Holy cow, I wrote a book!
My Little Program about manipulating the zone identifier for downloaded files
appears to have struck a nerve with commenter Tess,
launched into some sort of diatribe about how Microsoft should
stop being a busybody and warning users about opening files that
You are welcome to disable the feature if it offends you so.
For bonus points, you can set a bunch of other policies
to make your computer even more dangerous.
Here's a list of them.
For example, if your goal is to create the most insecure
deployment of Internet Explorer, you can set
Inclusion list for moderate risk file types and
Inclusion list for low risk file types both to
and then on top of that, set
Launching applications and unsafe files to
Enabled (not secure)
so that Internet Explorer never warns you about running anything.
Welcome to 1995. Enjoy your stay.