How To Disable the “This page has an unspecified potential security risk” message

By 14/02/2012February 1st, 2021How To

Hello lovely people 🙂

Don’t you find that annoying. Yes, I know it is a security risk, but obviously I do not care! This computer repairs blog will tell you exactly how to shut that thing up for good.

The Problem

An annoying pop up *This page has an unspecified potential security risk. Would you like to continue?* appears when you are trying to right click on a file – such as a zip file. We find it even more annoying because we’re not even using Internet Explorer!

how to disable unspecified potential security risk message

If you try and drag/copy files out of the folder  the problem gets even worse and you get the error *Do you want to move or copy files from this zone?*

do you want to move or copy files from this zone

It can be very annoying indeed!

The Reason

Windows is not detecting your local network properly and this is why you are getting the message, it is just assuming that there is a security risk. Basically, this just goes back to the concept of *Security Zones*-  if you have ever looked in Internet Explorers options panel you may have seen them.

It’s just to prevent rogue websites or applications from passing a UNC path as a link to run an application, Windows will detect that a UNC path (like computernamesharename) is not part of your local network, and prompt you before doing anything that could be unsafe. This security feature is very annoying, but it is also quite necessary.

What we need to do is manually add the mapped drive computer name to the exception list.

How to fix the Problem

Open up Internet Options from Internet Explorer’s Tools Options menu, or from the Control Panel. Once there, select the Security tab, click on the “Local intranet” icon, and then click on the “Sites” button.

local intranet settings

What you can do is click on the “Advanced” button, if you only map drives to a few machines and then add each machine name with this format:


For instance, the name of our file server is superfast, so we would put in file://superfast and then click the Add button. (Make sure to click the Add button!)

add website to zone

You can alternatively uncheck the “Automatically detect intranet network”, If you have a number of machines on your network and then check the other three boxes. This prevents you from having to enter each machine name manually, but allowing all network paths is probably not the most secure method, better to manually enter the machine name as detailed above.

local intranet settings 2

Please Note we were completely unable to use this method to remove the security pop ups when using an IP address to map drives. So, you will need to switch to using the computer name when mapping drives in order to remove the messages. Technically we could remove the security pop ups across the board using the Custom Level button, but that would leave your computer with a security hole.

You can right-click on the file without any issues, now that we have added the exception:

disk cleanup drive menu

You can also copy files and generally interact with the network share without any problems.

This should also work in Windows 7.

I do hope this computer repairs blog has helped you out.

Over and out


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