I actually developed the reflex to right click and unblock each an every file I download now. It's stupid, isn't it? I should have imagined there was a way to disable that Windows feature instead of just learning how to live with the problem.
Well, no more. Here's how you can disable it. Credit goes to this article.
- Run gpedit.msc (the group policy editor)
- Go to User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Attachment Manager
- Find the setting named Do not preserve zone information in file attachments and enable it
- Log off then log back on, or update the current policies with: Gpupdate /force in any command prompt.
Note: If you're using Chrome it looks like there's some bug that may or may not be taken care of as you read this. Chrome doesn't seem to honor the policy setting and always mark the downloaded files as unsafe.
Now I just need to add this to the list of tasks anytime I get a new machine or repave one of them.