Windows Security keeps a tab on the files you transfer to your computer. Especially files that come from the Internet. If it is suspected that a file may be harmful, you will see the “These files may be harmful to your computer” warning.
While you can click OK and continue using the file, it can be annoying if you have to deal with multiple files or the warning happens repeatedly. Fortunately, you can disable this warning by accessing your Internet Properties dialog.
Why Does Windows Display the “These Files May Harm Your Computer” Warning?
You can get this warning when transferring files from another computer to your PC on the home network. Or if you transfer files from one storage drive to another drive on the same PC.
Does this message indicate that your files may be corrupt? No. This is a simple alert so you can identify files from other sources that enter your system, and Windows wants you to recognize the same.
This may not be an issue if you encounter some files sometimes. However, if you try to move tons of files from one drive to another, receiving a warning for all files can be annoying.
The solution to this warning depends on the issue you are facing. If you are working on a network drive, you can add your DNS address to the Intranet Zone to disable the warning.
However, if the security message appears when transferring files between drives on your computer, you should try several potential solutions to find the one that suits you.
1. Add Your IP Address to the Intranet Zone via Internet Properties
If you encounter this security alert when accessing files from your local network PCs or Network Attached Storage (NAS), you can add the IP address or DNS names associated with the devices. Local intranet zone. Here’s how to do it.
- Press Win + R to open trends.
- kind control and click OK ra to open Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel, go to Network and Internet.
- Next, click on Internet Options.
- on Internet Properties dialog, open Security tab.
- Next, select Local intranet option and then click Places button for Local intranet.
- In the new window, click lead buttons.
- on Add this website to the zone field, you need to add your mapped IP address and click input. For example, if you have a NAS device mapped to your local PC with an IP address 18.104.22.168then enter this IP address in the Add this website to the zone field and click input.
- Clicking Close to and OK ra to save changes.
If you add your map IP address to the Local internet zone, Windows will treat connections from this network as reliable and stop showing the security warning.
2. Uninstall Internet Explorer
You may sometimes see this security warning if you try to transfer files to the same drive. A potential fix for this problem includes uninstalling Internet Explorer. So, if you’re running Windows 10 or an older version of the OS, here’s how to uninstall Internet Explorer to fix the warning:
- Click the Winning key, and type powershell. Then, right-click on PowerShell and select Run as manager.
- on PowerShell window, type the following command and press entry to execute the order:
Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -FeatureName Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64 –Online
- Next, type Y to confirm the action.
- If executed, the above command will disable Internet Explorer on your PC.
Restart your PC to apply the changes. After starting, try moving the files to see if the Windows Security warning issue has been resolved.
3. Edit User Account Control Settings
If you trust the files, you can change your User Account Control Settings (UAC) to Never Notify. This is a temporary measure and is only useful if you want to transfer most files occasionally.
To change User Account Control settings:
- Press Win + R to open trends.
- kind control and click OK ra to open the Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel, click on Security and Maintenance.
- Here, click Edit User Account Control Settings option in the left pane.
- In the new window that opens, drag the slider down to third level.
- Clicking OK ra to save changes.
Now try transferring the files and check if Windows displays the security warning. If yes, open UAC settings and move the slider to the last level (Never announce).
Now you can make changes to your PC without being interrupted by the Windows Security alert.
After successfully transferring the files, be sure to change the UAC settings and set the slider to the second level (Just let me know if an app tries to make changes on my computer (default)).
Leaving UAC settings unused will make your system vulnerable to viruses and other threats.
4. Reset Your Windows Computer
If uninstalling Internet Explorer doesn’t help or if you don’t have Internet Explorer installed, try resetting Windows. This is a time consuming process, as the Windows reset function will remove all your apps and require a reinstall.
Alternatively, try installing Windows 11 without uninstalling your apps. If the issue persists, as a last resort, you will need to perform a clean installation of Windows to resolve the problem, as long as the issue is with your operating system and not the files or security settings.
Now You Can Transfer Files Without Windows Security Alert
This is a common Windows Security alert that you may encounter with certain files. However, frequent warning events can be annoying and may require a permanent fix.
Depending on whether you are transferring files from a network drive or locally, the solution to stopping this security alert may vary. You can also temporarily disable your UAC settings to move files without triggering the alert.