I tested myself and can confirm the "problem", but I discovered an interesting thing (not sure if this was what you meant)
Well yes and no. I was just working within the desktop (shortcut) Favorites folder but after reading what you discovered, I tried the same thing. Got the same results as you. The only thing I have done recently is a Windows Update.
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19 Nov 2014   #7
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Can't recall that I've tested this before so perhaps a recent Windows Update could explain it. Anyway, I think you can rule out malware. It has something to do with Windows itself
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19 Nov 2014   #8
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Well, this exercise proved I am not alone and since I have 4 machines running right now all doing it, I'm starting to second guess if maybe it has always been like that.

I did a system restore back a week or so to before I first noticed this and nothing changed.
Over time, I have rarely moved things around in Favorites, so, it is possible I just never really paid that much attention to it. What boggles me is, I can move a new, blank Doc in with no warning but seconds later if I move it out, the warning pops up.

As you said earlier...strange.
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19 Nov 2014   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Favorites is a much different location than anywhere else on a machine,
It's the only location that can't be shared via home group...
So I would say it's normal,
Cheers.
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