bookie32, I just reread your posts more closely and realized you were using Windows Explorer to rearrange your shortcuts, not Internet Explorer. Sorry for my misunderstanding. Using the few default Favorites stored in C:\Users\Administrator\Favorites\, as I said, I don't use IE so there weren't many there, I tried to move them using Windows Explorer and I think I got the same error you're talking about -
These files might be harmful to your computer
Your Internet security settings suggest that one or more files may be harmful. Do you want to use it anyway?
If I was trying to move shortcuts that way and got a popup for every shortcut I wanted to move I can see how that would be annoying. For me, the files are indeed stored on an NTFS volume, and they are just Internet shortcuts, nothing special. I tried to use NirSoft's AlternateStreamView x64 v1.40 and it didn't indicate that these shortcuts had any Alternate Data Stream, if I used it correctly.
jaclaz, if I understand what I'm seeing correctly, the "issue" does not seem to be with the files themselves, but rather the location is being "protected" by Windows when moving files between two open Windows Explorer windows.
I tried this test. I had a shortcut "USA.gov", ("http://www.usa.gov/"), in "C:\Users\Administrator\Favorites\Links for United States" - [henceforth referred to as "OriginalFolder"]. FWIW, Windows Explorer let me rename, and even edit the properties of the shortcut however I wanted with no warnings of any kind.
I created three test folders "C:\test1" ["test1"], "C:\test2" ["test2"], and "C:\Users\Administrator\Favorites\test3" ["test3"].
Using Windows Explorer I opened "OriginalFolder" and moved the shortcut to "test3" by dragging the shortcut from the open folder to "test3" over in the left-hand column of the same Windows Explorer window. No warning. I put the shortcut back in the "OriginalFolder" in a similar manner. No warning.
I opened "OriginalFolder" and I also opened "test3" in a separate window and tried to move the shortcut by dragging the file between the two windows similar to what bookie32 showed in his pic in post 9 and I got the above warning.
I could also move the shortcut from "OriginalFolder" to "test1" or "test2" in the left-hand column of the same Windows Explorer window and back with no warning. Moving it from "OriginalFolder" to either "test1" or "test2" opened in a separate window got the warning. Once in "test1", I could move the shortcut to "test2" or anywhere else on any disk in my system using the same or separate windows with no warning. But once the shortcut was in "C:\Users\Administrator\Favorites\" or any subfolder, then I got the warning if I tried to move the shortcut to any other location opened in a separate window.
So, any ideas how to allow moving the shortcuts between windows in the "C:\Users\Administrator\Favorites\" tree without getting a warning?
bookie32, in the meantime, it looks like as long as you move the files using only one Windows Explorer window you should be fine.
Cheers and Regards
Edited by bphlpt, 10 January 2014 - 12:14 AM.