How to Stop Windows 10 from Blocking Downloaded Files?

If you have faced issues on your Windows 10 computer that you from opening the downloaded files on it, and don’t know how to solve it, you might want to keep reading this article till the end. To understand how it works, all files you download to an NTFS disc from the Internet are automatically added with specific metadata by the Windows 10 operating system, which treats them as attachments. Now, your PC blocks you from opening the downloaded file straight when you attempt to open it or run it. You are presented with a Windows SmartScreen warning. You are reading the proper post if you wish to stop Windows’ annoying behavior.

After you disable the smart screen, a message will appear on your screen that says:-

In this risewindows article, we are going to discuss the following ways that you can use to completely stop Windows 10 from blocking downloaded files:-

  1. Using Local Group Policy Editor
  2. Via Registry Editor

How to Stop Windows 10 from Blocking Downloaded Files using Local Group Policy Editor?

Gentle reminder: Local Group Policy Editor is not available in Windows 10 Home Edition; if you’d like to enable it, see our detailed instructions for doing so in Windows 10 (gpedit.msc).

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor on your computer.

Step 2: Now, in the following screen, type the following and press Enter:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Attachment Manager

Step 3: Locate the policy titled “Do not preserve zone information in file attachments” on the right side of the screen. Double-click the policy to see its attributes.

Step 4: Select the Enabled option.

Step 5: Click on Apply.

Step 6: Click on OK.

Once you complete the above steps, You would be able to open downloaded files on your Windows 10 computer.

Choose the Not Configured option in step 3 above in case you change your mind and want to go back to the default settings.

How to Stop Windows 10 from Blocking Downloaded Files via Registry Editor?

Use the following steps to prevent blocking Windows 10 from opening downloaded files:-

Step 1: Open Registry Editor on your computer.

Step 2: In the next window, type the following and press Enter:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

Step 3: Ignore this step if you see an Attachments folder under Policies; if not, you must create a new key.

Select New from the context menu of the Policies folder, and then select Key. Change the key’s name to Attachments.

Step 4: Next, use the right-click menu to select the Attachments key in the left pane. Next, click on New, followed by DWORD (32-bit) Value. The newly formed DWORD should now be called ScanWithAntiVirus.

Step 5: Double-click on ScanWithAntiVirus in the Attachments’ right-side pane to override its default setting. Value data should be changed from 0 to 1.

Step 6: Click on OK.

Step 7: Close the Registry Editor after completing the above steps.

Step 8: Reboot your Windows 10 computer finally.

After completing the above steps, warnings will show up on your screen when you open the downloaded file on your Windows 10 computer.

Navigate to the following in case you change your mind and want to enable the Attachment Manager policy again:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments

Double-click on the ScanWithAntivirus DWORD (32-bit) value, which is located on the right side of the Attachments folder, and set its value data to 0.

That is it.

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