USB drive showing as Internet security zone

October 2, 2011 at 13:49:05
Specs: Windows XP
Suddenly, when accessing files like zip archives on my external USB hard drive, I'm getting an annoying pop-up message saying "Internet Explorer - This page has an unspecified potential security risk. Would you like to continue?"
I get the pop-up every time I right click on a zip file.

Windows has decided the drive is in it's "Internet zone"

I can find loads of help on the internet for adding shared network drives to one's intranet zone (by adding the network path in Internet options), but this is just a simple USB hard disk! I do have a home network, but this drive isn't shared on it at all.

If I select the drive in Windows Explorer, it says "Internet" in the bottom right corner of the Explorer window.

Other USB drives connected at the same time all say "My Computer" in that bottom corner.

Please can you tell me how to convince Windows that this drive is part of 'My Computer' once more?

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October 2, 2011 at 23:23:02
It does sound like it's infected.

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October 9, 2011 at 17:00:31
I don't see why a virus infection on the drive would change Windows recognition of it to a state MORE likely to stop the virus doing any harm!

Anyway, the drive ISN'T infected according to MS Security Essentials or Kaspersky scans.

Anyone else have any ideas on how to change this zone?

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