save Zone:Identifier:$DATA to a specific folder

Posted on 2010-09-18
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have an automated script (I did NOT write it) that works on the directory it is placed in.  After an upgrade to a new machine with IE8 preinstalled, When I download the file(s) for the script I am getting a 2nd file called "DownloadedFile.exe:Zone:Identifier:$DATA" in the folder - It seems to be some sort of cookie produced by IE8??  
Is there anyway to tell IE8 to save this to a folder I choose - or even better to not save this (I don't care if it is downloaded, just don't want it to end up in the same folder as the downloaded files).

I am not sure where to place this question as I am not sure exactly what is generating it, either it hasn't been saved before or was saved somewhere else on the old machine.  Thanks for any help with this!
Question by:James Stone
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ID: 33713551
Looks like some sort of ADS... Happens to all files downloaded? Can you pelase post a screenshot, or even attach one of those files here?
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ID: 33713557
And assuming it has a Hidden attribute probably? It might be related to how Windows tracks where a file came from, as to whether or not it is 'blocked' when you try and access it.....

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by:James Stone
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Thanks for the reply - I am not at work, but I got this file when I downloaded AVG antivirus - it is the same thing I get at work.  I had to add the .txt to get it to upload.  
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by:James Stone
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Just noticed that the complete file name didn't upload the files original name was - "avg_free_stb_en_9_117_free.exe:Zone.Identifier"  with avg_free_stb_en_9_117_free.exe being the downloaded file.
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ID: 33731133
Looks like it is just a tag for the Internet Zone it was downloaded from.....

Good explanation. It is an ADS, but I dont know why you are seeing it..... Most ADS streams are not visible, without a util like ADSSpy....

They are removed once you hit the Unblock button in the file properties..... Not sure why you are seeing them.... Maybe you have some sort of security app that unhides them?


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by:James Stone
ID: 33733151
Thanks for the information - at least now I know what it is exactly.  What got me started on this was the script I use to automate (I did not write it), is reading this file along with the file it should read.  Is this file supposed to be deleted and isn't by my configuration or is the file always there and just has a hidden attribute?
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johnb6767 earned 500 total points
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It can be delted, with no problem, Windows wont be able to tell you that a file was downloaded from the internet, and will not prompt you when launching it..... Thats the only side effect of deleting it I can see......

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