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Hi,

We have an internet speed test application that we distribute as an exe file. Is there a way to prevent the security warning from IE / FF to be displayed? I was told that signing it with a certificat would do the job. I did try that and the warning still shows up.. so I either sign it wrong or it is not the solution.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Merete
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just zip  the file before distributing, use either a zip or rar program, I really would like to deter you from disabling these warnings its just too irresponsible and dangerous.

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by:PUB_UL
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I don't want to distribute it as a zip.

So you're absolutely certain it can't be done even with a certificat?

Thanks
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by:Merete
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Chapter 6 - Digital Certificates
Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6 uses digital certificates to authenticate clients and servers on the Web and to ensure that browser communications are secure. Read this chapter to learn about certificates and about how to configure settings for the certificates that you trust.

scroll down to >>>
Installing and Removing Trusted Certificates
1.
 On the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click the Content tab.
 
2.
 Click Certificates.
 
3.
 Click one of the following tabbed categories for the type of certificates you want to install or remove:

• Personal. Certificates in the Personal category have an associated private key. Information signed by using personal certificates is identified by the user's private key data. By default, Internet Explorer places all certificates that will identify the user (with a private key) in the Personal category.
 
• Other People. Certificates in the Other People category use public key cryptography to authenticate identity, based on a matching private key that is used to sign the information. By default, this category includes all certificates that are not in the Personal category (the user does not have a private key) and are not from CAs.
 
• Intermediate Certification Authorities. This category contains all certificates for CAs that are not root certificates.
 
• Trusted Root Certification Authorities. This category includes only self-signed certificates in the root store. When a CA's root certificate is listed in this category, you are trusting content from sites, people, and publishers with credentials issued by the CA.
 
• Trusted Publishers. This category contains only certificates from trusted publishers whose content can be downloaded without user intervention, unless downloading active content is disabled in the settings for a specific security zone. Downloading active content is not enabled by default. For each available security zone, users can choose an appropriate set of ActiveX security preferences.

The following illustration shows the Certificate Manager with the Intermediate Certification Authorities category selected.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/ie/reskit/6/part2/c06ie6rk.mspx?mfr=true

hope this helps you, it may also pay to disable temporary firewalls etc.

 
 
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by:PUB_UL
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So for the security warning not to be displayed, the user has to change his settings?

The default settings of IE will ALWAYS display the security warning, right?
It really is a browser specific matter right? It doesn't seem to do so with Firefox, I'm I right?
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yep as far as I know
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