I know this is an old question and I have spent the last hour reading old threads on this problem but to no avail.
To summarize: whenever I try to download an .exe file, IE shows a blank page with only a little default .gif picture at the top left of the screen. Even if I click on this , nothing happens.
I have had no rpoblems with spyware or any malware. My gut feeling is that IE somehow is set up to refuse .exe downloads as a safety measure.
In one thread, someone suggested to remove the .exe extension from the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Softwar
I did that and it did not help. (I then thought that I had to reboot for the effect to take place but when I rebooted the .exe. had been brought back. I removed it again, open IE and try to download a .exe file but the same problem happened. Maybe I have to do something else to permanently remove the .exe extension from the registry?)
Someone else (sramesh2k) mentioned that the .exe extension had to be removes from a list of unsafe extensions in the file shdocvw.dll. I tried to have a look but it shows up as mostly garbage when opened with wordpad. The same person gave the following link to help with the problem: http://is-it-true.org/nt/registry/rtips324.shtml
, but when I tried this I got a list of stuff not relevant to the present problem (I am guessing that this site is changed periodically and the original, relevant information has been moved).
I hope someone can help.