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Windows 7: SmartScreen Filter flagging a download link as unsafe


15 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
SmartScreen Filter flagging a download link as unsafe

A program I often recommend to friends and family, FileSearchEX, was suddenly today showing up as unsafe in IE9's SmartScreen filter. Could it be because they released an update yesterday? How does something get marked as unsafe in IE9? I've downloaded the software and virus scanned it ... it works and checks out fine. Naturally, I'm embarrassed as people are telling me about the link, and it is only the actual link to the executable.



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15 Feb 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Someone reported that site for some reason or another. I've been a member of forum communities before where a banned user has done this to try and give the site problems.
The best thing you can do is inform the people that own the site of the problem, as they may not be aware.
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15 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Okay, wow ... I wonder how many people it takes to report a link bad to make this happen? I have noticed that CNET and some other sites are wrapping executable in their own installers ... I wonder if that could reflect back to the original link. Anyway, I'll pass this news on.
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15 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Happened to me a couple hours ago on a site that many here on the forum recommend for music file reading (Jaangle) IE 9 SmartScreen filter told me the file was bad, but was OK
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15 Feb 2012   #5
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Apparently the .temp files folder might be causing a problem.
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16 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Apparently the .temp files folder might be causing a problem.
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I don't get what you mean?
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17 Oct 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I just downloaded Windows 7 SP1 with IE9 from microsoft.com, and after downloading it told me "This program was reported as unsafe". Apparently no one at Microsoft is monitoring what gets reported.
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