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Windows 7: 'Some files can contain viruses' warning when clicking on hyperlinks

17 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
'Some files can contain viruses' warning when clicking on hyperlinks

It is very useful to be able to open files referred to in Excel files via a hyperlink to the file itself. In many xslx files (Office 2007) this works fine. In others I get a warning message (with blue question mark) asking me if I really want to open the file. I can't see what makes one Excel file work without a warning and others not.... The hyperlinks in the current file are all to small .wav files on my PC.

I have spent (wasted) an hour now Googling, trying various recommended registry tweaks (EditFlags etc), downloading Microsoft 'Fixit' fixes (that fix nothing)... I still get this warning every time I try to open a wav file via a hyperlink in the xslx file.

I know Microsoft try to make their stuff as 'idiot proof' as possible, to minimize their support workload, but not having a dialogue option to turn this warning off for the files/folders in question is very annoying. The folders are already in the Office 'Trusted Zone'.

Does anyone know how to turn these warning messages off? Globally if necessary. I really do object to being 'nursemaided' by MS like this. I'm not alone in that of course!

Many thanks! :)

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17 Oct 2013   #2

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM

See if Brink's post helps:

Open File Security Warning - Enable or Disable

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18 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Thanks for the link. Interesting, but I can't find anything there that helps. I downloaded the most likely reg file, but after installation and rebooting it makes no difference to what happens. I think this needs an MS Office-specific fix.


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19 Oct 2013   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Let me see if I can reproduce your issue.

Please pick one of the tiniest files that gives you this warning.
Create a folder with this path:
Place a copy of the tiny file in that folder.
Create/open a new Excel spreadsheet in that same folder.
Create a link to that tiny file.
Verify that you still get the warning when you try to open the file via the link.

If the warning still happens:
Close/save the spreadsheet.
ZIP that entire TEMP folder
Upload it in your next post and I'll see if I get the same warning.

I'll be testing inside an isolated Virtual Machine.
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20 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Hi. Thanks for the reply.

I did what you suggested and still get the warning, so am attaching the folder to this message,


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20 Oct 2013   #6

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

I do not get the warning using Office 2007 Excel (with or without SP3). Even moving the wav file to a remote computer, mapping a drive and editing the hyperlink did not cause any such warning. I'm not sure what else to suggest. The KB in your OP should have fixed it for you.

If you really get desperate, you could try Process Monitor - but there is a learning curve.
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20 Oct 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

Different settings in your PC I guess. The $64,000 question would be, which ones? Thanks for trying...

Yes, I have Process Monitor, but I think I'll just have to accept this. Most of my hyperlinks in Office documents link to folders and those work fine. The few I have that link to files, I'll have to put up with - unless anyone has any further ideas on how to stop this message coming up every time.
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20 Oct 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

I don't know if this is applicable to your situation martinlest, but you could try getting your AV to scan the drive beforehand, which may stop the message. Your post No 3 shows drive E, so I assume that is where you have the file.
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20 Oct 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

If you are in doubt about a file, upload it to this site and have it thoroughly checked. If it comes out clean, then it is clean.
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20 Oct 2013   #10

Windows 7 Pro-x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by martinlest View Post
The folders are already in the Office 'Trusted Zone'.
I'm not sure what you mean by "Office Trusted Zone". The folder(s) need to be placed in Excel Trusted Locations. This differs from Word or other trusted settings. If you have entered a location that has subfolders, be sure to set the option to include subfolders.

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